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How Big Data Hadoop Can Save Patients from a Crippling Healthcare System

July 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Hadoop to the rescue?

One of the biggest challenges that our information-driven healthcare industry faces is the fact that data is growing faster than healthcare organizations can consume it. 80% of medical data is unstructured, yet clinically relevant. The Big Data solution could be Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Hub.[read more]

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The Future of Medicine: How Cloud Computing Is Paving the Way to Better Medical Research

July 24, 2014 by Doug Bennett

Image: Pixabay.com

Finding ways to cut the costs of medical research along with its long timetable has been a goal for doctors for a long time, and a breakthrough looks to have finally been achieved through the use of cloud computing. At the heart of medical research using cloud computing is the vast potential from big data.[read more]

Digital Health Illustrated: The Human Side of Big Health Data

July 22, 2014 by Fard Johnmar

Health data is the black gold of the 21st century. In fact, as noted in a new report by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, we are collectively generating large quantities of “health data exhaust,” which is being collected, analyzed and used by a range of organizations, including insurance firms and wellness companies — for good and ill.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: No, the Facts Don't Always Speak for Themselves

July 14, 2014 by David Davidovic

BioPharma Beat

Shouldn't healthcare be all about making evidence-based decisions? Shouldn’t we credit research and data more than just anecdotal stories? At least that’s what we’re led to believe when we hear about the millions of dollars, high hurdles, and years it takes to approve new diagnostics, drugs and devices.[read more]

Start Using Electronic Data Capture in Clinical Trials

July 11, 2014 by Indy Kavelaars

EDCs

A recent publication suggests that Electronic Data Capture systems, or EDCs, should be implemented in clinical trials. The EDC software can reduce the overall trial costs by an estimated $347,600 in a phase ll trial of 20 sites, with 10 patients per site and a duration of 12 months plus data cleaning.[read more]

Sealants, Glues, Hemostats, Anti-Adhesion: An Evolved Market

July 9, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

Surgical Securement Product Segments Worldwide 2010-2019

In a forthcoming report on advanced technologies associated with the acute phase of wound management — specifically, hemostasis, closure and sealing — MedMarket Diligence will be revealing the state of the art and the industry for sealants, glues, hemostats, and other types of wound closure.[read more]

Doctors 2.0 & You Interview of Dr. Rafael Grossmann [VIDEO]

July 9, 2014 by Denise Silber

Dr. Rafael Grossmann

Michael Weiss interviews Dr. Rafael Grossmann, trauma surgeon and Google Glass Explorer, a healthcare professional of many “firsts,” including for the demonstration of Google Glass at our conference last year, shortly after Glass was made available.[read more]

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Big Data = Big Brother? Leveraging Transaction Data for Better Healthcare

July 9, 2014 by Charles Settles

photo: Jorge Franganillo / photopin cc

Based on the results of countless studies - such as a 2011 Synovate study in which 52% of women admitted lying to their healthcare providers - and the experience of thousands of physicians, the fact patients lie should come as no surprise to any medical provider. But what if physicians didn't have to rely on patient honesty?[read more]

IT Helps Smooth Transitions of Care

June 24, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital

Care transitions often result in additional work for both the patient and the healthcare providers concerned. How can you improve the coordination of care? How do you enhance the patient experience, reduce costly readmissions, and improve clinical outcomes?[read more]

Enhancing the "Coolness Factor" in Our Later Years

Making aging "cool" / shutterstock

Recently, I spoke at the spring meeting of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. My talk focused on how we can build better designs into products intended to help with the aging process. This would involve making “uncool” medical technologies into “cool” accessories of aging.[read more]

Technology and Healthcare Efficiency: Not Always the Perfect Match

June 21, 2014 by Kenneth Walz

Technology and healthcare efficiency.

Q&A Interview with David Lee Scher, M.D., discussing challenges in development and adoption of these technologies in today's healthcare environment. Dr. Scher is a cardiac electrophysiologist and a pioneer in remote patient monitoring, adopting such devices to his medical practice more than 13 years ago.[read more]

Why You Should Care About Your Personal Health Record and Access to Your Data

June 13, 2014 by Bill Crounse

personal health record

I know, yawn, another IT pundit writing about personal health records (PHRs) and why you should care about them. Let’s face it. Most of you reading this don’t. But what if we could connect to a kind of feedback system that would monitor our health status, and warn us when it detected something was going out of whack?[read more]