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Health Management Technology News
December 6, 2013

In this issue:

Enrollment Numbers Rise After Website Improves

Living without a pulse: Engineering a better artificial heart

10 key recommendations that will shape the next generation of HIE

Coverage from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting Dec. 1-6: Samsung, Toshiba, Canon

Enrollment Numbers Rise After Website Improves

WASHINGTON — About 29,000 people successfully navigated and selected an insurance plan on Sunday and Monday, more than the entire number of people who were able to enroll through the federal exchange during the month of October, according to a person familiar with the project.

Officials are still double-checking the data and said they would not release enrollment numbers for November until later this month. But the person said the website was working much better than in October, when only 26,000 people were able to enroll in a plan. Politico first reported the weekend enrollment numbers.

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Living without a pulse: Engineering a better artificial heart

The human heart beats 60 to 100 times a minute, more than 86,000 times a day, 35 million times a year. A single beat pushes about 6 tablespoons of blood through the body. An organ that works that hard is bound to fail, says Dr. Billy Cohn, a heart surgeon at the Texas Heart Institute. And he's right. Heart failure is the leading cause of death in men and women, killing more than 600,000 Americans every year.

For a lucky few, a heart transplant will add an average of 10 years to their lives. For others, technology that assists a failing heart -- called "bridge-to-transplant" devices -- will keep them alive as they wait for a donor heart.

Unfortunately, more often than not, the new heart doesn't arrive in time.

That's why Cohn and his mentor -- veteran heart surgeon Dr. O.H "Bud" Frazier -- are working to develop a long-term, artificial replacement for the failing human heart. Unlike existing short-term devices that emulate the beating organ, the new machine would propel blood through the body at a steady pace so that its recipients will have no heartbeat at all.

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10 key recommendations that will shape the next generation of HIE

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Foundation, a leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve healthcare information exchange, in partnership with industry leaders, has released the 2013 WEDI Report. The culmination of a nine-month public-private effort with more than 200 subject matter expert volunteers, the 2013 WEDI Report will serve as a new roadmap for Health IT over the next decade.

WEDI founder, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, served as the Honorary Chair of the 2013 WEDI Report Executive Steering Committee and worked directly with healthcare business, association and government leaders to identify solutions that could be implemented quickly and driven by business.

Key Report Areas of Recommendation

The 2013 WEDI Report identifies four critical areas of focus:

  • Patient Engagement: consumer (patient) engagement through improved access to pertinent healthcare information.
  • Payment Models: Business, information, and data exchange requirements that will help enable payment models as they emerge.
  • Data Harmonization and Exchange: Alignment of administrative and clinical information capture, linkage, and exchange.
  • Innovative Encounter Models: Business and use cases for innovative encounter models that use existing and emergent technologies.

The full report is available at:

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Coverage from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting Dec. 1-6: Samsung, Toshiba, Canon

Samsung UGEO PT60A

Samsung’s first tablet-based ultrasound system, introduced in the US from October 2013. With its performance, slim and compact size and ease-of-use, the UGEO PT60A is designed to satisfy all applications in the Point-of-Care market – the fastest growing medical segment in the healthcare industry. Equipped with state-of-the-art clinical technology, the UGEO PT60A features:

  • Industry leading, full 10.1 inch LED touch-screen monitor
  • Needle Mate™, for precise identification of the needle’s location
  • SDMR™, providing clearer imaging with an innovative noise reduction filter
  • SCI™, delivering remarkable spatial and contrast resolution
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Toshiba’s New MR Technologies Make Exams Faster for Better Patient Care

Enhancements Include New Flexible Coils, 3T 32-Channel Head Coil and Rapid Transport System

To help healthcare providers image patients faster and more comfortably, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. is introducing enhancements to its Vantage TitanTM MR product line. The new technologies improve workflow, image quality and patient comfort.

  • Flexible Coils: The high-density, 16ch Flex SPEEDER coils conform closer to the patient’s anatomy, improving signal-to-noise ratio for enhanced image quality. The light-weight coils are available in medium and large sizes and are ideally suited for general orthopedic and body imaging.
  • 3T 32ch Head SPEEDER Coil: The 32ch Head SPEEDER coil provides superior image quality for high-end neuro applications in 3T imaging, such as fMRI and Diffusion Tensor Imaging, with high signal-to-noise ratio and high spatial and temporal resolution.
  • Rapid Transport System (RTS): The light-weight and easy-to-maneuver RTS is designed for transporting patients to the MRI suite for scanning without the need for repositioning, improving workflow and throughput. The RTS docks over the MR system’s couch, so the patient stays on one table during the entire imaging process, ensuring patient safety.

“Toshiba is constantly striving to improve the products our customers rely on every day for the best patient care,” said Beverly Plost, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba. “These new technologies make MR exams more comfortable for patients and increase workflow for our customers.”

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Canon U.S.A. announces new wireless digital radiography detector at RSNA 2013

With a focus on productivity-enhancing solutions and high-quality imaging, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will feature its complete lineup of digital radiography (DR) devices at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting on December 1-5, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago. In Hall B, Booth #7313, North Building, Canon will highlight a wide array of solutions that offer superb imaging quality, workflow efficiency, and flexibility.

At the show, Canon will introduce the new Canon CXDI-701C Wireless Digital Radiography detector that is designed to help healthcare professionals attain a new level of performance, usability, and reliability. By utilizing technology and solutions that help accelerate exams and maintain productive workflows, practitioners can effectively accomplish more while maintaining quality care. The CXDI-701C Wireless Detector is the first Canon detector to incorporate additional customer-focused features such as enhanced liquid intrusion protection, on-board battery charging, and impact detection. As well, this latest Canon digital detector is light and easy to handle – weighing only 7.3 pounds.

“As the healthcare industry faces greater industry regulation and increased patient demands, we look forward to showcasing cost-effective products and solutions that will help make the difficult task of providing high-quality, affordable care easier and more attainable,” said Tsuneo Imai, senior director and general manager, Healthcare Solutions Division, Canon U.S.A.. and president, Virtual Imaging, Inc. “Our efficient workflow solutions and high-resolution imaging devices will help healthcare providers have an efficient document workflow, which can allow more time to focus on providing patient care.

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Continuing Education

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