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  • Prescription: Networking

    Boston Medical Center is one of a relative few of U.S. hospitals that have managed to break down bureaucratic barriers to exchange electronic medical records with community health centers having different owners—a first step toward statewide and nationwide exchanges to improve health-care quality and reduce waste. Meg Aranow, the hospital’s chief information officer, and Andrew Ulrich, an emergency department physician, describe the rationale for and emerging uses of this electronic-records network now serving many of Boston’s inner-city patients.

  • Health-Care IT: The Economic Perspective

    With Congress locked in a debate over how to reform the United States’ $2.3 trillion health-care industry, Harvard economist and health-care policy expert David Cutler explains how information technology affects the quality and economics of health care.

  • Demonstrating Health-Care Networking

    Dan Newman, chief medical information officer of Boston Medical Center, explains the workings of the hospital’s new electronic-records network connecting BMC with community health centers in the Boston area.

  • iTube

    Why 23,201 people care that Justine Ezarik just ate a cookie.

  • Nuclear Deterrence in the Age of Nuclear Terrorism

    Graham Allison, a professor of government at Harvard University and the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, talks about the threat of nuclear terrorism.

  • Fuel-Cell Power-Up

    MIT professor of chemical engineering Paula Hammond explains the difference between fuel cells and batteries, how a fuel cell works, and why a methanol fuel cell in particular is useful. Through her work, she brings methanol fuel cells closer to use in practical applications, such as powering cell phones and laptops.

  • Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki

    Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey, founders of the personal-genomics company 23andMe, talk about their goals for the company and the drive to personalize medicine.

  • The Brain Unveiled

    This video combines different types of brain imaging to visualize a brain tumor in a female patient. Superimposed on a picture of the patient’s head are black and white images generated from traditional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) presented sequentially in three different axes: side to side, front to back, and top to bottom. The tumor is then shown in yellow in the left hemisphere of the brain. Scientists further analyzed the data collected from the MRI to map the network of nerve fibers in the brain, seen here as red, green, and purple fibers. Neurosurgeons use these maps during surgery to remove the tumor to avoid damaging fiber tracts that are linked to important brain functions.

  • Upwardly Mobile

    India is the fastest-growing mobile communications market in the world. The rural poor are rapidly adopting phones, so the technology could become a platform for providing banking services. Sanjay Swamy, CEO of the mobile-payment platform mChek, talks about the potential.

  • A VC's Perspective on Mobile Banking in India

    Mohanjit Jolly, executive director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, in India, describes how the country’s rural poor could improve their lives thanks to credit and banking services obtained via increasingly cheap mobile-phone services.

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