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I am a clinician with a passion for informatics. This blog is about my eHealth journey exploring interoperability in Electronic Medical Records (EMR/EHR), Patient Safety, Pharmacovigilance, Data Analytics, Clinical Research and Bioinformatics in a clinical context. Comparing Canadian, Indian and Middle Eastern healthcare systems and services. Join our open facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clinical.bioinformaticians/


Micro Data: Wearable Devices Contribution to Improved Chronic Disease Management

Issues involving chronic disease prevention and management (CDPM) are prevalent in today's aging society, and suggestions for improvement are essential to treat this patient demographic effectively. This article addresses the use of wearable devices for the medical community to improve CDPM by relying on the accumulation of micro data. For the patient, we recognize that these devices can be an effective tool to facilitate real-time monitoring of their vital signs and activity levels. With real-time monitoring and earlier responses, individuals can benefit by preventing, delaying or reducing exacerbations of chronic diseases. Use of these devices also has great benefit to the person and has the potential to decrease the individual's emergency room visits, hospital admissions and re-admissions. As patients and their healthcare providers work together to identify cumulative trends in their micro data, transitions in care planning will be enhanced, further contributing to improved chronic disease management.

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Facegram – Objective quantitative analysis in facial reconstructive surgery

Publication date: June 2016
Source:Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Volume 61
Author(s): Ana Gerós, Ricardo Horta, Paulo Aguiar
Evaluation of effectiveness in reconstructive plastic surgery has become an increasingly important asset in comparing and choosing the most suitable medical procedure to handle facial disfigurement. Unfortunately, traditional methods to assess the results of surgical interventions are mostly qualitative and lack information about movement dynamics. Along with this, the few existing methodologies tailored to objectively quantify surgery results are not practical in the medical field due to constraints in terms of cost, complexity and poor suitability to clinical environment. These limitations enforce an urgent need for the creation of a new system to quantify facial movement and allow for an easy interpretation by medical experts. With this in mind, we present here a novel method capable of quantitatively and objectively assess complex facial movements, using a set of morphological, static and dynamic measurements. For this purpose, RGB-D cameras are used to acquire both color and depth images, and a modified block matching algorithm, combining depth and color information, was developed to track the position of anatomical landmarks of interest. The algorithms are integrated into a user-friendly graphical interface and the analysis outcomes are organized into an innovative medical tool, named facegram. This system was developed in close collaboration with plastic surgeons and the methods were validated using control subjects and patients with facial paralysis. The system was shown to provide useful and detailed quantitative information (static and dynamic) making it an appropriate solution for objective quantitative characterization of facial movement in a clinical environment.

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A quasi-static 3D model of wheelchair propulsion

The use of theoretical models is an alternative for studying the configuration of manual wheelchairs. Richter and Morrow proposed one of the theoretical models used to study propulsion in manual wheelchairs. However this analytical model is limited to use in the sagittal plane. This article presents a quasi-static 3D model that could examine wheelchair propulsion and provide performance analysis during 3D motion. The 3D model takes into account parameters such as axial forces on the hand, the lateral distance between the shoulder joint and the centre of the axis of the propulsion wheel and the angles of inclination of the propulsion wheel (camber angle). The results obtained using our 3D model of wheelchair propulsion show the influences of the lateral distance between the shoulder joint and the axis of the propulsion wheel as well as the effects of the camber angle in the shoulder and elbow joints.

By Isam Hilal; Philippe Pudlo in International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation (IJHFMS), 2015 Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 136 - 163

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Health IT vendors and the academic community: The 2014 ACMI debate

Publication date: April 2016
Source:Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Volume 60
Author(s): Alexa T. McCray, John Glaser, Ross Koppel, Curtis P. Langlotz, Jonathan Silverstein
The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) periodically hosts a debate at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) fall symposium on a timely topic in biomedical informatics. In 2014 a panel of ACMI fellows debated the following proposition: “The lack of interaction and collaboration between health IT vendors and academic clinical informatics units is stifling innovation and will continue to have a detrimental effect on the evolution of commercial products.” Debaters disagreed on the level of interaction and collaboration between the health IT sector and academia and disagreed on whether and by whom innovation was actually taking place. While collaboration between industry and academia was seen as desirable by all of the debaters, there was an acknowledgment that these groups have notably different roles and responsibilities. There was consensus that a path forward should be found, and that AMIA itself has an important role to play in effecting this.



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Latest iPhone 7 rumors: 4 killer features hinted by Apple patents & iOS 9.3 beta [VIDEO]

What will make the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on release date remains wrapped in mystery. Thankfully, Apple is dropping bits of hints with its latest patent publications and the most recent beta build of iOS 9.3. The patents point to upcoming iPhone technology while iOS 9.3 is mostly packed with features likely to carry over on iOS 10. Latest iPhone 7 rumors: 4 killer features hinted by Apple patents & iOS 9.3 beta [VIDEO] : Tech : Yibada

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About Me

As a Dermatologist and Informatician my research mainly involves application of bioinformatics techniques and tools in dermatological conditions. However my research interests are varied and I have publications in areas ranging from artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, systems biology, ontology development, microarray analysis, immunology, computational biology and clinical dermatology. I am also interested in eHealth, Health Informatics and Health Policy.

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