Simulation Spotlight
Feb. 11, 2015

Shorter medical resident duty hours may be worse for patients and only slightly better for residents
Medical News Today
Shorter duty hours for medical residents, although marginally better for residents themselves, may result in worse patient care, according to a randomized trial assessing resident duty hour schedules in the intensive care unit, which is published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Our findings that overnight duty periods of 12 or 16 hours may be somewhat better for residents and worse for patients are relevant in Canada, the United States and Europe, where these shorter schedules are increasingly used, and underscore the need to further delineate this emerging signal before widespread system change," writes Dr. Christopher Parshuram, Department of Critical Care, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, with co-authors.More

VitalMedicals raises $1 million to make Glass apps for surgeons
Stanford spinoff VitalMedicals has raised $925,000 to continue developing Google Glass software that helps surgeons be continuously aware of patients' vital signs while doing surgery. The company is closing a final investor that will bring the round up to $1.1 million, CEO Ash Eldritch told MobiHealthNews in an email. More

AMA, MATTER partner to create 'physician office of the future'
HIT Consultant
The American Medical Association and MATTER, Chicago's new health tech incubator, announced a new partnership to create the trans formative health care innovation and technology-enabled "physician office of the future." The partnership includes creation of The AMA Interaction Studio at MATTER that will allow physicians, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals and industry experts to test new models for healthcare delivery.More

Oxford scientists simulate influenza virus on a computer
In order to find the weak points of growth and transmission of the influenza virus, researchers at University of Oxford have created a highly accurate computer simulation of the outer shell of the influenza A virion derived using different imaging modalities.More

Simulated patient program provides life-saving skills
A University of Tasmania health training program is aiming to better equip student doctors in performing sensitive physical examinations. The University's School of Medicine is recruiting for specialized simulated patients, or Clinical Teaching Associates, to help support the Hobart-based program. The simulated patient undergoes genital and other physical examinations, and provides feedback to student doctors on appropriate technique and communication skills.More

Payment reform concerns extend beyond the financial
HealthLeaders Media
Healthcare providers' concerns about payment reform efforts initiated by Medicare and other payers reach further than their angst over cost-cutting zealotry. As Medicare officials gear up to accelerate value-based payment reforms, healthcare providers are bracing for a rough ride.More

IBM's Watson stakes out new territory in japan
Ever since Watson first made its debut as a human-beating game-show contestant, IBM has been looking for ways to turn this vast collection of artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms, sometimes called "cognitive computing," into a money maker. Although commercial deployment of Watson-based technologies is behind company-set expectations, IBM has had some success with it in the United States in areas like education and healthcare.More

Human 'Organs-on-Chips' as replacements for animal testing
Jessica Taylor
Wyss Institutes Founding Director Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., kicked off SLAS2015 by focusing on the engineering of human "Organs-on-Chips" to a filled room of SLAS attendees Feb. 9. Ingber stated that the Wyss Institute is fulfilling their mission of transforming medicine and the environment by developing breakthrough technologies and facilitating their translation from the top to the marketplace. The Wyss Institute — launched six years ago with $125 million invested and the "largest gift in Harvard's history" — is the only place this innovation could happen.More

Apple's health tech takes early lead among top hospitals
Apple Inc.'s healthcare technology is spreading quickly among major U.S. hospitals, showing early promise as a way for doctors to monitor patients remotely and lower costs. Fourteen of 23 top hospitals contacted by Reuters said they have rolled out a pilot program of Apple's HealthKit service - which acts as a repository for patient-generated health information like blood pressure, weight or heart rate - or are in talks to do so. More

Security experts on Anthem breach: The biggest threat lurks inside your company
The impact of the recent cyberattack on health insurance company Anthem is rippling through the industry — but health IT leaders and experts say they're not surprised it happened. More

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