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Remote care gets one step closer to ‘The Jetsons’

TELEMEDICINE

iRobot, famous for its Roomba home-vacuuming robot and mili-

tary mini-bots on tracks, has teamed up with InTouch Health to create RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant), an autonomous telemedicine solution on wheels that would fit right in next to the Jetsons’ maid Rosie. The RP-VITA was un- veiled at the InTouch Health 7th Annual Clinical Innova- tions Forum in July. RP-VITA is chock full of wish-list features if you were dreaming up such a device. Besides the telepresence and

auto-navigation capabilities that you might expect, the unit can be integrated with live patient data from elec- tronic medical records and can connect with diagnostic devices, such as otoscopes and ultrasound. It even comes equipped with the latest electronic stethoscope. A simple iPad interface helps with setting routes and interacting with the patient, family and care team. Learn more at: www.intouchhealth.com. .

EVENTS OCTOBER

The 84th AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, Oct. 1-3, Chicago, will draw HIM professionals from all areas of health informatics and information management for an intense focus on HIM’s global transformation. Learn how to implement some of the most important changes in HIM history. Pre- convention workshops take place Sept. 29-30. www.ahima.org/events/convention

INNO-VENTION 2012, Oct. 3-5, Rochester, Mich., is a Medical Main Street Conference focused on the complete lifecycle of medical device development. www.MedicalMainStreet.org

The Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, Oct. 13-16, Indian Wells, Calif., is built around a research- based model of CIO success pioneered by CHIME, called the CIO Success Factors. This event is followed by the CHIME12 Fall CIO Forum, Oct. 16-19, at the same location. www.cio-chime.org/events/events.asp

NOVEMBER

The 3rd Annual Cloud Security Alliance Congress 2012, Nov. 7-8, Orlando, is a hot- ticket gathering for IT security professionals and executives looking to further educate themselves on the rapidly evolving subject of cloud security. Special focus will be put on standardization, transparency of controls, mobile computing and big data in the cloud. www.misti.com

PUBLICATIONS

From explaining map basics to the spatial analysis of health is- sues, “GIS Tutorial for Health,”

by Kristen S. Kurland and Wilpen L. Gorr, helps health professionals and students learn how to analyze and man- age health data using geographic information systems (GIS). This fourth edition is fully revised and updated for ArcGIS Desktop 10 software. The workbook features ex- tended introductions to 11 tutorials addressing significant issues of healthcare and policy planning, and step-by-step exercises cover health map basics, data preparation for maps and the spatial analysis of health issues using GIS. Published by Esri Press.

RSNA 2012 – The 98th Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Nov. 25-30, Chicago, is the premier scientific and educational forum in radiology. Learn about the latest trends in radiologic research and attend cutting-edge technical exhibitions with 60,000 colleagues from around the world. www.rsna.org/Annual_Meeting.aspx

March 2013 HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition,

March 3-7, New Orleans, brings together the latest in technologies, patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, business best practices and personal growth all in one location. Experience thousands of products and services on the HIMSS13 exhibit floor. Don’t miss the new Knowledge Centers – powerhouses of education, product solutions, resources and industry experts – plus the Social Media Center, HIMSS Interoperability Showcase and much more. www.himssconference.org

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