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Hospital at home , Today's Hospitalist, Aug 2018


For the past five years, Per Danielsson, MD, the executive medical director for Swedish Hospital Medicine in Seattle, has been on what he admits has been a “quixotic” and very frustrating quest.


What windmill does he keep tilting at? The fact that traditional Medicare and most private insurers won’t pay for hospital at home services.


IBM pitched its Watson supercomputer as a revolution in cancer care. It’s nowhere close , STAT, 9/5/2017


Three years after IBM began selling Watson to recommend the best cancer treatments to doctors around the world, a STAT investigation has found that the supercomputer isn’t living up to the lofty expectations IBM created for it. It is still struggling with the basic step of learning about different forms of cancer.


Self-Driving Wheelchairs Debut in Hospitals and Airports , IEEE Spectrum, 8/17/2017


Autonomous vehicles can add a new member to their ranks—the self-driving wheelchair. This summer, two robotic wheelchairs made headlines: one at a Singaporean hospital and another at a Japanese airport.


Virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa could change the way care is delivered , Modern Healthcare, 7/31/2017


Just as consumers are turning to voice-activated virtual assistants for tasks they previously performed on smartphones, healthcare providers and patients alike are beginning to do the same using devices from Amazon, Google and others that respond to a human voice.


Breaking new ground on surgical positioning systems with coffee , Modern Healthcare, 7/6/2017


When a team of Vanderbilt University engineers sought a way to improve the reliability of positioning systems used in delicate nose and throat surgeries, coffee was the solution. Coffee grounds, that is.


Family-Led Team Takes Top Prize in Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Competition for Consumer Medical Device Inspired by Star Trek® ,, 4/13/2017


Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Announces Post-Competition Initiative to Support Scaling Impact Through Continued Development, Consumer Testing and Commercialization of Tricorder Prototypes

HealthIT - Interoperability Proving Ground,, 12/27/2016


The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) is an open, community platform where you can share, learn, and be inspired by interoperability projects occurring in the United States (and around the world).

Health System's 'Genius Bar' Links Patients' Devices for Better Engagement, Outcomes, Health & Hospital Networks, 8/2/15


Leaving her internist’s office at the Ochsner Center for Primary Care and Wellness in New Orleans, the elderly patient stops by the O Bar in the lobby. This bar won’t serve her an alcoholic beverage. Nor a smoothie, nor a latte. She might, however, walk away with a new Fitbit on her wrist or a weight loss coaching app downloaded into her smartphone. The O Bar is a brightly lit tech support station sleekly appointed with stainless-steel stools, counter-mounted iPads and wall-mounted video displays. It’s modeled after the Genius Bar in Apple stores.