Google Health Begins Its Preseason at Cleveland Clinic

February 24, 2008

For 18 months, Google has been working to come up with a product offering and a strategy in the promising field of consumer health information. Until now, the search giant hasn’t had anything to show for its labors other than bumps along the way — delays and a management change.

But on Thursday, Google’s technology for personal health records, which is still in development, is getting a big endorsement from the Cleveland Clinic. The big medical center is beginning a pilot project to link the health information for some of its patients with Google personal health records.

Cleveland Clinic is at the cutting edge of health information technology, and its more than 100,000 patients each has a personal health record. But a sizable portion of those patients are retirees, notes Dr. C. Martin Harris, the clinic’s chief information officer. Many of them, he said, spend about five months elsewhere, typically in Florida or Arizona, and the clinic’s sophisticated electronic health records don’t follow them there.

“It forces the patient to become his or her own medical historian,” Dr. Harris said.

The Google personal health record, he said, is a solution to that problem, among others. A person can approve the transfer of information on, say, medical conditions, allergies, medications and laboratory results from the clinic’s computers to a Google personal health record — a series of secure Web pages.

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Motion Computing announces the C5 Clinical Assistant Tablet PC

February 22, 2007

The lightweight, bump-tolerant, spill-resistant and easy-to-disinfect C5, the first mobile clinical assistant, allows nurses to access up-to-the-minute patient records and document a patient’s condition in real time, enhancing patient care while reducing the administrative workload of the clinical staff.

The tablet PC features a 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512MB RAM (kinda small don’t you think? it’s 2007!), 30GB HDD, RFID reader (yay!), integrated 2 megapixel camera and runs on the newly released Windows Vista. Price is set to start at $2199 USD. Not bad huh?

Motion Computing Product Page

BC Interprofessional Student eHealth Forum 2007

February 3, 2007

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2007
Time: 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Vancouver General Hospital, Paetzold Centre Auditorium

Come explore stimulating topics surrounding eHealth with special guest speakers from across B.C. currently working in the field of eHealth. Topics covered throughout the day will include issues about confidentiality, privacy, and ethics; EHRs and their impact on research and education; and how EHRs will impact new and upcoming health professionals now and into the future.

The eHealth Forum 2007 features opening remarks by Ron Danderfer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Division of Knowledge Management and Translation from the BC Ministry of Health. 

For more information, visit the UBC CPD-KT website.

Listen to President Bush explain what Medical Informatics is all about

September 24, 2006

If you’re still wondering what Medical Informatics is all about, listen to this 37-minute speech on “Better Healthcare, Better Technology”:

Or click here to view a full transcript of the speech.