IBM’s new chip – a silicon brain

While not strictly medicine, this technology has vast implications for health care. Real-time artificial intelligence analysis of lab and clinical data will become a reality.

“The chip, or processor, is named TrueNorth and was developed by researchers at IBM and detailed in an article published on Thursday in the journal Science. It tries to mimic the way brains recognize patterns, relying on densely interconnected webs of transistors similar to the brain’s neural networks.

“The TrueNorth chip is like the first transistor,” said Terrence J. Sejnowski, director of the Salk Institute’s Computational Neurobiology Laboratory.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6197/668

Culture Shock: Web-Based Hep C Tx Guidelines

Practice guidelines are a fact of life in modern medicine. They provide clinicians with the best data and the latest consensus on what the data mean for the care of patients.

But they are — or have been — rather slow to react to changes.

Enter HCVguidelines.org, a website that aims to keep up with one of the fastest-moving fields in medicine today — the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) with what are called direct-acting agents.

The website was developed and will be run jointly by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the International Antiviral Society-USA.

Read more at MedPage Today

How Technology Will Create a Safer Healthcare System

healthIt’s one of those great conundrums. Despite medicine being a highly intellectual field often at the cutting edge of science, we all too often remain near the bottom in terms of our information technology use. Maybe it’s the culture of medicine, a view that one should master everything and do everything despite knowing that this is an impossible goal? Maybe it’s lagging on the part of administration who may not understand the potential role of technology in the daily workflow of their physicians? Or maybe it’s just that we as a profession have never sat down and tried to understand what we’re missing, what we can do, and where we should go with the incorporation of informatics technology?

I choose to believe it is largely the last of these: that we as a profession have not yet began to put proper thought and action to purpose in terms of intelligently using technology to augment our abilities as clinicians.

Think about this scenario: You are on the wards covering 16 patients. Most of your patients are receiving multiple medications – anti-hypertensives, antibiotics, etc. – and let’s say one of them was getting a transfusion overnight as often happens. The team notices that patient begins having trouble breathing and chooses to administer a dose of Lasix which causes resolution of the problem. However, this same patient has a reaction to Lasix and develops allergic interstitial nephritis, which manifests with increased creatinine and reduced GFR on the next set of labs. Continue reading

iPhone Medical Software Review

Today I’ll be reviewing four useful medical applications for the Apple iPhone: Eponyms, DxSaurus, Lab Values, and ECG Guide. Each of these are good applications in their own right, and each one serves a different purpose in the day to day practice of medicine. Continue reading

The Importance of Health Informatics

 

The below data details it fairly well…

SP_Stories_Wellpoint_021312.pdf

 

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