Georgia Tech launches network to evaluate home health technologies; Software helps docs ID genetic variations in patient genomes;

> A statewide network comprised of adults who are at least 50 years old has been launched by the Georgia Tech Research Institute with a goal of evaluating home health technologies, the school announced this week. The network--dubbed HomeLab--currently consists of 100 homes throughout the Peach State. That number is expected to grow to more than 500 homes by 2014. Announcement

> New software created by Cambridge, Mass.-based genome analysis company Knome turns raw patient genome data into a "medically relevant report," according to an article published this week in Technology Review. Martin Tolar, the company's CEO, tells Technology Review that the software opens up the possibility that doctors in the future could pull only the most appropriate information for every patient to help with treatment recommendations. Article

> If hospitals and insurance companies collaborated on a way to provide centralized, secure access to patient information, healthcare quality could improve and costs could be lowered, writes Chris Poelker, vice president of Enterprise Solutions at FalconStor Software, in a commentary for Computerworld this week. "Imagine the ability to sift through clinical data from every hospital in the U.S. to look for trends in healthcare," he writes. "It would be much easier to share important test results between doctors and specialists when required." Commentary

And Finally… Next thing you know, they'll ban dancing, then Kevin Bacon will have to save the day. Article


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