The Declaration of the European rectors: MEET THE CHALLENGE OF COMPETITIVENESS

31 01 2011

To be able to innovate, public investment is essential. It has been said the guiding of the 22 institutions that are part of the European League of research universities (LERU), in a Manifesto they have addressed to the European Council, which meets the 4 February in Brussels to lay the foundations of the policy of the 27 partners in research and innovation. There is no in the text the virulent tone of political pamphlets or the iconoclastic zeal that injected the Vanguards artistic to each of his proclamations, but is full of common sense. And it has, even, an undeniable vocation teaching.

“The research is the basis of Europe's future competitiveness”. “Innovation is a complex process”. “Unusual is that the new knowledge, obtained thanks to scientific advances, have immediate practical implications”. These are some phrases of the manifest and are, so to speak, drawer. But we must not take for granted in a Europe that conveys the sense of wandering adrift. The crisis has produced such panic that many Governments have opted to apply the scissors just in the funds allocated to the knowledge, where the future is played.

The problem is that neither the investigation nor innovation can provide immediate results, visible, they serve as politicians to remove chest and look like medal in upcoming elections. “The research of border requires patience, persistence and investments”, say the guiding. Time and money. What never denied to all those universities that, over the past centuries, they allowed Europe to placing at the forefront of science and technology.

It is not a short term vision, or business calculations of immediate benefits. One of the examples that give the guiding is eloquent. If not to break a test tube, never has had identified the enzyme that cuts viral DNA specifically. The science is very slow and many times his successes depend on random. It takes money to keep alive the research lines. Know the Chinese and Indians and knows Obama, He said in his last speech: “Innovation is our way of life”. Europe must heed its guiding.

The original manifesto can be found here.

Subscribe to this article the guiding of the European League of research universities: Dymph van den Boom (University of Amsterdam), Didac Ramírez i Sarrió (University of Barcelona), Leszek Borysiewicz (University of Cambridge), Timothy or ’ Shea (University of Edinburgh), Hans-Jochen Schiewer (University Freiburg Albert Ludwig), Jean-Dominique Vassalli (University of Geneva), Bernhard Eitel (University Heidelberg Karl Ruprecht), Thomas Wilhelmsson (University of Helsinki), Paul F. Van der Heijden (University of Leiden), Mark Waer (University of Leuven), Keith or ’ Nions (Imperial College London), Malcolm Grant (University College London), Per Eriksson (Lund University), Enrico Decleva (University of Milan), Bernd Huber (University Ludwig Maximilian Munich), Andrew Hamilton (University of Oxford), Jean-Charles Pomerol (Pierre and Marie Curie University), Guy Couarraze (University of Paris-sur), Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson (Karolinska Institute), Alain Beretz (University of Strasbourg), Hans Stoof (University of Utrecht), Andreas Fischer (University of Zurich)

Elpais.es [en línea] Madrid (Spain): elpais.es, 31 de enero de 2011 [REF. of 28 in January of 2011] Available on Internet:

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/opinion/Hagan/caso/rectores/elpepiopi/20110128elpepiopi_3/Tes



The ‘ iPhone’ it becomes a dermatoscope to analyze stains on skin

27 01 2011

The company FotoFinder It has developed a device that will allow mobile phone users to ‘ iPhone ’, Apple, track and analyze polka dots and spots on the skin. The system is capable of taking pictures with up to 20 x and allows the sending of pictures so that an expert can assess them. The device has a price of 1.166,20 EUR.

Isn't the first application focused on health that hits the market for the ‘ iPhone’ Since there are other applications that have allowed to perform electrocardiograms or control the users body values. In this case, the tool ‘Handyscope‘ It appears so that users can scan moles or spots that concern them before going to the doctor.

Handyscope

The operation of the system is easy. Users will need to install an application to your phone and purchased the device. ‘ Handyscope’ It is a kind of Holster with a great camera equipped. Once installed on the device will allow you to take pictures of high magnification through the installed application.

The application stores the photos by date, allowing an evolution of spots or moles with an organized record can be. Also the system facilitates the sending of pictures by email so that consumers can make catches to their doctors and that these consideration.

The system ‘ Handyscope’ available for everyone. There are two models, one for ‘ iPhone 4′ and another for the ‘ iPhone 3 g ’. The two models are the same price, 1166,20 euros. Shipping costs are not included and are Spain of 43 euros. Users who want tEURtrol the irregularities in your skin can acquire the device through the website of the company.

europapress.es [en línea] Madrid (Spain): europapress.es.es, 26 de enero de 2011 [REF. 27 in January of 2011] Available on Internet:

http://www.europapress.es/Salud/Farmacia-00668…



The 30% of expenditure on health is it wasted on improper use of innovations

24 01 2011

The 30% of expenditure on health it wasted in use “inappropriate and useless” treatments and innovative technologies that advertises the industry, without that previously evaluated its effectiveness or its indication for each patient.

So have denounced the doctors Ricard Gutiérrez, Vice President of the Organization Medical College (WTO) and Francisco Kovacs, President of the Kovacs Foundation, those who have submitted the report “Recommendations for improving the adoption of medical innovations and its use in the Spanish health system”, carried out by both institutions.

Numerous experts who have prepared this document require the creation of a public register, under the auspices of the WTO, economic relations between industry and professionals and health bodies - such as scientific societies or associations of patients- where is each voluntarily “portrayed”.

Like this, Kovacs has joined as an example, “the next time a scientific society to defend a vaccine and other non-, It will probably be very useful to know who are funded and not by the industry that promotes”.

They also demand the WTO to enable a web that clinicians and researchers reporting the bad practices of the industry which are subject, as attempts of inappropriate influence on their opinions or direct or indirect economic incentives.

Request for clinical, In addition, proper training so that they can “assessing the true quality of the scientific evidence that the industry “trying to sell them”.

Physicians understand that health services have to be “more rigorous and transparent”, that made all the decisions taken in relation to the methodologies to that public “anyone can see what is the scientific basis, If there is one, decisions taken”.

“We often believe that health management decisions are based on scientific evidence but, Unfortunately, in many cases it has shown that that is not always the case”, It has sentenced Kovacs.

These measures would prevent, in full debate on the sustainability of the national health system, wasting resources in the implementation of tests or useless treatments, or that they are effective, but they are not suitable for a particular patient.

“From this moment already not worth with complain that health spending is exorbitant or whether patients are abused or if treatment is not the optimal. There is now a concrete channel: each institution is portrayed showing if you want or do not want to apply it”, the doctor has warned.

This problem is not casual because “the interests of the various participants do not match”, According to the doctor, Since the industry, like any company, “what he wants is to sell”.

For its part, the doctor you want to apply the appropriate treatment to the patient but, “precisely because the training on methodology of research in the Faculty is not strong enough, It is easily prey to deception of those who want to sell anything at any price”.

“This situation has to end”, the expert has said, who has called on health authorities to keep track of these guidelines, evaluating who meets and who do not.

The 21 consensus recommendations will now be adopted by the Assembly of WTO and a web page is enabled www.adopcioninnovacionessanitarias.org, to disseminate them and collect critical contributions or suggestions, as well as possible conflicts of interest that have health workers.

The full document is available here.

Adn.es [en línea] Barcelona (Spain): adADN.es24 de enero de 2011 [REF. 19 in January of 2011] Available on Internet:
http://www.adn.es/lavida/20110119/NWS-0707-innovaciones-inapropiado-sanitario-derrocha-gasto.html



A new project will use ICT to create personalised cancer treatments

20 01 2011

The initiative, funded by the Ministry of science and the European Union, final objective is to create a new standard of management of the oncological patient.

More than 7,5 millions of euros of investment will help develop over the next three years the project TradionP (Personalized cancer diagnosis and treatment), It is intended to facilitate the diagnosis and the creation of personalised cancer treatments.

Through the use of ICT is intended, because, the development of innovative diagnostic and predictive methods to determine which therapies are most effective for each patient. The ultimate goal is, In short, the creation of a new standard of management of the oncological patient.

The project, funded by the Ministry of science and innovation (CDTI) and by the European Union (FEDER), will be developed through a consortium led by Althia, company dedicated to personalized diagnosis and transnational cancer research, e Indra, Spanish multinational company of information technologies.

Complete database of each patient
The Consortium will address the creation of a database that hosts information about each cancer patient (clinical data, hispatologicos, Molecular profiles or medical images), It will integrate with applications that allow to submit, transmit and extract data in form of individualized phenotypes and modeling of tumors.

The expert system includes, In addition, the development of algorithms of artificial intelligence for the design of individualized treatments, best to treat patients with advanced according to the characteristics of their tumor cancer.

In this way, the expert system aims to not only become a support tool for oncologists in the identification of a tumor with a high degree of certainty; but also know the biological characteristics of aggressiveness and possible resistance to drugs and therapies. In addition to increasing the effectiveness of therapies, aims to improve the quality of life for patients. Like this, for example, You can avoid the application of aggressive treatments that are not effective on a given patient and choose the most appropriate for the type of cancer that has, taking into account your personal and clinical data.

This initiative has the participation of researchers and technicians of Lorgen - a 'spin-off' of the University of Granada-, the Cancer Registry of Granada, the Bank of tumors of Andalusia, Hospital Virgen de Las Nieves, the Hospital Clínico San Cecilio, GENYO Genomics Center and the center of research Príncipe Felipe in Valencia.

 

jano.es [en línea] Madrid (Spain): jaJano.es19 de enero de 2011 [REF. 19 in January of 2011] Available on Internet:

http://www.jano.es…



The use of ICT in the Spanish health system

17 01 2011

Telefónica has submitted the eleventh edition of the report The information society in Spain, that reflects the reality of ICT in Spain in the 2010. The use of ICT is relevant and growing, both in the case of health and welfare and health care. The use of the Internet to search for information on a topic related to health continues to grow. In the year 2006, in the European Union a 19% the population had connected on occasion to the Internet with this objective, in 2009 This figure has increased until practically the 33% of the population, 14 percentage points higher. In the case of Spain, the usage values are very similar, found in 2009 only 5 tenths of the European average. More topics seek in Spain usually related diseases, en un 80%; followed by nutrition, en un 57% and drugs; en un 45%in a

In addition, the opinion of the user of the Internet in Europe population highly values the fact of having this source. A 64% They considered that Internet has improved their way of accessing health-related information. In the case of Spain, the proportion rises to the 77%. However, not all information in the network is reliable. While the Internet has become the main source of information for the population when it comes to medical questions, the majority of respondents distrust what you read. The problem is that users do not have identified the web reference in health, topic that should advance in the future.

So to the electronic medical historyreferred to in, According to data from Red.es is available in the 98% health centres public in Spain and in the 70% NHS hospitals (National health system). This means that the 87% for the practitioners and paediatricians working in primary care centres to develop his professional activity with the help of an electronic medical record system. On the other hand, the 88% citizens attending the demand for primary care health centers have an electronic medical record.

The use of the e-prescriptions has also been extended significantly. Is present in the 40% health centres (computerised prescribing reaches the 98%) and in the 42% Spain pharmacy, that they can dispense medicines electronically. This gives coverage to an 26% of the population and allows that the 18% dispensations be carried out electronically. According to data from the Ministry of health, electronic prescriptions can reduce up to a 30% visits to health centres and between a 20% and a 30% the time doctors spend filling recipes.

With regard to the CITES electronic, available in a 87% health centres (3.321 in total). In the year 2009 asked by this route more than 12 million citations for the consultations of Paediatrics. In addition the 86% Spanish citizens can use the appointment by Internet service to primary care consultations, a few 37 millions of citizens, which means a 68% more in 2007.

Tomlee [en línea] Madrid (Spain): tomlee, 17 de enero de 2011 [REF. 11 in January of 2011] Available on Internet:

http://www.idg.es/computerworld/El-uso-de-las-TIC-en-la-sanidad-espanola/seccion-/articulo-202430



Digital technologies to monitor health exhibit its advanced new products at CES 2011 Las Vegas

13 01 2011

The World Health Organization says that health is the State of complete physical well-being, mental and social, and not merely the absence of disease or infection. René Dubos said: “Health is primarily a measure of the ability of each person to do or become what you would like to be.” And Saint John said at the same time: “”Health is a dynamic balance of risk factors between the middle and within certain parameters.”And I mention this, My dear or dear Internaut, because every day there is a greater awareness to monitor health. AND, How not??, has also been in the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Las Vegas, where have many technology companies shown their novelties in the field of digital health, with smart phones, touch screen computers, tablets or 3D TV.

International CES
As for example the Calls-can USB thermometer It has the particularity of the measuring without contact, just at a short distance from the skin of 3,05 more or less centimeters (1,2 inches) and in addition data is loaded via USB 2.0 on a computer equipped with software Ion Health Suite. The device costs only 90 USD (70 EUR).

This year, CES organizers made a full-time called “The Digital Health Summit” (Digital Health Summit) with case as: “The doctor in your hands: The exploration of the mobile health options” and “Technologies that motivate people to stay healthy“, among others. “The intersection between health and technology is mature enough for an explosion in this field”, said Jason Goldberg of 33 years of age and President and founder of Ideal Life, a company with headquarters in Toronto, Canada, It develops health monitoring devices. And he added: “Until now these technology had a prohibitive cost, but now you can sit at the kitchen table for breakfast and check your blood sugar while you transmit data in real time to your doctor or health centre, and all via a device that costs less than 100 $ (77 EUR).

Elliot Sprecher, israeli company data senior analyst IDesia, Developer of a heart rate sensor, He said that digital technology should lead to “a greater awareness of the patient with respect to their own physical health”. “An electrocardiogram (ECG) It takes maybe once a year”, Sprecher said, adding: “This is not enough to know the possibility of a real problem of the heart. If a person takes readings more often, even every day, you could find out the effects of a bad lifestyle. And on the contrary, also know the improvements if you started an exercise program, for example.”

Jason Goldberg, the above company's Ideal Life, He said that all of these devices will have a great impact in the management of chronic diseases. “They are device easy to use as the glucose meter or blood pressure meter, they are also affordable and you can use them every day”, said.

There is no doubt that digital technology will impact health in a positive way“, said Ananth Balasubramanian, Senior Director of product management of iMetrikus, a company with base in Sunnyvale, California, It transmits securely and in real time data from the medical or health centers health auto-vigilancia.

The following video will at the Robot masseuse Wheeme, of the company DreamBots, relieves back pain. The Wheeme massage Robot goes through every inch of the back massage with your small roller with movements and pressure at random, using its resources to improve circulatory function, recover mobility restricted between the damaged tissue, relieve or reduce pain, or to optimize the sensory awareness, providing relaxation and well-being. The robot weighs just 240 grams and runs along the back without falling, Thanks to its inclination sensors that keep the Centre of gravity in place. The official presentation of the Robot occurred precisely in this CES 2011 Las Vegas and its output to the market seems that it will be immediately.

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Biomedical shirts allow you to control the vital heart patients

10 01 2011

The Hospital Virgen Macarena It has launched a pilot project that allows you to control the vital signs to patients with cardiac disease through a wireless device while performing exercises of rehabilitation or other risk activities.

It's a technology that opens a door towards people with cardiac risk remote control. By means of this device, “they can be monitored from the crowd of people at the same time hospital, allowing you to set alerts tailored to each patient's clinical situation and control systems”.

The shirt bio-textronic is capable of capturing vital signs, they are processed by a wireless device and sent to a mobile phone, a computer or channelled via the Internet. In this way, information can be view in real time at any point of access to the Internet and stored for later analysis. With this type of project, Hospital Virgen Macarena “It responds to a new approach in the approach to health care for people with chronic health problems, through the application of new information technologies”.

This research project is part of a set of initiatives that drives Living Lab health Andalusia, a body consisting of the Ministry of economy, Innovation and science and the Ministry of health.

Diariodesevilla.es [en línea] Seville (Spain): diariodesevilla.es, 10 de enero de 2011 [REF. 09 in January of 2011] Available on Internet:

http://www.diariodesevilla.es/article/sevilla/875888/camisetas/biomedicas/permiten/controlar/las/constantes/vitales/los/enfermos/corazon.html



Electronic medical history points to fashion cloud computing

6 01 2011

The development of the cloud computing It is a natural evolution of virtualization, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and computing as utility. Your best description is one that defines you as a model of scalable and dynamic Web-based it service delivery. Many of the providers of applications of electronic medical history (EHR, electronic health records) they are offering solutions type cloud such as hosting applications or software as a service models.
Cloud Computing
These services work on remote platforms as well as your own customers (computers or mobile devices) and the access to applications and clinical data is offered through Terminal Services or virtual private networks, giving the sensation of having a true application based on Web o thin client.

Today, to the extent that the cloud computing it becomes a more conventional technology, medical doctors and healthcare organizations are assessing if this platform has the answer to get an alternative more secure and less costly to traditional networks.

However, to better understand the possibilities of this computing power, It is important to examine the cultural impact and the challenges faced by the deployment of electronic medical history on a platform of cloud computing.

Challenges

A large number of organizations have approached private cloud networks, using server virtualization to simulate on-demand services. This hybrid approach, or type cloud solutions, they can help to alleviate some challenges, as the security, and other challenges, with an economic cost and reduced time.

The other important aspect of this type of alternative cloud is that it is reviewing the cultural impact that is move data and clinical applications to the cloud. In the same way as in other industries, in this there is a natural bias to clinics and health organizations want to have control over their own data.

The security of applications in the cloud is limited because of the difficulties in providing guarantees and integrity checks. In a traditional environment, the capacity of authentication, the access control and audit capabilities exist thanks to a defined network layers. On the other hand, These network layer do not exist in an environment of public cloud.

Benefits

Among the major benefits that health organizations on models type cloud is reducing deployment costs. One of the major costs of EHR deployment is the coordination of hardware, software and clinical transformation to individual and numerous medical clinics. Each may vary by specialty, by application, by hardware or software configuration. The ability to provide test and production environments and implement standardized as many items as possible, reduces the internal efforts up in a 50%.

The recovery of the business is another one of the benefits of this type of service. Outpatient doctors of today need an availability of 24/7 and they expect high levels of their sellers of it services to ensure that they can meet the needs of their patients with minimal disruption. In a distributed hundreds of medical office environment, the ability to provide and deploy applications in a recovery scenario disaster is very valuable.

Finally, noteworthy is the ability to reduce support efforts. Traditional deployments spend considerable time and effort in certain moments of support, but a cloud-based deployment enables it vendors to doctors and healthcare organizations implement a standard patch level, updates and configurations to a very fractional and independent community, as well as improving the infrastructure of the healthcare organization.

idg.es [en línea] Madrid (Spain): idtomlee4 enero de 2011 [REF. of 06 January of 2011] Available on Internet:

http://www.idg.es/computerworld/La-historia-clinica-electronica-se-apunta-a-la-mod/seccion-sanidad/noticia-104334



Dr KERDEL-VEGAS: Is it possible to stop the ravages of Alzheimer's disease??

3 01 2011

Dr. Francisco Kerdel-Vegas

Francisco.kerdelvegas@gmail.com

www.bitacoramedica.com

Is not possible to ignore a decision by the meaning of the Act to combat Alzheimer's disease which the Congress of the United States adopted unanimously at the beginning of the month of December of 2010. This project is an attempt to successfully combat this terrible brain disease in a period of 10 years.

The most prominent commentators make an analogy between this strategy of the administration of President Obama and other two fundamental decisions in the recent history of the United States, as they were the place a man on the Moon by John f.. Kennedy (that was actually met before the deadline agreed on a decade) and Ronald Reagan defeat communism (less than a year having ended his second presidential term, the Berlin Wall fell, and with the International Communist threat).

This is one of the most interesting and impressive in the collective psychology of Americans features; able to mobilize the spirit of the citizens of this great nation targets, by putting its immense human and economic resources to the service of a great idea as it is without a doubt the Alzheimer's project. In the field of medicine have done you before with so desvastadoras as the polio disease, and more recently achieving control AIDS.

But why Alzheimer's disease?? The statistics are incontrovertible; the disease has become the number one public health of the United States problem by their frequency and their havoc. Before that nothing should be noted that it already acquired the characteristics of an epidemic, that leads to the death of 5,3 millions of citizens of that country in a year, and undertake economic activity of 11 millions more, dedicated to caring for the sick. The cost is astronomical and it reaches more of 170 billions of dollars per year, with a projection of reach to 2 trillions of dollars in the next decade.

Experts are well aware that the best strategy is to prevent disease and the experience gained in the battle against AIDS shows that the 10 trillions of dollars used by the Government to transform the disease to an "aggressive killer" in a treatable condition, you saved the nation 1,4 trillion that has been spent in treating the sick.

These positive experiences; those battles fought and won in the field of public health, allow American taxpayers calculated hopes in that you can do it one more time, contributing enormous resources, knowing in advance just to extend for five years the beginning of the disease would reduce in 1,6 million the number of deaths from Alzheimer's, with a saving of 362 million dollars for the year 2050.

Is clearly evident that this enormous mobilization of resources in research of the secrets that the human brain have significant positive impact on our knowledge of its operation and in the treatment of many other neurological diseases that currently ruin the lives of millions of human beings.

This noble effort, as a central objective of an entire nation, It will be for the benefit of all mankind and the gratitude of the entire community of Nations.

DOES IT POSSIBLE TO STOP THE RAVAGES OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE??

Francisco Kerdel-Vegas

Francisco.kerdelvegas@gmail.com

www.bitacoramedica.com

Is not possible to ignore a decision by the meaning of the Act to combat Alzheimer's disease which the Congress of the United States adopted unanimously at the beginning of the month of December of 2010. This project is an attempt to successfully combat this terrible brain disease in a period of 10 years.

The most prominent commentators make an analogy between this strategy of the administration of President Obama and other two fundamental decisions in the recent history of the United States, as they were the place a man on the Moon by John f.. Kennedy (that was actually met before the deadline agreed on a decade) and Ronald Reagan defeat communism (less than a year having ended his second presidential term, the Berlin Wall fell, and with the International Communist threat).

This is one of the most interesting and impressive in the collective psychology of Americans features; able to mobilize the spirit of the citizens of that great targets

nation, by putting its immense human and economic resources to the service of a great idea as it is without a doubt the Alzheimer's project. In the field of medicine have done you before with so desvastadoras as the polio disease, and more recently achieving control AIDS.

But why Alzheimer's disease?? The statistics are incontrovertible; the disease has become the number one public health of the United States problem by their frequency and their havoc. Before that nothing should be noted that it already acquired the characteristics of an epidemic, that leads to the death of 5,3 millions of citizens of that country in a year, and undertake economic activity of 11 millions more, dedicated to caring for the sick. The cost is astronomical and it reaches more of 170 billions of dollars per year, with a projection of reach to 2 trillions of dollars in the next decade.

Experts are well aware that the best strategy is to prevent disease and the experience gained in the battle against AIDS shows that the 10 trillions of dollars used by the Government to transform the disease to an "aggressive killer" in a treatable condition, you saved the nation 1,4 trillion that has been spent in treating the sick.

These positive experiences; those battles fought and won in the field of public health, allow American taxpayers calculated hopes in that you can do it one more time, contributing enormous resources, knowing in advance just to extend for five years the beginning of the disease would reduce in 1,6 million the number of deaths from Alzheimer's, with a saving of 362 million dollars for the year 2050.

Is clearly evident that this enormous mobilization of resources in research of the secrets that the human brain have significant positive impact on our knowledge of its operation and in the treatment of many other neurological diseases that currently ruin the lives of millions of human beings.

This noble effort, as a central objective of an entire nation, It will be for the benefit of all mankind and the gratitude of the entire community of Nations.