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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937949/international-vision-care-issues-and-approaches
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Rohit C Khanna, Srinivas Marmamula, Gullapalli N Rao
Globally, 32.4 million individuals are blind and 191 million have moderate or severe visual impairment (MSVI); 80% of cases of blindness and MSVI are avoidable. However, great efforts are needed to tackle blindness and MSVI, as eye care in most places is delivered in isolation from and without significant integration with general health sectors. Success stories, including control of vitamin A deficiency, onchocerciasis, and trachoma, showed that global partnerships, multisectoral collaboration, public-private partnerships, corporate philanthropy, support from nongovernmental organizations-both local and international-and governments are responsible for the success of these programs...
September 15, 2017: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934864/augmentative-and-alternative-communication-practices-a-descriptive-study-of-the-perceptions-of-south-african-speech-language-therapists
#2
Shakila Dada, Yvonne Murphy, Kerstin Tönsing
Speech-language therapists (SLTs) have direct contact with a wide variety of individuals who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and they are therefore considered to have a primary role in the assessment, selection, and implementation of AAC symbols, techniques, aids, and strategies. Limited information is available with regard to SLTs' practices in the field of AAC, and there is a particular paucity of information about developing country contexts such as South Africa. The aim of this study was to determine how South African SLTs perceive their current AAC practices...
September 21, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934152/an-authentication-and-key-management-mechanism-for-resource-constrained-devices-in-ieee-802-11-based-iot-access-networks
#3
Ki-Wook Kim, Youn-Hee Han, Sung-Gi Min
Many Internet of Things (IoT) services utilize an IoT access network to connect small devices with remote servers. They can share an access network with standard communication technology, such as IEEE 802.11ah. However, an authentication and key management (AKM) mechanism for resource constrained IoT devices using IEEE 802.11ah has not been proposed as yet. We therefore propose a new AKM mechanism for an IoT access network, which is based on IEEE 802.11 key management with the IEEE 802.1X authentication mechanism...
September 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932740/tapping-the-vast-potential-of-the-data-deluge-in-small-scale-food-animal-production-businesses-challenges-to-near-real-time-data-analysis-and-interpretation
#4
Flavie Vial, Andrew Tedder
Food-animal production businesses are part of a data-driven ecosystem shaped by stringent requirements for traceability along the value chain and the expanding capabilities of connected products. Within this sector, the generation of animal health intelligence, in particular, in terms of antimicrobial usage, is hindered by the lack of a centralized framework for data storage and usage. In this Perspective, we delimit the 11 processes required for evidence-based decisions and explore processes 3 (digital data acquisition) to 10 (communication to decision-makers) in more depth...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928112/influenzanet-citizens-among-10-countries-collaborating-to-monitor-influenza-in-europe
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Carl E Koppeschaar, Vittoria Colizza, Caroline Guerrisi, Clément Turbelin, Jim Duggan, W John Edmunds, Charlotte Kjelsø, Ricardo Mexia, Yamir Moreno, Sandro Meloni, Daniela Paolotti, Daniela Perrotta, Edward van Straten, Ana O Franco
BACKGROUND: The wide availability of the Internet and the growth of digital communication technologies have become an important tool for epidemiological studies and health surveillance. Influenzanet is a participatory surveillance system monitoring the incidence of influenza-like illness (ILI) in Europe since 2003. It is based on data provided by volunteers who self-report their symptoms via the Internet throughout the influenza season and currently involves 10 countries. OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we describe the Influenzanet system and provide an overview of results from several analyses that have been performed with the collected data, which include participant representativeness analyses, data validation (comparing ILI incidence rates between Influenzanet and sentinel medical practice networks), identification of ILI risk factors, and influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) studies previously published...
September 19, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925418/mhealth-application-areas-and-technology-combinations-a-comparison-of-literature-from-high-and-low-middle-income-countries
#6
Haitham Abaza, Michael Marschollek
BACKGROUND: With the continuous and enormous spread of mobile technologies, mHealth has evolved as a new subfield of eHealth. While eHealth is broadly focused on information and communication technologies, mHealth seeks to explore more into mobile devices and wireless communication. Since mobile phone penetration has exceeded other infrastructure in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), mHealth is seen as a promising component to provide pervasive and patient-centered care. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our research work for this paper is to examine the mHealth literature to identify application areas, target diseases, and mHealth service and technology types that are most appropriate for LMICs...
August 8, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921676/perioperative-passport-empowering-people-with-diabetes-along-their-surgical-journey
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E Page, F Akiboye, S Jackson, C Kerry, R Round, G Rayman
AIM: To determine whether a handheld 'perioperative passport' could improve the experience of perioperative care for people with diabetes and overcome some of the communication issues commonly identified in inpatient extracts. METHODS: Individuals with diabetes undergoing elective surgery requiring at least an overnight stay were identified via a customized information technology system. Those allocated to the passport group were given the perioperative passport before their hospital admission...
September 18, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921391/effects-of-web-based-interventions-on-cancer-patients-symptoms-review-of-randomized-trials
#8
REVIEW
N Fridriksdottir, S Gunnarsdottir, S Zoëga, B Ingadottir, E J G Hafsteinsdottir
PURPOSE: Symptom management is of high priority in cancer care. Information and communication technology allows interventions to be provided through the internet to enhance the delivery of care. This study aimed to review the effects of web-based interventions on cancer patients' symptoms. METHODS: MEDLINE, PSychINFO, PubMed, CINAHL, and Cochrane databases were systematically searched. Included were randomized controlled trials (RCTs), pilot RCTs, or quasi-experimental (QE) studies focusing on web-based interventions in adult cancer patients with at least one outcome primary or secondary, in terms of symptoms, treatment side effects, or distress...
September 18, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920567/electronic-devices-for-cognitive-impairment-screening-a-systematic-literature-review
#9
J Antonio García-Casal, Manuel Franco-Martín, M Victoria Perea-Bartolomé, J Miguel Toribio-Guzmán, Carlos García-Moja, Miguel Goñi-Imizcoz, Emese Csipke
OBJECTIVES: The reduction in cognitive decline depends on timely diagnosis. The aim of this systematic review was to analyze the current available information and communication technologies-based instruments for cognitive decline early screening and detection in terms of usability, validity, and reliability. METHODS: Electronic searches identified 1,785 articles of which thirty-four met the inclusion criteria and were grouped according to their main purpose into test batteries, measures of isolated tasks, behavioral measures, and diagnostic tools...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918822/a-theoretical-model-to-explain-the-smart-technology-adoption-behaviors-of-elder-consumers-elderadopt
#10
Stephen M Golant
A growing global population of older adults is potential consumers of a category of products referred to as smart technologies, but also known as telehealth, telecare, information and communication technologies, robotics, and gerontechnology. This paper constructs a theoretical model to explain whether older people will adopt smart technology options to cope with their discrepant individual or environmental circumstances, thereby enabling them to age in place. Its proposed constructs and relationships are drawn from multiple academic disciplines and professional specialties, and an extensive literature focused on the factors influencing the acceptance of these smart technologies...
August 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916926/informatics-for-precision-medicine-and-healthcare
#11
Jiajia Chen, Yuxin Lin, Bairong Shen
The past decade has witnessed great advances in biomedical informatics. Biomedical informatics is an emerging field of healthcare that aims to translate the laboratory observation into clinical practice. Smart healthcare has also developed rapidly with ubiquitous sensor and communication technologies. It is able to capture the online patient-centric phenotypic variables, thus providing a rich information base for translational biomedical informatics. Biomedical informatics and smart healthcare represent two interrelated disciplines...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915991/adolescent-and-parental-reactions-to-puberty-in-nigeria-and-kenya-a-cross-cultural-and-intergenerational-comparison
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Bamidele M Bello, Adesegun O Fatusi, Oluwatomi E Adepoju, Beatrice W Maina, Caroline W Kabiru, Marni Sommer, Kristin Mmari
PURPOSE: This qualitative study assesses the cross-cultural and intergenerational reactions of young adolescents and parents to puberty in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya. METHODS: Sixty-six boys and girls (aged 11-13 years) and their parents participated in narrative interviews conducted in English or local languages in two urban poor settings in Ile-Ife and Nairobi. All interviews were recorded, transcribed, translated, and uploaded into Atlas.ti software for coding and analysis...
October 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913433/single-pixel-computational-ghost-imaging-with-helicity-dependent-metasurface-hologram
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Hong-Chao Liu, Biao Yang, Qinghua Guo, Jinhui Shi, Chunying Guan, Guoxing Zheng, Holger Mühlenbernd, Guixin Li, Thomas Zentgraf, Shuang Zhang
Different optical imaging techniques are based on different characteristics of light. By controlling the abrupt phase discontinuities with different polarized incident light, a metasurface can host a phase-only and helicity-dependent hologram. In contrast, ghost imaging (GI) is an indirect imaging modality to retrieve the object information from the correlation of the light intensity fluctuations. We report single-pixel computational GI with a high-efficiency reflective metasurface in both simulations and experiments...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912193/effectiveness-of-a-multifactorial-intervention-based-on-an-application-for-smartphones-heart-healthy-walks-and-a-nutritional-workshop-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-primary-care-emid-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Rosario Alonso-Domínguez, Manuel A Gómez-Marcos, Maria C Patino-Alonso, Natalia Sánchez-Aguadero, Cristina Agudo-Conde, Carmen Castaño-Sánchez, Luis García-Ortiz, José I Recio-Rodríguez
INTRODUCTION: New information and communication technologies (ICTs) may promote lifestyle changes, but no adequate evidence is available on their combined effect of ICTs with multifactorial interventions aimed at improving diet and increasing physical activity in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2). The primary objective of this study is to assess the effect of a multifactorial intervention to increase physical activity and adherence to Mediterranean diet in DM2. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Study scope and population: The study will be conducted at 'La Alamedilla' primary care research unit in Salamanca (Spain)...
September 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912115/system-wide-inpatient-portal%C3%A2-implementation-survey-of-health-care-team-perceptions
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Jennifer L Hefner, Cynthia J Sieck, Daniel M Walker, Timothy R Huerta, Ann Scheck McAlearney
BACKGROUND: Inpatient portals, a new type of patient portal tailored specifically to the hospital setting, can allow patients to access up-to-date health information and exchange secure communications with their care team. As such, inpatient portals present an opportunity for patients to increase engagement in their care during a time of acute crisis that emphasizes focus on a patient's health. While there is a large body of research on patient portals in the outpatient setting, questions are being raised specifically about inpatient portals, such as how they will be incorporated into the flow of patient care in hectic, stressed, team-based hospital settings...
September 14, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910238/telemanagement-of-heart-failure-patients-across-the-post-acute-care-continuum
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Amy Dadosky, Heather Overbeck, Laura Barbetta, Ken Bertke, Maureen Corl, Kathleen Daly, Natasha Hiles, Nancy Rector, Eugene Chung, Santosh Menon
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a chronic condition causing nearly 1 million hospital admissions annually in the United States with 25% of patients rehospitalized within 30 days. INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether telemanagement of HF patients throughout the post-acute continuum of care would reduce rehospitalization rates and improve patient self-care knowledge and satisfaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HF patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) received telemanagement by HF clinicians with opportunity for continuation at home with assistance of home healthcare (HHC) nurses...
September 13, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903813/rebooting-healthcare-information-technology-downtime-management
#17
Julie Bulson, Mark Van Dyke, Nicole Skibinski
Healthcare, like many other industries, has become reliant on technology to manage daily operations. Often, technology downtimes are managed within the information technology departments to ensure the technical staff can return the hardware or software to the end users as quickly as possible. However, if managed strictly through IT departments, such incidents lack critical communication components and an understanding of the impact on end users. This paper argues that such technological incidents need to be managed not just rapidly but also in conjunction with the emergency preparedness department...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901005/delivery-arrangements-for-health-systems-in-low-income-countries-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
#18
REVIEW
Agustín Ciapponi, Simon Lewin, Cristian A Herrera, Newton Opiyo, Tomas Pantoja, Elizabeth Paulsen, Gabriel Rada, Charles S Wiysonge, Gabriel Bastías, Lilian Dudley, Signe Flottorp, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Sebastian Garcia Marti, Claire Glenton, Charles I Okwundu, Blanca Peñaloza, Fatima Suleman, Andrew D Oxman
BACKGROUND: Delivery arrangements include changes in who receives care and when, who provides care, the working conditions of those who provide care, coordination of care amongst different providers, where care is provided, the use of information and communication technology to deliver care, and quality and safety systems. How services are delivered can have impacts on the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of health systems. This broad overview of the findings of systematic reviews can help policymakers and other stakeholders identify strategies for addressing problems and improve the delivery of services...
September 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900790/medical-images-are-safe-an-enhanced-chaotic-scrambling-approach
#19
M Y Mohamed Parvees, J Abdul Samath, B Parameswaran Bose
The patient data confidentiality is one of the vital security aspects in e-Health and m-Health services. In particular, providing confidentiality to the patient's medical image is essential and the protection approaches have to be explored in-depth due to the rapid progress in the technologies of teleradiology and PACS. In this study, the pseudo random number generators (PRNGs), namely, the linear congruential generator (LCG) and XOR shift generator (XSG) are improved and combined with improved logistic 2D coupled chaotic map to provide enhanced chaos based encryption...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898196/teens-and-technology-transforming-acne-treatment
#20
Donna Lee Ettel, Lora Rose Lamanno, Sarah Anne Neyra, Wallace John Ettel, George Leonard Ettel Iii, Matthew Kevin Mitchell
INTRODUCTION: Although the Internet contains many health Web sites with valid information, it also contains sites with false information. OBJECTIVE: To learn whether high school students searching health care information believe they are using evidence-based sites and to understand their topics of interest, frequently navigated sites, and trust/confidence in the credibility of information found. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Students at a private high school answered an anonymous survey inquiring about their belief that they were using evidence-based sites, topics of interest, search engines of choice, and their trust in information obtained...
2017: Permanente Journal
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