Barco selects ATI FirePro™ professional graphics with AMD Eyefinity Technology to deliver Advanced Medical Imaging Technologies with superior performance
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that medical imaging specialist Barco has selected ATI FirePro™ 3D Professional Graphics technology for inclusion in its MXRT Series display controller products for demanding medical imaging applications. ATI FirePro professional graphics, with AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, provides increased visual quality for users across a broad range of healthcare disciplines including radiology, clinical review imaging, surgery and mammography, allowing clinicians to make more informed medical diagnoses. “AMD and Barco are working together to further medical imaging technologies,” said Janet Matsuda, general manager, AMD Professional Graphics. “Barco is a medical imaging leader with a solid track record of delivering the right graphic solutions for this market.
Medical customers are already using three or four monitors to view imaging data, and the AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology and ATI FirePro professional graphics enable clinicians to offer the highest possible level of patient care while holding computer hardware costs down.”
“Our latest line of MXRT display controllers are built with the ATI FirePro 3D technology for leading-edge performance, flexibility and reliability,” said Lynda Domogalla, market director, Barco.
“Driving three displays with just one graphics card strengthens our all-in-one approach which saves space on the PC, simplifies installation, reduces power consumption and assures fast data transfers.”
Barco's extensive line-up of high-precision display systems, including the MXRT-5400 and MXRT-7400, help radiology professionals and doctors more easily see a broader scope of patient details, resulting in increased accuracy and efficiency when developing diagnoses. ATI FirePro™ 3D Professional Graphics cards are immediately available with the Barco MXRT-5400 and MXRT-7400 display controllers, delivering enhanced visual imaging and performance to the medical field.
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mHealth Alliance Board welcomes HP as Founding Partner
The mHealth Alliance today announced a two-year, $1 million aggregate donation from HP to help improve health care and health systems around the globe using mobile technology. The announcement was made at the opening of the mHealth Summit, a three-day event bringing together leaders from the global health and technology communities to explore ways mobile technology can increase the access, quality and efficiency of healthcare to communities in the U.S. and abroad.
GeckoSystems Intl. Corp, a dynamic leader in the emerging mobile robotics industry revolutionizing their development and usage with "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service™," (PINKSHEETS: GOSY) (http://www.geckosystems.com/) -- revealed today their initial robotic system concept to further tech enable healthcare providers with more cost effective solutions in caring for patients in wheelchairs needing routine vital sign monitoring.
The European Commission has set out its Digital Agenda, which includes measures to use technology to address rising healthcare costs and help member states to cope with their ageing populations. The action plan says the smart use of technology and the exploitation of information will help to address these and other challenges facing society, including climate change.
Dr. Adam Chee has several years of professional working experience in the IT industry before venturing into Health IT in 2002 where he specialized in Medical Imaging Informatics and related technologies before moving onto the wider spectrum of Healthcare Informatics. An active contributing member to several international Technology and Health IT initiatives, Adam runs binaryHealthCare, a social enterprise advocating Health ITas an enabler for “better patient care at lower cost” by raising the standards of health informatics through training, continuing education and providing a vendor neutral community for knowledge exchange and collaboration.
A recognized subject matter expert on the area of Health IT, Adam is an experienced conference speaker, adjunct faculty with institutes of higher learning (on health informatics) and serves on several Technical and Health Informatics committees. “Healthcare Informatics has not only become an integrated part of modern healthcare but has also propagated the entire industry into a new era of efficiency and it will continue to play avital rolein the quest of providing quality health services. The potential for Healthcare Informatics is colossal and the growth is right here in Asia Pacific.”
Please introduce yourself, your background and your current role within the healthcare information technology industry:
My training and background has predominantly been in the area of Information Technology and Healthcare Informatics and I am a lifelong learner who has never pause in the quest for knowledge in areas related to work and interest. I have worked across a broad spectrum of healthcare informatics in terms of perspective (from the healthcare provider to solution provider as well as consulting, research and education aspects etc) as well as the industry segments (from primary care informatics to CDSS, EMR, Tele-medicine and of course medical imaging informatics etc).
I am a firm believer and advocate on the importance of Health IT as an enabler for “better patient care at lower cost” and I take action through binaryHealthCare by raising the standards of health informatics through training, continuing education and providing a vendor neutral community / hub to enable knowledge exchange and collaboration. The work done though binaryHealthCare is important because if an adopter of healthcare informatics ‘don’t know what they don’t know’, then how can a successful implementation takes place? How can the clinicians and most importantly, the patients, benefit from the implementation?
What are the driving forces behind the demand for Healthcare Informatics in the Asia Pacific?
Asia Pacific is an extremely huge region so it is difficult to generalize the unique driving forces behind the demand for Healthcare Informatics but in general, it includes; -Medical tourism (patient safety and quality of care) -Rapid aging population (tele-health / remote and home monitoring) -Preventive care (public health, surveillance and containment) -Lack of qualified professionals (lured to work overseas or simply shortage of qualified professionals in rural area) -and of course, cost savings
How has the market place grown and developed in the last 5 years?
The health informatics industry in Asia has definitely undergone tremendous changes over the past 5 years, while the adoption rate varies tremendously throughout the region, it is clear that the industry in this region now process greater awareness and knowledge on the benefits that an effective health informatics implementation can bring to their healthcare enterprises as well as the common pitfalls to avoid. At the same time, the rising affluency in this region also means that the desirable solutions that was previously out of reach is now affordable.
Explain the emerging technologies that are redefining the delivery of healthcare today:
The introduction of new generation tablets, advances in unified communications and cloud computing will definitely redefine the rules and boundaries. Mobility is the key word here. The finer convergence of relevant industry Standards is also taking shape and this is important because the individual silos of data stored in disparate or extremely loosely coupled information systems needs to be consolidated in a structured and interoperable format that allows integrated care to take place so effective utilize of data for trending, profiling and most importantly, preventive measures can happen. The goal and focus in many developed countries has also shifted to the utilization of healthcare informatics in primary and community care as well as public health as opposed to diagnostic care - Prevention is better than cure.
How can international healthcare technology providers position themselves within the Asia Pacific and what business opportunities exist?
The pace of adoption for healthcare technology varies tremendously across the Asia Pacific region but it is evident from the increasing demands in this region that there exist an abundance of opportunities for providers of all ‘shapes and sizes’, it’s a matter of finding the right fit for both sides. The raising affluency and hunger for knowledge in this region is amazing and this is the right place to be for those truly passionate about utilizing technology to enable effective healthcare while lowering cost for patients. For international healthcare technology providers, it is important that they understand that the healthcare systems in Asia Pacific can vary dramatically and whatever ‘success formula’ that brought them to fame in their home country / region may very well be their Achilles heels in this region.
Do not operate out from an ivory tower, it is important to take the time and effort to understand the unique characteristics and culture of each country of interest and most importantly, the need to build trust and understand that the sales cycle can be very long. Demonstrate the commitment to show that they are not in for the short-term but rather, the willingness to form a true partnership with the healthcare enterprise in their journey towards healthcare technology adoption. E.g. what sort of support commitment are you offering? Are you establishing any R&D centers in the region?
Recently on linkedin.com it was asked “what are the major reasons that EMR/EHR implementations fail; what do you think?
It is important to first understand that healthcare systems differ from counties and workflow differs from healthcare enterprises (even within the same state/country). An EMR/EHR implementation will have a huge impact on workflow and it is important that this aspect is addressed properly; in addition, I cannot emphasis enough on the need for proper expectation management. Focusing on the important aspects will mitigate the chances of failure. I know it’s easier said than done but it is possible.
What do hospital providers want and what do they get?
The typical hospital provider really just wants to see a return of investment, this can range from operational efficiency, workflow improvement, lowering operating cost, manpower reduction and increase in patient safety and quality of care, the bottom line is, it must be money well spent. The good news is, hospital providers will (most of the time) get some form of value from health informatics projects but the bad news is, these value might not be proportional with the investment made, be it time, money and efforts. The success level really depends on the expectation management (was the project oversold?) and whether the projects are implemented properly. Half a crooked bridge serves no real valuable purpose at all.
Asia Pacific is a vast region of the world. How can information technology bridge the digital divide faced in rural healthcare service delivery, in countries like China?
For large regions where delivery of healthcare services in rural areas can be a challenge, the adoption of tele-medicine technologies can definitely help bridge the gap. However, it is more important to first have the approval and support by the government and ensure that any policies and regulations issues be ironed out. For example, how would the reimbursement model be since the coverage might span across provinces or even municipalities? Are the physicians accredited by the relevant medical councils in different provinces for medical practice? Technology can only serve as an enabler, the policies and regulations have to be in place before.
You are considered a Medical Imaging Informatics expert – can you give us a global overview of the sector and the key developments that will assist in better patient outcomes and a lower cost for the payer?
In medical imaging informatics (or healthcare informatics in general), it is not the latest or greatest technology that matters but rather, what benefits and value can be brought to the clinicians and more importantly, the patients. Always seek to understand the underlying paint-points and then develop the solution to address the needs by utilizing the most affordable technology that will deliver the greatest benefits. Remember, technology serves as an enabler and not as the end goal.
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Liberating the Information Seeker
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IBM Global Business Services, through the IBM Institute for Business Value, develops fact-based strategic insights for senior executives around critical public and private sector issues. This executive report is based on an in-depth study by the Institute’s research team. It is part of an ongoing commitment by IBM Global Business Services to provide analysis and viewpoints that help companies realize business value.
Outcome based care systems help coordinate the gathering of nursing assessment, reassessment and discharge activities with common measurements including HOBIC and other industry standards.
HOBIC is the acronym for Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care, an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Canada. Similar to the standards defined and utilized in the US around OASIS the objective of HOBIC is to introduce a short set of standardized measures of patient status into nurses’ admission and discharge assessments. The assessment data when gathered in a common way and shared across the care team helps provide the data necessary to adjust care programs and plan for the best care possible in the future. Healthcare will continue to improve across North America by utilizing outcome based care solutions.
Asklepios Healthcare Provider Boosts SAP Performance by 67 Per Cent with New IT Infrastructure
Asklepios runs more than 95 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics across Europe and the United States. Working with Microsoft and Intel, Asklepios launched its Future Hospital Program. One of its aims was to boost service levels through the effective use of IT. The hospital decided to move its mission-critical SAP software from a SUN and Oracle environment to a Microsoft® and Intel® infrastructure.