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Crowdfunding Cancer Research: Martin (Marty) Smith

September 2, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Marty Smith

Martin (Marty) Smith talks to Get Social Health about the radical change in his life when he heard the words cancer and his name in the same sentence. Taking the challenge as a call to action, Marty rode a bike across America, started a business and launched not one but two crowdfunding platforms for cancer research.[read more]

TalkItt: An App That Gives Voice to the Speech Impaired

September 2, 2014 by Diogo Costa

TalkItt is much more than a simple speech recognition software, as it can pick up specific patterns and syllables (like if someone says "sho-ko-la", the app will now that the person means "chocolate"), even creating something like a dictionary based on the user's type of speech.[read more]

The Role of Ultrasound Guidance in Heart Valve Procedures

August 19, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

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Diseases of the aortic and mitral valves are the most common heart valve disease, affecting more than five percent of the population. One way to get a complete view of the structure and function of the heart valves is with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).[read more]

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Open-Source EHR: Benefits and Drawbacks

August 14, 2014 by Charles Settles

As is the case in any "boom" industry, EHR software has had some well-publicized issues, including low user satisfaction, claims of fraud due to copy-and-paste or "upcoding," and poor interoperability between EHR programs. Open-source EHR software, while not a cure-all, can help solve many of these problems.[read more]

Fast-Forward Scanning

August 11, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

Aarthi Scans

In this video, Dr. P. Vignesh and V. Govindarajan from Aarthi Scans in Chennai, India, share how they managed to reduce MRI scan time by 20 percent. Now they are able to scan more patients per day and provide them quickly with a diagnosis of the health problems they are facing.[read more]

Interview with Jim Welch, EVP, Sotera Wireless

August 8, 2014 by Tim Gee

ViSi Mobile monitor

This interview is with a long established thought leader in patient monitoring and alarm notification, Jim Welch. Jim has demonstrated a knack for bringing a fresh approach to long-term persistent problems in monitoring, nursing vigilance and patient care.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Imagination Is More Important Than Innovation

August 5, 2014 by David Davidovic

I know that this will sound like heresy to most people in the “innovation machine” who could never accept that anything can be more important than innovation itself. But, in my view, innovation is more of the process and the output – and is not the actual catalyst.[read more]

Digital Health Illustrated: Big Health Data's Dark Side [VIDEO]

July 30, 2014 by Fard Johnmar

Big Data's dark side

In a previous episode of Digital Health Illustrated I discussed the benefits of health data, from its ability to speed medical research to even predict whether people will become ill. In this installment, I focus on questions related to the dark side of big health data.[read more]

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

July 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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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

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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]