Archive for January, 2007

Chips Go Molecular

Researchers from the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles have built a memory chip that is roughly the size of a white blood cell, about one-2,000th of an inch on a side. Published in the Jan. 25 issue of the journal Nature, scientists show the successful demonstration of a large-scale, [...]

Technology Reality Check

Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves that we need to temper our dependence on technology with good human judgment. A recent bug in the direction system in Google Maps sent drivers into a tail-spin and instructed them to make over 200 U-turns to get from Pennsylvania to their destination in New Jersey. Google has [...]

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference

The 2007 Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference (MMVR15) will be held on February 6 – 9, 2007 at The Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Long Beach, California. The title of this year’s conference is “in vivo, in vitro, in silico: Designing the Next in Medicine” About the Conference (from the website) MMVR is the premier conference [...]

Free E-Prescription Software for U.S. Physicians

According to Government Health IT, a coalition of nine technology companies, three major insurers and 12 health care provider organizations launched a five-year, $100 million project this week to provide e-prescribing software to every physician in the United States. Free e-prescribing software provided by the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI) should help drive doctors

Speaking Language Translator

Taking a page from Star Trek and its universal translator, Franklin has recently unveiled a palm-sized 12-language speaking global translator. The Speaking Global Translator contains over 450,000 words and 12,000 phrases, and speaks 115,000 words in recorded human voice. It is described as ‘ideal for communicating on almost any continent with 12 languages and translations [...]

Virtual Office Visits

You woke up not feeling well but don’t wish to take time off from work to drive to your doctor’s office to wait for over an hour to see him for 10 minutes. Maybe you can just email him and have a virtual visit? A new ‘proof of concept’ pilot project funded by the American [...]

GPS Footwear

The latest Global Positioning System (GPS) technology has been developed to track individuals anywhere on the planet. A recent article in the Miami Herald points out that you can forget to carry your phone, and you can forget to wear a watch but you can’t leave the house and forget to put on your shoes. [...]

Consumer’s Role in Health IT Grows

According to Modern Healthcare Online, next big thing in healthcare information technology in 2007, will be the role of consumers. The foundation for such a move was set down in 2006 where coalitions of major employers and payers unveiled ambitious plans to try to empower their employees and plan members with personal health records. They [...]