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August 20th, 2015

#81

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The “New Technologies for the Recovery of Patients after Stroke” meeting has been held

The Fundació Ictus, the Master Plan of the Brain Vascular Disease, the Catalan Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Fundació TicSalut, organised on the 3rd of July the “New Technologies for the Recovery of Patients after Stroke” meeting, an update session for professionals, patients and their families, in order to know the progresses made in the field.

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The new version of the LOINC lab terminology has been released

On the 29th of June the 2.52 LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) version of lab terminology was released. This new version has increased from 73,115 to 76,266 terms and has included the translations and linguistic variants of the descriptions of elements, including the Spanish one. A pilot version of a LOINC Vocabulary Web Service is also available: it retrieves some LOINC subsets based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) of existing HL7 (Health Level Seven) standards.

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The Tyranny of the should

The article by Maneesh Juneja, Top 10 influencer regarding concepts like Digital Health or Wearable Tech, questions the impact of Digital Health. He analyses how the integration of these sensors which can gather information and monitor our activity levels, heart rate and sleep can change our daily behaviour and to what extent they can improve people’s lives.

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The participation of the Fundació TicSalut in the CC-BCN for the WHO Family of International Classifications is confirmed

The CC-BCN objective that is now in its designation process is to participate in the development and dissemination of the WHO Family of International Classifications, as well as to provide support to providers and entities that will adopt it. The CC-BCN forms part of a network of centres named World Health Organization-Family of International Classifications Network (WHO-FIC Network), at an international level, and is divided into different committees such as the morbidity, mortality, education and implementation and the IT and terminology ones.

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The lines of the future Catalan Health Plan 2016-2020 have been introduced

The Catalan Health Plan 2011-2015 is reaching its end and, therefore, the new Health Plan 2016-2020 is being drawn up. The Catalan Health Plan involves all actors and agents in the system, especially health professionals, and that’s why the Catalan Health Department held a session, on the 6th of July, to explain a first proposal of the projects being part of the new Health Plan.

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Interview

“Health Informatics professionals will be the central part of the technology, information and management of our patients’ healthcare”

Mr. Don Newsham is a Canadian executive in the field of health informatics with more than 4 decades of experience in the public and private sectors, government and non-profit healthcare organisations. He is a distinguished member of the International Organization for Standardization and until now, president of the Canada’s professional Health Informatics Association (COACH). He is a point of reference of the Canadian model of ICTs and Health competencies, and last June he participated in the Workshop about Professional ICTs and Health Competencies, organised by Fundació TicSalut and promoted by the General Directorate for Health Planning and Research.

The objective of the workshop was to conduct a first approach to the model of professional ICTs and Health competencies, which is a key question for TicSalut regarding the improvement of opportunities and the positioning of our professionals (technologists, carers and managers) in a global context as is Digital Health.

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  • [Computer graphics] Patients demand an increased digital connection with their doctors

    eClinicalWorks promoted an online survey among more than 2,000 users to evaluate the relationship between patients, doctors and their digital environment and has edited computer graphics with the most relevant results.  

  • Google for non-profit organisations

    “Google for Nonprofits” is a Google programme for non-profit organisations that offers free access to tools such as Gmail, YouTube for organisations, Google Earth Outreach and Google Ad Grants. These tools enhance communication with new members and volunteers and make it possible to work more efficiently and convey the organisation’s information. The programme, which reached Spain a few weeks ago, has been active since 2006 in other countries.

  • Iron Hand, a smart glove that provides extra force for opening the hand and for a better grip during functional tasks

    Good hand functioning is crucial to continue managing most of our daily tasks, such as personal care activities, leisure and work occupation. A reduced handgrip has been linked to health complications and disability in older people. This intelligent glove will enable old adults to continue using their hands for functional activities and keeping or even improving their activity level.  In order to provide long-term support to the hand functioning during occupation and leisure activities, the “Iron Hand” project is aimed at developing a smart glove that provides extra strength for opening the hand and for a better grip during functional tasks when necessary. Thus the elderly, especially those with a weak grip, will be able to continue managing their occupational and community activities.