Microsoft Research Inspires
Worldwide Digital Inclusion
In a bid to combat the widespread global technology gap, Microsoft Research, a division of Microsoft Corp., announced Friday two initiatives designed to encourage computer research and technological uptake in developing countries.
Microsoft Research, which works collaboratively with the global academic community, unveiled its $1.2 million Digital Inclusion RFP (request for proposal), a worldwide research opportunity that aims to address technological challenges hindering global progress in health, education and social conditions, according to a news release.
ACNP announces valuable new member benefit - mobileMICROMEDEX
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ACNP is excited to announce that effective immediately, ACNP members will receive FREE access to mobileMICROMEDEX, an easy-to-use PDA tool that provides trusted, evidence-based information to Palm OS and Pocket PC devices. MobileMICROMEDEX provides reliable clinical information to help support and confirm treatment decisions.
In this exclusive offer, ACNP members are able to download the mobileMICROMEDEX software free through a link in the member's only area of the ACNP website, as well as receive regular updates.
All ACNP individual members, student members, and designated affiliate representatives will have complimentary access to mobileMICROMEDEX. This tool will allow members to seamlessly download concise medical information on drugs, alternative medicine, acute care, and toxicology to their Palm OS or Pocket PC PDA. As such, members will have instant access to the comprehensive Micromedex® Healthcare Series databases that 88% of top U.S.-based hospitals use every day.
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|Tomorrow's operating room to
harness Net, RFID
It's hard to do most jobs without talking to your peers, but in the operating room, poor communication can cost a life.
In the operating room of the future, however, telling a doctor he or she is making a mistake could be as easy as pointing to a computer screen or "wall of knowledge"--a thoroughgoing summary of background data, vital signs and strategic information designed to prevent mistakes during surgery.
To best understand this so-called operating room of the future, which experts discussed at the "OR of the future" medical conference here on Monday, imagine a football video game. It would show players' backgrounds, injuries, vital statistics, real-time video, milestones and progress logs. It would keep track of the players, the coaches and give the gamers options for play calling.
In surgery, the "wall of knowledge" presents a similar "team huddle," translating the big picture, minute by minute, of the patient and surgical events from various data. That's a big change for nurses, doctors, assistants, surgeons and anesthesiologists who are typically so focused on their specific tasks and specialized computer feeds that they might sometimes miss the patient's overall health.
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Study: Cell Phones Cause Minimal Interference With Medical Equipment
A study published this month in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that cell phones interfere "only minimally" with medical equipment, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Researchers measured interference between 16 medical devices - including heart monitors and defibrillators - and six types of cell phones. The cell phones interfered with the signal of seven devices but affected the machines' functions just 1.2% of the time, the Times reports.
Devices that measure brain and heart activity were most vulnerable to interference (Singer, Los Angeles Times, 10/24).
read entire report at iHealthBeat