Archive for September, 2006

Commission Posts New EHR Criteria Online

This week the Certification Commission for Healthcare IT (CCHIT) posted proposed criteria for ambulatory and inpatient electronic health records on its Web site. CCHIT is accepting public comments until Oct. 27. The criteria is planned to be finalized by the end of the year, and CCHIT will test it in early 2007 and then accept [...]

Computer System Improves Vision in Cortical Blindness

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen have shown that a specialized computer system can enlarge the visual field in status post stroke patients. Cortical blindness is a result of a stroke’s damage to the visual pathways in the brain, while the eye itself is completely intact. A computer system that contains visual stimuli which flash [...]

AMIA Report on Secondary Use of Health Data

Health information has become valuable. The access and aggregation of healthcare data poses philosophical including ethical, political, technical, and economic challenges. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) did not adequately address the issues of sharting health data. The American Medical Informatics Asociation (AMIA) conviened a panel of experts to make recommendations for guidelines [...]

Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards 2006

The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards for 2006 were announced today. OVERALL WINNERS Gold Winner-Sun Microsystems (U.S.): DTrace trouble-shooting software Silver Winner-HelioVolt (U.S.): Lightweight solar-energy panels Bronze Winner-Pfizer and Nektar Therapeutics (U.S.): Powdered, inhalable insulin Honorable Mention-Sonos (U.S.): Digital-music networking system BIOTECH-MEDICAL Winners- Pfizer and Nektar Therapeutics (U.S.): Powdered, inhalable insulin Runner-Up-Xencor (U.S.): Technology [...]

Yesterday’s Technology

An amazing website of past technologies (or almost technologies) called Modern Mechanix describes all of the wonderful technological advances that passed us by. Enjoy this look at the marvels of yesterday called “Yesterday