New Buzzword Alert: “Patient Activation”

We have a new buzzword to add to mHealth.

Here is an interesting article from mobihealthnews on “Patient Activation,” a new coinage for patients taking charge of their own health and healthcare. We are, of course our own best advocates. The mobile health apps will help us do just that.

With all of the changes coming, we all need to be our own first lines of defense, to help us better help those professionals who take care of us.

More from the RSNA

Another fascinating day at the 97th annual meeting of the RSNA.

I attended a fun (for the inner geek in us all) lecture, “Cool Technologies for Radiologists” given by Drs. Richardson, Petscavage and Thapa, based on their ebook of a similar name (available on Amazon).

Besides all of the new diagnostic imaging equipment, there were several interesting new technologies for education and interacting with complex data sets.

Anatomage has a product call ‘The Table’ an interactive anatomy study table. This is a virtual cadaver, a touch screen the size of an actual dissection table that you can manipulat 3D CT data. Very cool!

We also demoed two new methods of interacting with volumetric data from CTs.

Digital ArtForms was demonstrating their iMedic3D, a two-handed interface for moving through 3D space, such as in virtual colonoscopy, as well as their iMedicPACS, which allows the user to navigate through multiplanar views of cross sectional imaging.

GestSure Technologies new product uses a Microsoft Kinect style interface designed so that surgeons can manipulate CT images in the sterile environment of the operating room.

These devices are still works in progress, but I look forward to the future development of these types of interfaces.

Exciting First Day at RSNA

Sunday was the first day of RSNA 2011, the worlds largest annual medical meeting.

From RSNA President Dr. Burton Drayer’s very upbeat and forward looking opening oration to lectures on the imaging of dementia, it was a fascinating and varied first day.

The food in Chicago is great, too.

Today will start off with a lecture on “Cool Technologies for Radiologists,” an Informatics in Practice course.

We have had great feedback on our app, Radiology Toolbox Pro as well!

Softcode Systems at the RSNA

We are very excited to be attending this year’s RSNA meeting in Chicago.

The Radiological Society of North America’s 97th annual meeting is the worlds largest annual medical meeting. Tens of thousands of radiologists, technologists and industry vendors all share ideas and show off their wares for the entire week in Chicago.

We hope to get a lot of feedback on our app, Radiology Toolbox Pro at the meeting, and are thrilled at the prospect of meeting more of our user community in person.

The reinventing of text books for the iPad

Another interesting article by Mike Miliard in HealthcareITNews about the iPad in medical education.

… new Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that, “80 percent of the top hospitals in the U.S. are now testing or piloting the iPad.”

The article goes on to discuss new forms of digital textbooks being pioneered by companies, Inkling and Kno.

It will be fascination to see how these new learning tools develop.