Technology

May 1st, 2013

ECG Alarm Alerts Docs to Silent Killer

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

An institution-wide, computer-based alert system for irregular heart rhythms identified and characterized patients at risk of death, researchers found. Patients identified by the alert system with a greater than 500 ms corrected interval between the Q and T waves of their ECG cycle had a significantly higher risk of death compared with a QTc interval […]

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Tags: alert system, Dr. Michael Ackerman, ECG alarm, irregular heart rhythms, MedPage Today


April 29th, 2013

Mayo Clinic captures top two awards for Innovative Services in Health Management

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Mayo Clinic captured the top two prizes for Innovative Services in Health Management, one of twelve categories presented by the Edison Awards at the ceremony in Chicago. The Gold went to the Mayo Clinic Patient App, which allows Mayo Clinic patients to have mobile access to their personal medical records and appointment schedules through the […]

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Tags: Edison Awards, Health Information, Innovative Services in Health Management, iPad App, Mayo Clinic Patient App, medical records, mobile access, News Medical, Patient Online Services


April 26th, 2013

Mayo Clinic Creates Institution-Wide Electronic Prolonged QT Interval Warning System

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Using a one-of-a-kind computer-aided program, Mayo Clinic has developed and implemented a Mayo-wide electronic warning system to identify patients at risk of QT-related deaths from an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system. The system informs all physicians, regardless of their specialty or QT awareness, if their patient’s ECG activated the QT alarm. In addition, the […]

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Tags: alarm, computer program, ECG, electrocardiogram, electronic warning system, HealthCanal, QT death


April 24th, 2013

FDA Device Surveillance to Tap Phone App

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Last year, a prominent cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, Robert G. Hauser, and colleagues published a study showing that an automated safety-surveillance software tool applied to large existing databases could have identified problems earlier than actually happened…Dr. Hauser, along with David L. Hayes of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and others, concluded the […]

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Tags: cardiovascular device, Dr. David Hayes, Dr. Robert G. Hauser, Minneapolis Heart Institute, safety surveillance software, Wall Street Journal


April 17th, 2013

Can a 24/7 Medical App Save Your Life? Better Thinks So.

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Better has made a mobile app that taps into the vast database of the Mayo Clinic to provide immediate health care information and assistance. Appearing onstage today at D: Dive Into Mobile, Better founder Geoff Clapp gave a demo and explained his vision for better health care through his new mobile app. Feigning stomach pains, Clapp […]

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Tags: All Things Digital, Better mobile app, D: Dive Into Mobile, Geoff Clapp, health care information, iPhone app, mobile app


April 16th, 2013

Ultrasound screening test from Mayo Clinic for heart health

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

The Mayo Clinic offers treatment options for aortic valve disease. Mayo Clinic cardiologist Todd Hurst, M.D. joined the cast of Sonoran Living Live for a discussion about the Mayo Clinic Heart Health and Performance Program…Dr. Hurst discusses the innovative ultrasound screening test of the arteries used to determine a patient’s vascular age and individualized plans that […]

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Tags: ABC-15, aortic valve disease, Dr. Todd Hurst, heart health, Heart Health and Performance Program, screening test, Sonoran Living Live, ultrasound, vascular age


April 9th, 2013

Anxiety? There’s an app for that

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

The Mayo Clinic is reporting around 2,000 downloads of its Anxiety Coach App, which for $4.99 gives people instructions for managing their fears and a log for recording their anxiety levels when they confront their fears. A Star Tribune story examined the strong relationship in children between the avoidance of fears and the development of severe anxiety. For some […]

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Tags: anxiety, Anxiety Coach app, Dr. Stephen Whiteside, pediatric anxiety, Star Tribune


April 2nd, 2013

Image Sharing Seeks to Reduce Repeat Scans

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Logistics are time-consuming when patients want to share an image with two or more doctors or track down older images so a new doctor can compare them with current results…The Radiological Society of North America, under contract with the National Institute of  Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, is overseeing the Image Share project, with pilot sites […]

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Tags: image share project, image sharing, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering, Radiological Society of North America, repeat scans, Wall Street Journal


March 29th, 2013

DrChrono adds Mayo Clinic content to iPad EHR for patient education

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Y-Combinator incubated company DrChrono, the EHR company currently focused exclusively on iPad- and iPhone-toting providers, has added digitized patient education content in an exclusive licensing deal with the Mayo Clinic to help its DrChrono customers fulfill the patient education component of meaningful use. Additional Coverage: DOTmed, mHIMSS   MobiHealthNews by Brian Dolan

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Tags: DrChrono, iPad, iPhone, MobiHealthNews, patient education


March 22nd, 2013

Intuitive Robosurgery Training Seen Lacking in Lawsuits

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG), the maker of robots used in 367,000 U.S. operations last year, is facing accusations in lawsuits that it put patients at risk by marketing the machinery to doctors without providing adequate training…In gynecology surgery, Mayo Clinic researchers found it takes 90 operations to become proficient on the robot, according to study […]

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Tags: adequate training, Bloomberg, Intuitive Surgical Inc., Obstetrics & Gynecology, robosurgery, robots


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