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Implantable Drug Delivery Systems: Delivering Medication One Dose at a Time

September 28, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

Controlled, site-specific release of drugs and other therapeutic agents has emerged as a rather attractive alternative for companies that are looking to boost the efficacy of an existing product.Thebigger winner, however, is the patient.A significant advantage that implantable drug delivery systems render via targeted therapies is fewer...[read more]

How Health IT Plans to Focus on Patient-centered Healthcare

September 25, 2015 by Phil C. Solomon

 On Monday, September 23rd the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), outlined their continued vision, goals and strategy for health IT with the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015–2020 (Plan). The Plan’s aim is to improve the health...[read more]

Emotion tracking tools –only for trivial purposes?

September 22, 2015 by David E Williams

Who am i?I was surprised that the Boston Globe’s (Waltham firm helps computers learn empathy by mapping the human face) highlighted such unimportant opportunities for the technology. Here’s what MIT Media Lab spinoff Affectiva is doing, according to the Globe:Helping companies measure emotional responses to advertisingSpitting out pieces...[read more]

Presenting at Stanford Medicine X

September 21, 2015 by Colleen Young

I’m excited to be returning to Stanford Medicine X (Sept. 25-27) this year to speak on a panel with Susannah Fox, Pam Ressler,  Wendy Sue Swanson and Jodi Sperber. In our session Privacy: Preventing Harm or Innovation we will examine the nuances of privacy and hopefully inspire people to rethink and reframe privacy wit...[read more]

Telehealth and Virtual Care: The Next Wave!

September 17, 2015 by Colleen Young

By Mark Casselman (@markcasselman) CEO, COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics AssociationMark CasselmanTelehealth adoption and use is surging across Canada and in many countries around the world. A form of virtual care delivery, telehealth is bridging gaps between health professionals, improving health service delivery, empowering patients...[read more]

Technology advances in spine surgery

September 15, 2015 by Patrick Driscoll

Manufacturers, clinicians and others focusing on technology advancement in spine surgery are not developing radical innovations, but are making enough incremental improvements in a number of ways that result in growth in the industry.  Most improvements fall into a number of categories:New materials technologies: Historically,...[read more]

This Month [August] in Telemedicine

September 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

This Month [August] in TelemedicineModerated by: Jonathan Linkous Chief Executive Officer, American Telemedicine AssociationGary Capistrant Chief Policy Officer, American Telemedicine AssociationThis month in Telemedicine webcast was interesting because more than once was the ATA sentiment geared towards realizing the big picture of...[read more]


Healthcare Technology and the DocResponse Revolution - Meet Your New Best Friend in Healthcare

September 9, 2015 by Danyell Jones

I recently discovered DocResponse, a phenomenal online symptom checker that has recently been recognized by Harvard Medical School and The British Medical Journal as the most accurate symptom checker available on today's market. Not only are the individual applications of this astounding (never google your symptoms again!), but DocResponse has the potential for broad based utilization in the healthcare delivery market helping organizations maximize resources, more effectively provide patient care and save money.[read more]

What’s the Big Deal about GPUs in Ultrasound Imaging?

September 9, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

If you’ve wondered how a little video game box could produce and destroy high-resolution, 3D fantasy worlds in the blink of an eye, look no further than the console’s graphics processing unit or GPU.GPUs are better equipped than CPUs – the central processing unit that processes data in most computers – to quickly compute functions and...[read more]

Driving Innovation the GE way- GETech Mela Coverage

September 8, 2015 by Ruchi Dass

‘Reverse innovation,’ a principle well established in the business world, describes the flow of ideas from emerging to more developed economies. Reverse innovation refers to the process of first identifying and/or fostering a successful innovation in a LIC that addresses an unmet need in a HIC, then adapting and spreading the innovation...[read more]

Speaking from the Heart with Patient Empowerment Network

September 7, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

This spring, I had the honor of speaking as part of a panel of doctors and patients in Phoenix, AZ, for a one-day melanoma town hall produced by the advocacy site Andrew Schorr, a two-time cancer survivor and founder of Patient Power, hosted the event that brought together a local audience, as well as online viewers....[read more] charges in to healthcare with Health Cloud — interview with CMO Joshua Newman

September 3, 2015 by David E Williams

Joshua Newman, MD –Salesforce’s Chief Medical announced its move into healthcare this week with Health Cloud, which aims to help providers manage patient relationships, not just patient records.I asked Joshua Newman, MD, MSHS, who is Salesforce’s Chief Medical Officer and GM of Healthcare and Life Sciences...[read more]