Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) physicians have adapted real-time 3-D ultrasound imaging devices to visualize single nerves in an effort to block nerve function in selected areas of the body.
According to Mayo, its physicians have used this technique to place blocks on nerves in the neck, under arms, below collarbones, and in the backside upper portion of legs, which may spare surgical patients from use of general anesthesia.
The Mayo clinic tested two different Philips transducers (the hand held probes held by physicians against the body which emit the ultrasound waves) known as the x3-1 and x7-2 Matrix array tranducers. Both provide sharp resolutions even at shallow depths, contends Mayo physicians.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.