Software pilot boosts critical-care monitoring; DNA tool identifies disease in minutes;

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> Scripps Health is running a 60-day software pilot that delivers critical-care patient monitoring data from multiple systems to mobile devices used by doctors in and out of the hospital setting. The technology provides real-time access to a range of patient vital signs, according to Scripps Chief Medical Officer James LaBelle, M.D. It's currently in use at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla's first-floor critical care unit for post-open heart surgery patients, trauma patients, surgical intensive care patients and others who are critically ill. Article

> QuantuMDx has developed a DNA analysis prototype device for detecting diseases including Ebola, malaria, gonorrhea and HIV within 15 minutes. The gadget is called Q-POC and will let health officials initiate needed resources quickly for disease intervention. It's due to hit the market in 2016. Article

> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a wearable that helps doctors diagnose Parkinson's symptoms and other movement-based disorders. The Personal KinetiGraph, which is the size of a watch, captures patient movement data outside of the clinical and exam setting and creates reports for caregivers. It also provides users with medication reminders. Article

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> Analytics tools are advancing change and achieving population health management goals at St. Vincent's Health Partners in Connecticut. The analytics system provides data on practice management, claims-based and electronic health record systems and analyzes the information and creates monthly data reports for each member of the organization. Article

> The top five obstacles to tech adoption in healthcare include deploying technology without specific goals, costs and systems that don't meet the needs and expectations of patients, according to a commentary written by Robert Pearl, M.D. Article

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> Wellness programs sponsored by employers may not be as worthwhile as companies believe as research reveals they aren't always effective or help reduce health-related costs. Studies indicate such initiatives can sometimes drive increased use of unnecessary care, causing patients to spend more money without improving health. Article

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