Science & Engineering News: Electronic Medical Records, Big Data in Healthcare & More
Digital Medicine & Digital Healthcare: Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
- Why Health Care Tech Is Still So Bad by ROBERT M. WACHTER [New York Times]
“In one month, the electronic monitors in our five intensive care units, which track things like heart rate and oxygen level, produced more than 2.5 million alerts. It’s little wonder that health care providers have grown numb to them. [Health parameter Tuning]
… Improvements will come with refinement of the software. Today’s health care technology has that Version 1.0 feel, and it is sure to get better.
… Changes in the work force and culture … federal policies that promote the seamless sharing of data between different systems in different settings … Reimagine how our work can be accomplished in a digital environment.”
- Robert Wachter on health IT’s ‘hope, hype and harm’ [HealthcareITNews]
Digital Medicine & Digital Healthcare: Big Data
- IBM partners with Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic to Pool, Analyze Health Data [Wall Street Journal]
“Big-data efforts under way in health care include Optum Labs, a collaboration between UnitedHealth Group and the Mayo Clinic, in which researchers mine clinical and insurance data in search of micro-patterns that give clues to early indicators of disease and help to tailor treatments.
Precision Medicine, an initiative announced by President Barack Obama earlier this year, will combine genetic data with information from fitness trackers.”
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) & Molecular Medicine #AtMyVentures
- Database Interoperability: What is required: Common Standards & Protocols. Medical Database Ontology. Future Scenario: Whichever Physician you choose, your Doctor can instantly access all your previous Health records; provided, you give permission to the Doctor (on a selective basis if you want to keep some of your records Private – “The Privacy Factor”). Plus Privacy from Insurance Companies.
- Cloud Storage: So that any healthcare provider can access patient record.
- Health Parameter Tuning: So that EMR generate accurate alerts.
- Personalized Medicine: Personalized Medicine will be “adaptive” in the sense that the EMR system will “continuously” monitor and tune dosages of drugs, etc and hence “personalize” treatment for each individual patient.
- Merging of Medical Big Data & Molecular Medicine: Molecular Medicine will reach a point when Doctors can adapt treatments and predict in advance the effects (in body) of dosage changes “accurately”.