Rhode Island College: Medical Data Isn’t the Problem. Understanding It Is.. “Roberta Powell ’09, a former nurse educator, may not be your typical app inventor, but her new tool for translating medical information into layperson’s terms is redefining the relationship between patients and their doctors. With her new app, all you need to do is enter the health data you don’t understand and the app will translate it into easy-to-understand language and images.” Three cheers for Roberta Powell!
Xinhua: Kenya launches data bank on pan-African public health facilities. “Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) on Wednesday launched an inventory that captures the geographical distribution of public health facilities in 50 African countries. The inventory contains information on geographical location of 98,745 public health facilities managed by governments, local authorities and charitable organizations.”
KRMG: New Online Tool Provides Patients More Info On Their Medical Costs . “The Medicine Assistance Tool, or MAT, was created by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) to provide patients with more information about their medicine costs and help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the resources available through various biopharmaceutical industry programs.”
WUSF: Florida Blue To Provide Claims Information For Statewide Database. “In a major turnaround, one of Florida’s largest health insurers is poised to provide 60 million insurance claims to a statewide database designed to help people shop for health care.”
CBC: Diaries of St. John’s physician spanning 87 years digitized in MUN library. “The diaries of one of Memorial University’s first students — which include more than 30,000 daily entries that span 87 years — have now been digitized and made public through the university’s Digital Archives Initiative.”
NIH: The “PROMIS” of Computer-Based Medical Records. “The National Library of Medicine recently acquired the Patient/Problem Oriented Medical Record System Archives, a collection of materials related to the development of an early computer system for organizing patient data and diagnostic decision-making. Jan Schultz generously contributed archival materials from his work with Dr. Larry Weed at the PROMIS lab at the University of Vermont. NLM archivist John Rees asked Jan Schultz about his perspective on the early history of electronic medical records.”
Washington Post: Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis. “In the heart of Boston, Tufts Medical Center treats scores of health conditions, administering measles vaccines for children and pioneering next-generation tools that can eradicate the rarest of cancers. But doctors, administrators and other hospital staff struggled to contain a much different kind of epidemic one April morning last year: a wave of thousands of robocalls that spread like a virus from one phone line to the next, disrupting communications for hours.”