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Health Management Technology News
December 5, 2013

In this issue:

Obamacare Tops October Sign-Ups in First 2 December Days

1 million people visited health care website Monday

Microsoft developed a 'smart' bra

Coverage from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting Dec. 1-6: Double Black Imaging, Toshiba, GE Healthcare


Obamacare Tops October Sign-Ups in First 2 December Days

More people signed up for Obamacare health plans in the first two days of December than in all of October after the U.S. government rehabilitated its error-prone insurance-exchange website.

About 29,000 people selected health plans through the federal exchange from Dec. 1 through Dec. 2, according to a person familiar with the data who asked not to be identified because the final numbers are being cross-checked. About 26,000 people in October bought health plans though the federal system.

The new numbers provide some hope to the administration that President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul can succeed after the botched Oct. 1 debut of the online insurance marketplaces stymied customers with outages, slow load times and garbled data. Obama yesterday began a three-week campaign to regain momentum for his signature initiative, which he said is seeing increasing participation.

“We certainly expect enrollment to increase given technical improvements we’ve made to the site,” Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an e-mail without providing specific data. “We are two months into a sustained six-month long open enrollment period that we expect will ramp up over time.”

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1 million people visited health care website Monday

WASHINGTON — One million people accessed HealthCare.gov on Monday, its first weekday of operation since a team of technology experts finished a series of fixes aimed at stabilizing the troubled website, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday.

Julie Bataille, the agency's communication director, said an additional 380,000 people had visited the site by noon Tuesday.

Sunday, officials announced the site is capable of handling 50,000 people at a time, for a "conservative" total of about 800,000 people a day.

The site includes a new tool, a "reset button" for people who tried to access the site early in the launch and became stuck in the system — unable to verify their application or to log in.

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Microsoft developed a 'smart' bra

It's no longer enough to have smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs and smart cars. Now a tech company is bringing artificial intelligence to lingerie.

Researchers at Microsoft have developed a prototype of a "smart bra" embedded with physiological sensors that seek to monitor a woman's heart activity to track her emotional moods and combat overeating. The sensors can signal the wearer's smartphone, which then flash a warning message to help her step away from the fridge and make better diet decisions.

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Coverage from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting Dec. 1-6: Double Black Imaging, Toshiba, GE Healthcare

Double Black Imaging releases full line of LED displays with Web-based & mobile calibration app

Double Black Imaging will be demonstrating a full line of auto-calibrating LED displays at RSNA. The new line includes 6MP Color and 10MP Monochrome large format LED displays. As well as 2MP Color, 2MP Monochrome, 3MP Color, 3MP Monochrome and 5MP Monochrome. These environmentally friendly and ergonomically designed LCDs exceed industry standards with 4 built in sensors: Front sensor, Temperature sensor, an Ambient light sensor and a backlight sensor. This equips each DBI LED display system with complete Auto-DICOM Calibration via their X-CAL Calibration suite.

X-CAL Web based calibration software suite allows for remote DICOM calibration and conformance, luminance adjustment, reporting, MQSA testing and documentation, email alerting, scheduling and enterprise management. Double Black Imaging also is highlighting their new X-CAL mobile App which allows for complete enterprise control on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

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Safer CT Exams with Toshiba’s Dose Reduction Technology

AIDR 3D Included on All New Aquilion CT Systems

Healthcare providers can now deliver the safest CT exam possible, as Toshiba Medical Systems’ most advanced dose reduction technology, Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D), comes standard on all new AquilionTM CT systems: Aquilion ONETM ViSION Edition, Aquilion ONE, Aquilion Premium, Aquilion PRIME, Aquilion RXL and Aquilion LB.

“Toshiba is committed to making advanced dose reduction technology available to all CT users, not only for high-end systems or through expensive software or hardware options,” said Satrajit Misra, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “With the introduction of our new Aquilion LB, the large bore system, AIDR 3D now comes as standard technology on our entire product lineup. CT dose and safety is not a choice that our customers and their patients should have to make.”

AIDR 3D is Toshiba’s third-generation iterative dose reconstruction software that incorporates significant system enhancements by reducing radiation dose compared to conventional scanning. It helps Toshiba CT customers achieve the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle, while still producing the image quality needed for accurate diagnoses.

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GE Healthcare Delivers Innovative Technology to Advance Cancer Care

As part of its ongoing commitment to accelerating cancer innovation and assembling tools to fight the disease, GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), will highlight the benefits of the company's broad portfolio of advanced cancer treatment solutions at the 2013 Radiological Society of North America (#RSNA13) annual meeting. GE's innovations, including Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) and Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS) diagnostic imaging procedures, provide clinicians with improved tools to better detect cancer and monitor therapy. These breakthrough offerings are in the spirit of GE Healthcare's $1 billion commitment to fight cancer.

Q.Clear^ delivers both PET quantitation and image quality

Clinicians will soon have a tool to quickly and confidently evaluate a patient's response to cancer treatment utilizing Q.Clear, which provides up to two times improvement in both PET quantitative accuracy (SUV(mean) ) and image quality (signal-to-noise ratio). Over the last decade, PET image reconstruction technology has been designed to provide better image quality, reduced acquisition time and lower injected dose. Current PET iterative reconstruction technologies, such as Time of Flight (TOF) and OSEM, force a compromise between image quality and quantitation. GE Healthcare's new 510(k)-pending Q.Clear technology on display at RSNA, shows the advantage of full convergence PET imaging without compromise between quantitation and image quality.

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