Archive for June, 2009

Hidden Malpractice Dangers in EMRs

| June 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Interesting article from Medscape on EMRs and potential malpractice risks.  I would add that part of "too much information" and overuse of templates may result in a significant information or necessary information not part of a template or buried within it may get overlooked.  With the use of electronic audit trails you can determine from where […]

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Research Institute Speeds Cancer Research with High-Performance Computing System

| June 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

From Microsoft: "Using Windows HPC Server 2008 for research enhances cancer detection and optimizes the pathology review process. We can now tackle research areas that we’ve never dreamed of tackling before.” – Dave Billiter, Director, Research Informatics Core Nationwide Children's Hospital Watch a video.

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BioImagene Develops Companion Algorithms (TM) to Further Enable Personalized Medicine

| June 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

This morning BioImagene annouced the use of companion algorithms.  What I think we are seeing in digital pathology is less talk and interest in hardware and more interest with software whether it be image analysis, algorithms for detection/diagnosis or software to help meet the demands of personalized medicine.  While the actual scanning is not trivial […]

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July 9-10 GTCBio Rediscovering Biomarkers, San Diego

| June 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of Definiens:      Definiens Cordially Invites You to: GTCBio's Third Annual Rediscovering Biomarkers July 9-10, San Diego Definiens will be demonstrating the Definiens XD image analysis platform for image analysis of cells, tissues, and non-invasive images. Additionally, Peter Duncan, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Definiens, will be presenting: Standardizing Image Analysis of […]

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Mayo model praised, but can it last?

| June 25, 2009 | 0 Comments

By Jeff Kiger Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN  Recent weeks have cemented the Mayo Clinic's reputation as a health care superstar but raised the ominous question of how long that can continue under the present U.S. health care system. Time Magazine excerpt: "The Mayo clinic attracts Kings and Presidents, injured athletes and ailing billionaires. … But Rochester's costs […]

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Dr. In S. Pole Rescue Loses Cancer Battle

| June 25, 2009 | 1 Comment

Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald was the center of a dramatic 1999 rescue. (CBS/AP)  Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, whose struggle against breast cancer during a winter at the South Pole captivated the world, has died. She was 57. Her husband, Thomas FitzGerald, says she died Tuesday at their home in Southwick, Mass. The cause was cancer. Nielsen […]

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Mayo Clinic going to Mall of America

| June 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

My institution recently announced that it plans an outpost amid the roller coasters, restaurants and retailers as the Mall of America expands into a second phase.  At first glance I thought this would be a "retail clinic" within the large shopping center outside of Minneapolis but organizers have some different ideas that may be more […]

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Blog content now syndicated on Newstex

| June 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

Newstex offers aggregated, real-time content from new sources, blogs and videos to distributors who deliver that content to end-user customers. While content might be customized by each distributor to meet the needs of different audiences, several things always stay in effect — most importantly, links back to the original sources and publisher agreements. Newstex provides […]

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New technology with host of photonic applications

| June 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

A research team led by a chemist at the University of California, Riverside has fabricated microscopic polymer beads that change color instantly and reversibly when external magnetic fields acting upon the microspheres change orientation. Applications of the new material include display type units such as rewritable or reusable signage, posters, papers and labels, and other […]

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Digital Microscopy for under 100 bucks? Check out the zPix™ – MM-740

| June 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

Became aware of this through a pathology listserv as a low cost digital camera (under $100). "The zPix™ 200 from Carson Optical is a powerful Zoom Digital Microscope that displays the Magnified image right on your computer screen. The impressive 26x-130x Zoom Magnification allows you to see details of ordinary objects you never knew existed! […]

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Open letter to patients regarding health care coverage

| June 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

Dr. Wes has an open letter to patients regarding health care coverage: Dear Mr. and Ms. Patient, It has come to my attention that in order for you to enjoy success as patients in the new era of health care reform, you must start working now to prevent illnesses that might befall you. Do not, […]

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Cancer misdiagnosis leads to breast removed, doctor sued

| June 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Perhaps another case making the case for need for second opinions in pathology either internal or external prior to major surgical procedures or medical therapy.  Have seen this story on a number of sites and with 2.0 technologies others are going to add their opinions such as here. The stories are short on details as […]

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High school student diagnosis self with pair of “fresh eyes”

| June 15, 2009 | 1 Comment

While I do not like the statement "Pathologists also sometimes miss important findings for other diseases, says Dr. Mark Graber, chief of the medical service at the Northport VA Medical Center in New York", its context can be found in an article with an amazing story I came across on Lab Soft News with some valid […]

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Olympus VS110™ Virtual Slide Scanning System Debuts in U.S.

| June 15, 2009 | 2 Comments

CENTER VALLEY, PA., June 10, 2009 – The Olympus VS110 virtual slide scanning system is now available in the U.S. The system can scan from one to 100 slides at very high fidelity, allowing users anywhere on the globe to view and fully navigate high-resolution images of entire slides or areas of slides. With more […]

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