Archive for November, 2003

AHRQ To Support Health Information Technology Projects To Improve Patient Safety And Quality Of Care

As part of a larger initiative to support investments in information technology in the nation’s health care delivery system, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality today announced that it is seeking applications for approximately 100 grants to plan, implement, and demonstrate the value of health information technology to improve patient safety and quality of [...]

Reducing Medical Errors Requires National Computerized Information Systems

A new report by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies states that “to significantly reduce the tens of thousands of deaths and injuries caused by medical errors every year, health care organizations must adopt information technology systems that are capable of collecting and sharing essential health information on patients and their care.” To [...]

Online Patient Communication Options

Physician practices find email communication improves productivity and generates income The Online Patient-Provider Communication project provides a detailed review of electronic communication tools available to physician practices of all sizes; case study summaries on how single, multi-site, and integrated delivery systems use these tools; and vendor lists offering various online communication solutions. In this projet, [...]

Sharing Resources – The Real Internet

The way the Internet was meant to be. Open sharing of information, software, video, music, ideas and news. A recent article in Wired describes Ibiblio, “one of the Web’s oldest and largest digital libraries, has all this and much, much more — and all of it is completely free to visitors, thanks to backing from [...]

Wearable Voice Communication System

Providence Portland Medical Center has ventured into wireless communication with the Vocera Wearable Voice Communication System. In a hospital-wide effort to improve patient care through efficient clinical communication, Providence Portland Medical Center, part of Providence Health System, engaged Datavision to deliver the first phase of deploying a Vocera(TM) communications solution. The clinical staff at Providence [...]

Brain-computer interfaces

New research into how signals from the brain can be captured by a computer or other device to carry out an individual

Wearable Computers

The 7th International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC’03) took place Oct October 21-23, 2003. According to the press release “In the past six months, the stocks of publicly traded wearable computer companies have risen 100-400%! In Europe and Asia, funding for research in wearable computers has increased substantially, and wearable devices are becoming mainstream. Cellular [...]