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Mobile Health Apps Becoming More Popular Among Patients and Clinicians

Mobile Health Apps Becoming More Popular Among Patients and Clinicians

Clinicians and patients use this technology to monitor health, behaviors, and treatment outcomes.

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

The FDA has approved a device designed to provide relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms when placed behind the ear.

Web-Based Patient Portals Can Increase Patient Engagement

Web-Based Patient Portals Can Increase Patient Engagement

The benefit of web-based patient portals and mobile applications has yet to be established in current research, but some research has demonstrated its rationale in clinical practice.

Staying One Step Ahead of Medical Information Hackers

Staying One Step Ahead of Medical Information Hackers

According to the Protenus Breach Barometer, which provides a monthly report of disclosed health care breaches, an average of 1 breach occurs every day. The main offender behind these breaches - now accounting for more than half of all reported breaches and 95% of total stolen records - is hackers.

Strategies to Improve Electronic Health Record Usability

Strategies to Improve Electronic Health Record Usability

A discussion was led by panelists with a variety of medical backgrounds and covered issues including the impact of implementation decisions on EHR usability.

FDA Approves Robotically-Assisted Surgical Device for Minimally Invasive Surgery

FDA Approves Robotically-Assisted Surgical Device for Minimally Invasive Surgery

The FDA has approved the Senhance System to help facilitate minimally invasive surgery for adult patients.

High Rate of Sharing Passwords for Medical Records Noted Amongst Staff

High Rate of Sharing Passwords for Medical Records Noted Amongst Staff

The use of unique user IDs and passwords is vital to the defend the privacy of medical data, yet password sharing among medical staff is common.

Paper-Based Records and EHRs Both Have Quality, Structural Problems

Paper-Based Records and EHRs Both Have Quality, Structural Problems

Researchers compared the quality of paper-based and electronic-based health records according to content, documentation process, and structure.

Precise Printing of Drugs May Accelerate Drug Screening, Enable Continuous Manufacturing

Precise Printing of Drugs May Accelerate Drug Screening, Enable Continuous Manufacturing

Researchers at the University of Michigan are working on a new technology that could potentially allow clinicians the ability to print multiple drugs onto a dissolvable strip, a microneedle patch, or another type of dosing device.

Harness the Power of Creativity in Health Care

Harness the Power of Creativity in Health Care

Steven Pritzker PhD, coeditor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity, discusses how physicians can utilize creativity in health care.

FDA Permits Marketing of First Mobile App for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

FDA Permits Marketing of First Mobile App for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The FDA has permitted marketing of the first mobile app designed to help treat substance use disorders, including alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and stimulant medications, but not opioids.

Should You Be Proactively Encouraging Patients to Leave Online Reviews of Your Practice?

Should You Be Proactively Encouraging Patients to Leave Online Reviews of Your Practice?

Up to 65% of patients form an opinion on a doctor within reading 1 to 6 reviews. Should doctors be proactive in asking patients for feedback?

Binge Watching TV Disrupts Sleep By Increasing Cognitive Arousal Functions

Binge Watching TV Disrupts Sleep By Increasing Cognitive Arousal Functions

A large portion of adults who binge watch television believe it leads to poor sleep, and new research backs this up.

Embracing the "Wow!" Factor to Improve Patient Care

Embracing the "Wow!" Factor to Improve Patient Care

A physician shares how embracing natural curiosity may help us find new ways to deal with old problems.

Please Don't Film Me: Smartphones in the Emergency Room

Please Don't Film Me: Smartphones in the Emergency Room

A physician shares her insights on patients filming in the emergency room, and hospital policies that prevent patients from filming without permission.

Five Uses for Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Five Uses for Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Virtual reality has become much more than just a new form of entertainment; it is increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications.

Safety and Acceptability of Inactivated Flu Vaccine Delivered by Microneedle Patch

Safety and Acceptability of Inactivated Flu Vaccine Delivered by Microneedle Patch

Microneedle patches used for the influenza vaccine are tolerated just as well as using a needle and syringe.

Should Access to External Resources Be Allowed During Certification Examinations?

Should Access to External Resources Be Allowed During Certification Examinations?

A study sought to identify what effect access to electronic resources would have on medical certification exam performance.

Would Device-Specific ICD-9 Codes Shed Light on Safety?

Would Device-Specific ICD-9 Codes Shed Light on Safety?

The current post-approval process also does not provide the FDA with a picture of how often a device is used, but having device-specific ICD codes would change that.

Medical Malware: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients

Medical Malware: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients

No strategies are perfect for completely protecting hospital systems from ransomware attacks, but following best practices is key for prevention and protection.

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