Teen develops artificial brain to diagnose breast cancer; coronary CT angiography can speed up heart-disease diagnosis

> A Florida teen has developed a computer brain that can painlessly detect and diagnose breast cancer, according to HealthTechZone. Seventeen-year-old Brittany Wenger created an artificial intelligence program that mimics how brain cells connect to one another and helps detect data too complex for human analysis. The program potentially could be used as a substitute for more invasive diagnosis procedures such as biopsies.  Article

>Health information technology has raised more revenue in the second quarter of 2012 than in 2011, raising $268 million for 29 deals, according to a Dow Jones statement, InformationWeek Healthcare reported Wednesday. Dow Jones VentureSource reps believe that the Supreme Court decision to uphold the ACA will bring further investments in health IT by venture capitalists and continue to grow the industry.  Article

>The Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) announced its intention to submit health IT language to include in the Democratic and Republican National Committee party platforms, Healthcare IT News reports. HIMSS execs hope to gain the support of these committees to help improve the delivery of care through information technology. Article

>Emergency department utilization of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) can help expedite the diagnosis of heart disease in low-risk patients, according to a report published Thursday by The New England Journal of Medicine, MedPage Today reported. The CCTA used in triage can cut length of patient stay in the ED by several hours, and decreases the risk of undetected acute coronary syndromes. Article

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