Are robots replacing surgeons? Not any time soon, but that was one of the most frequently asked questions when Oregon Health & Science University physicians gave demonstrations this weekend of how surgical robots work and how they are transforming a wide variety of procedures. The demonstrations were part of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Museum visitors had the opportunity to see how … Read More
A few weeks ago we told you about telemedicine and the importance of this new technology across all 96,000 square miles of Oregon. This week, OHSU’s Dr. Miles Ellenby talked about how it can both save and improve lives in an Op Ed in The Oregonian. Here’s an excerpt: Today, 10 hospitals around the state have immediate, around-the-clock access to OHSU’s pediatric intensive care specialists, neonatologists, stroke neurologists, neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons and other specialty care … Read More
Remember that recent post on the field of biomedical informatics and why the expanding field is so important to our future health? Here’s a neat update. OHSU’s own department chair Dr. Bill Hersh was recently honored by Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of the top 25 medical informaticists (my that’s a mouthful!) in the country. Here’s the full list of winners. Dr. Hersh wrote a quick blog post about it recently on his own blog. … Read More
Good news for smartphone users: People with Android phones can now access their health records on the road. They can do so through a free application called MyChart. There’s also an App for Apple devices. Here’s more info from OHSU Physician Dr. Tom Yackel: For more info about the App and how to sign up for MyChart, click this link.
It’s not exactly a catchphrase, but biomedical informatics is a big deal at academic health centers like OHSU. In short, it’s a field linked to the tremendous amount of complex information developed through health care and research. The experts can explain things a lot better than I. In fact, I found an OHSU video recently which helps clarify things. Here it is.