Archive for March, 2009

Stimulating the Adoption of Health Information Technology

A commentary from today’s New England Journal of Medicine from David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Exerpts One of HITECH’s (health information technology – collectively labeled HITECH in the law) most important features is its clarity of purpose. Congress apparently sees HIT

Brain On A Chip

Scientists from the FACET project have a working prototype of a ‘brain on a chip’ They are trying to answer the question, ‘how does the human brain run itself without any software?’ The goal of the FACETS (Fast Analog Computing with Emergent Transient States) project is to create a theoretical and experimental foundation for the [...]

Review of Barriers to Adoption of Electronic Personal Health Records

There as been increased interest in personal health records as an electronic tool to manage health information. A group led by a UCSF researcher James S. Kahn, MD has identified cost, privacy concerns, design shortcomings and difficulties sharing information across different organizations as critical barriers hindering broad implementation of electronic personal health records. The barriers [...]

Virtual Reality or Real Virtuality?

Scientists have been developing virtual reality devices for nearly two decades. But until now, most have only been able to recreate sound and vision. Now a team of British academics from York and Warwick universities have launched a project to create the first authentic VR helmet – a device that stimulates the senses so convincingly [...]