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IMAGING 3D holographic images in the OR

T e future is now when it comes to 3D imaging. T at, at least, is the mantra being chanted by members of a partnership between Royal Philips and RealView Imaging. T e team announced in October that it

had completed a clinical study demonstrating the feasibility of using live 3D holographic visualization and interaction technology to guide minimally invasive structural heart disease procedures. T e pilot study, which involved eight patients, was conducted in collaboration with the Schnei- der Children’s Medical Center in Petach Tikva, Israel. RealView’s visualization technology was used to display real-time 3D holographic images acquired by Philips’ interventional X-ray and cardiac ultrasound systems. Doctors in the interventional team were also able to

view detailed, dynamic 3D holographic images of the heart “fl oating in free space” during a heart procedure – without using special eyewear. T e doctors were able to manipulate the projected 3D heart structures by literally touching the holographic volumes in front of them. T e study dem- onstrated the potential of the technology to enhance the context and guidance of structural heart repairs. Source: Philips Healthcare

TELEHEALTH Cloud enables wide-scale adoption

T e newly FDA-cleared Intel-GE Care Innovations Connect RCM (remote care management) platform is helping remote patient monitoring take a big step forward in terms of ease of use and data collection for patients, providers, and payers. T e big news here is that providers and payers no longer need to supply a dedicated in-home telehealth device to patients with chronic diseases or in post-acute discharge situations. Patients need, at a mini- mum, only an Internet-connected PC, tablet, or phone to access the Care Innovations Guide platform with Connect RCM. An annual enterprise subscription model simplifi es remote care program economics for providers; it is based on the number of clinicians and administrators instead of a linear per-patient cost model. T e cloud-based Connect RCM application facilitates the collection and transmission of daily biometric data mea- surements and provides access to clinician-directed health sessions, videoconferencing, and interactive education delivery. Visit to learn more. Source: Intel-GE Care Innovations


1,099 ‘Top Performer’ hospitals named in JC annual report Thirty-three percent

of Joint Commission- accredited hospitals re- porting accountability measure data for 2012 are Top Performer hos- pitals, according to “Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2013.” These hospitals use evidence- based care processes that are delivered “in

the right way and at the right time.” T e Top Performer designation is based on performance

related to accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma care, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism (VTE) care, stroke care, and immunization. Hospitals are required to select and report on four measure sets, and each of the recognized hospitals had to achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above for all reported account- ability measures. T ey also had to achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases. In addition, at least one core measure set had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures had a perfor- mance rate of 95 percent or above. T e “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” hospitals named in the new report represent a 77 percent increase in Top Performer organizations from last year. Of the 1,099 Top Performer hospitals, 424 achieved the distinction for two years in a row, and 182 have earned the recognition every year since the program’s inception in 2011. Another 20 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012 were only one measure short of the Top Performer goal. T e list of Top Performer hospitals and measure sets is

available online at The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Source: T e Joint Commission


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