Tag Archives: medicine

Technology supports Virtual Care at Michigan Medicine

What exactly is “virtual care?” Perhaps you envision someone sitting at home on the couch, clutching a box of tissues in one hand and FaceTime/Skype chatting with their doctor in the other? Or a parent on the phone with the pediatrician’s office, hoping to find out why their child’s fever isn’t responding to over-the-counter medications? Although these are… Read More »

School of Nursing launches 3 online master’s programs

By | September 11, 2019

The U-M School of Nursing is now offering three of its Master of Science in Nursing degree programs online. Courses will begin in fall 2020 for Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Leadership, Analytics and Innovation. These specialty programs were identified for development in a digital framework because they cross the spectrum of nursing education. The new… Read More »

American College of Clinical Pharmacy recognizes HITS employee’s work

Chris Zimmerman, HITS electronic health record clinical decision support coordinator and informatics pharmacist, is now a co-author of the Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP). A compilation of chapters, the PSAP provides a means for thousands of pharmacists nationally to maintain their board certification in various specialty areas. The PSAP also forms a cutting edge education tool for pharmacists to… Read More »

Technology allows researchers to see patients’ real-time pain while in the clinic

By | July 4, 2019

Many patients, especially those who are anesthetized or emotionally challenged, cannot communicate precisely about their pain. So U-M researchers have developed a technology to help clinicians “see” and map patient pain in real-time, through special augmented reality glasses. The portable platform combines visualization with brain data using neuroimaging to navigate through a patient’s brain while they’re in the… Read More »

Michigan Medicine replaces medication dispensing cabinets with new technology

Michigan Medicine is upgrading its automated medication dispensing cabinets across the health system and ambulatory care sites. BD Pyxis, will replace Omnicell, a tool used for nearly 20 years. Med Inn, Taubman, Cancer Center, and UH South began using BD Pyxis dispensing cabinets this month. Additional sites will go-live on a rolling basis this summer and fall. “Once… Read More »

HITS helps Michigan Medicine improve screening rates for adults at risk of liver complications

Michigan Medicine was recently featured for using its electronic medical record to improve screening rates for adults at risk of liver complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, baby boomers are at high risk of liver complications from hepatitis C, even though the virus is easily treated after it’s identified. To increase awareness and prevent… Read More »

Student team brings augmented reality to the operating room

By | June 13, 2019

Three computer science students and alumni have launched operating room monitors and screens into the virtual world of augmented reality. Mitchell Bigland, Nicholas Keuning, and Chase Austin, working with doctors David Chesney and Marcus Jarboe of Pediatric Surgery, have developed an app for the Microsoft Hololens to stream a video feed of a patient’s internals directly to the… Read More »

U-M startup analyzes data from patient imaging files to help cure what ails them

By | April 17, 2019

A U-M startup has figured out how to mine and analyze Big Data from digital medical image files such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans that could make treatment choices incredibly precise for each patient. Based in Ann Arbor, Applied Morphomics Inc. uses technology developed at the U-M Medical School to extract thousands of digital biomarkers from a… Read More »

Does social media really make a difference in vaccination rates?

By | March 8, 2019

Social media companies face increasing scrutiny for amplifying fringe anti-vaccine sentiment amid measles outbreaks in several states like Washington. In response, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest recently made headlines by announcing initiatives to reduce vaccine misinformation on their platforms. Brendan Nyhan, a professor of public policy at the Ford School, recently wrote in “The New York Times” that while… Read More »

U-M Precision Health use case to focus on mobile technology and mental health

By | February 27, 2019

Precision Health at U-M is is funding a new use case focused on the effects of wearable and mobile technology on mental health outcomes. The project, “Enhancing Mental Health Care through Mobile Technology,” is led investigators Amy Bohnert and Srijan Sen from Michigan Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Researchers will use machine learning to identify key predictors of treatment… Read More »

Beyond the hype, what are the risks and rewards of Artificial Intelligence in health care?

By | February 15, 2019

Artificial Intelligence has received tremendous attention for its ability to transform how health care uses Electronic Health Records. EHR are already an invaluable tool for organizing a patient’s demographic information and their past and current medical data. EHR can support physician decision-making, help increase the efficiency of administrative processes, and make clinical data available to researchers for advancing… Read More »

Protecting medical devices from cybersecurity threats

Medical devices capable of transmitting health information and connecting to Michigan Medicine’s networks offer improvements to the effective delivery of patient care, but they also may introduce privacy and security concerns. Michigan Medicine’s Information Assurance (IA) program has been raising awareness of these concerns and developing new approaches to address these vulnerabilities. As a major step, Michigan Medicine… Read More »

Most patients wary, unaware of benefits of using health portals

By | December 4, 2018

Two-thirds of patients who visited a doctor in 2017 did not use a health portal that could help improve their health in the long run, according to a new study by U-M. Health portals—secure online websites that give patients 24-hour access to health information—can enhance patients’ engagement in their own health, said lead author Denise Anthony, professor of… Read More »

Anatomage Table gets reservation and system updates

There have been some major changes with the Anatomage Table in the Taubman Health Sciences Library. For those unfamiliar with the tool, the Anatomage Table is the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education and is being adopted by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions. It has been featured in the TEDTalks Conference,… Read More »

Virtual visits provide patients with care from the comfort of their homes

This wasn’t how Terri wanted to spend her weekend. It was Friday night when she first started noticing signs of a urinary tract infection. She had a busy schedule, and now this recurring condition was threatening to derail her plans. Hoping for quick relief, Terri signed into MyUofMHealth.org and initiated an eVisit by answering a series of questions… Read More »

HITS publishes 2017-18 Year in Review

This month marks two years since Health Information Technology & Services formed. To celebrate its anniversary, HITS published a Year in Review, which highlights the organization’s major accomplishments, measures the breadth and impact of Health IT, and introduces inspiring staff who play a key role in advancing the mission of Michigan Medicine through technology. “The publication also reflects our efforts… Read More »

Michigan Medicine CIO addresses the biggest misconception about health IT

Becker’s Healthcare recently interviewed Andrew Rosenberg, MD, Michigan Medicine CIO and associate professor of anesthesiology and internal medicine. Rosenberg addressed what he believes is the biggest misconception about health IT, as well as the most (and least) exciting things he see happening in the field. Rosenberg will present a keynote address during the Becker’s Hospital Review 4th Annual Health… Read More »

U-M startup uses analytics to improve patient monitoring

By | August 3, 2018

When U-M researchers started getting spontaneous hugs from nurses while testing Fifth Eye, their new patient monitoring system, they knew they were on to something. Developed using machine learning and sophisticated signal processing, Fifth Eye monitors a single streaming EKG lead. Based on the activity of the heart, the system’s analytics can predict if a patient will deteriorate several hours… Read More »

New instructional technology for Flint’s radiation therapy program

Julie Hollenbeck, radiation therapy program director, shared the benefits and significance of UM-Flint’s recent purchase of leading-edge simulation equipment in a Q&A with the Flint’s Communications and Marketing team. Out of 85 programs in the U.S., 23 have a Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Trainer (VERT) for its students. UM-Flint us the only program in Michigan to purchase the system. This… Read More »