IEEE PULSE
November/December 2014

Feature November/December 2014
Atomic View: The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility Explores X-ray Angiography
Above: The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF). Since its development in 1947, synchrotron radiation (SR) X-rays have had tremendous applications in many fields, including in physics, material science, the life sciences, and medicine. The bright X-ray beam produced by synchrotron allows... Read more
Feature November/December 2014
A Path to Extinguishing Ebola
Earlier this year, it appeared that the Ebola virus outbreak would be contained in West Africa; however, as seen of late, epidemics tend to be unpredictable. Instead, the Ebola virus has become an increasing concern and even more challenging since... Read more
It's a Question of Ethics November/December 2014
Considering the Ebola Epidemic and the Biomedical Engineering Ethical Mandate
Dr. Bernard Cohen, Chair of the IEEE EMBS Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, joins IEEE Pulse this month with his column “It’s a Question of Ethics.” We’ve asked Dr. Cohen to share with us some of his goals for the... Read more
Student's Corner November/December 2014
Looking Back at EMBC 2014: Students' Voices
The 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’14) was held from 26-30 August 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The overall theme of the conference was “Discovering, Innovating, and... Read more
Feature November/December 2014
Creative Intelligence
What does intelligence mean for a hospital where the main problems aren’t incompatible computer systems and data overload but a lack of computers, of trained personnel, or even of basic resources such as clean water and pharmaceuticals? There are still many... Read more
Student's Corner November/December 2014
Making Health Care Universally Accessible
Can a case of the flu be diagnosed over Skype? Is it possible to learn the results of your computed tomography scan after midnight? Can a young mother receive care where a trained pediatrician can’t visit? The answer to all... Read more
From the Editor November/December 2014
Where Technology and Patient Care Intersect
Where do patient satisfaction, medical advancement, and innovation meet? The answer is here—right in this issue as we focus on the patient experience and consider how best to integrate technology into that experience, rather than allowing technology to define it.... Read more
State of the Art November/December 2014
Genetic Discrimination and Racism
Discrimination seems to be an intrinsic trait inherent in our very being. We, as people, seem to be disposed to discriminate either for or against those who, for one reason or another, are unlike us. This dissimilarity may be recognized... Read more
Retrospectroscope November/December 2014
Intracardiac Pressure–Volume Diagrams and Their Links with Thermodynamics
Work and energy, power and efficiency, all four involve concepts that seemingly belong only to machines… but much before they popped out of fire and coal, live beings possessed and used them as essential life-supporting intrinsic attributes. The main objective of... Read more
Continuing Education, November/December 2014
Tips on Scientific Writing and Manuscript Preparation
Technical communication entails conveying information about a technology to intended audiences in different fields, including science, engineering, biotechnology, and medicine, often in the form of publications and technical papers. The purpose is to disseminate the intended information in a useful... Read more
Book Reviews November/December 2014
Synthetic Biology
Edited by Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray, MIT Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780262519595, 192 pages, US$21.00 (paperback). The rapid advancement of gene sequencing and synthesis technology has fostered the development of a new field of inquiry called synthetic biology. Synthetic... Read more
Cover Story November/December 2014
What is an Intelligent Hospital?
Simply put, an intelligent hospital is one that works better and smarter. It’s better because it’s resourceful, creative, and perceptive about what patients and doctors need, and it’s smarter because it’s astute and inventive when it comes to weaving together... Read more
Feature November/December 2014
Tomorrow's Hospital
The year is 2024. At a small regional hospital, an automated call has just come in, triggered by a patient’s personal fitness-monitoring device, which has detected several sudden and drastic anomalies—a sharp spike in pulse rate followed by an extreme... Read more
Feature November/December 2014
Nigeria in the Spotlight
As immediate past permanent secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Health in Nigeria and former chief medical director of one of the country’s top medical centers, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Femi Olugbile has had a close view... Read more
Feature November/December 2014
Saving Lives and Money with Smarter Hospitals
Smart technology is a major topic for hospitals today, and it’s all about gathering, sharing, and using information with the lofty aspirations of improving care while also cutting costs. The emphasis is on functional interoperability of medical devices and hospital... Read more
Feature November/December 2014
Solving the Interoperability Challenge
If you’ve been a patient or visited a loved one in the hospital, it is likely that you have experienced one or more of the following scenarios: Your child’s infusion-pump alarm keeps going off, but your hospital room door is closed... Read more
Feature November/December 2014
My Body, My Microbiome
The human body is a microbe’s playground: interspersed among the 37 trillion cells of the human body [1] are at least ten times as many bacteria, fungi, viruses, and archaea. That amounts to 100 times as many microbial genes as... Read more