Technology

Hospitals Becoming Targets of Ransomware Attacks Nationwide

Hospitals Becoming Targets of Ransomware Attacks Nationwide

Medical information have become a vulnerable target for those planning ransomware attacks.

Parent Trust in Physicians' Diagnosis Lowers With Internet Information Exposure

Parent Trust in Physicians' Diagnosis Lowers With Internet Information Exposure

Computer-generated diagnoses may mislead patients or parents, researcher says.

Focus on Medical Device Safety Surveillance Proves Imperative

Focus on Medical Device Safety Surveillance Proves Imperative

The development of new device technologies points to the need for new strategies to monitor their continuing safety and efficacy.

Harm Reduction Initiatives Successful With EHR Documentation

Harm Reduction Initiatives Successful With EHR Documentation

EHR-based initiatives were linked to more than 30% reductions in harm for hospital-acquired infections.

Wearable Devices to Record Health Data on the Rise

Wearable Devices to Record Health Data on the Rise

However, data from wearables doesn't always flow into EHR systems or doesn't appear in usable format.

Young Doctors Urged to Be Mindful of Social Media Behaviors

Young Doctors Urged to Be Mindful of Social Media Behaviors

Investigators found many examples of unprofessional and 'potentially objectionable' behavior online.

AMA Releases Two Internet Tools to Help Educate Patients

AMA Releases Two Internet Tools to Help Educate Patients

These tools provide personalized recommendations for preventive services and diabetes prevention info.

Technology in Medicine: Friend or Foe?

Technology in Medicine: Friend or Foe?

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Today's voice-recognition capability, especially for medical providers, is phenomenal.

Telehealth Increases Access and Spending for Acute Respiratory Illness

Telehealth Increases Access and Spending for Acute Respiratory Illness

Eighty-eight percent of telehealth visits for ARI were new utilization with an increase in net spending per user.

Smartphone App Reduces In-Person Visits Following Breast Reconstruction

Smartphone App Reduces In-Person Visits Following Breast Reconstruction

The number of visits went down, but there was an increase in e-mails to doctors for ambulatory patients undergoing breast reconstruction.

Reducing Wait Times with eConsult Program

Reducing Wait Times with eConsult Program

The eConsult program was rapidly adopted and used by more than 3000 primary care providers by 2015.

How To Protect Your Small Practice From Hackers

How To Protect Your Small Practice From Hackers

Small practices are a target, especially as larger organizations improve their security.

Cyberattacks Becoming Serious Threat to Health Providers

Cyberattacks Becoming Serious Threat to Health Providers

Processes and technology should be boosted against cyberthreats -- which are becoming more sophisticated.

Using Heartbeats As Passwords for Electronic Health Record Access

Using Heartbeats As Passwords for Electronic Health Record Access

Researchers say that a heartbeat could serve as a secure 'password' for patient's electronic medical history.

Heart's Natural Rhythm Replicated with Soft Robotic Sleeve

Heart's Natural Rhythm Replicated with Soft Robotic Sleeve

The device was found to support heart function in a porcine model of acute heart failure.

Teleconferencing with Patients: Is it Worth It?

Teleconferencing with Patients: Is it Worth It?

Patient evaluations performed through teleconferencing may lack the accuracy of a physical exam.

HPV Vaccine Talk on Twitter: A Positive Tone

HPV Vaccine Talk on Twitter: A Positive Tone

Researchers have found that positive messages prevail on Twitter about HPV vaccines.

Pokemon Go Produces Short-Term Boost in Physical Activity

Pokemon Go Produces Short-Term Boost in Physical Activity

This study found that the virtual reality game got adults moving -- but only for a while.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Treat Breast Cancer?

Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Treat Breast Cancer?

The Watson Oncology program agreed with doctors 90% of the time in many cases, researchers find.

Virtual Reality Gaming May Benefit Patients with Phantom Limb Pain

Virtual Reality Gaming May Benefit Patients with Phantom Limb Pain

This study finds that exercising with a virtual limb can reduce pain by as much as 50%.

New Skin Patch Sensors Able to Monitor Body Functions Acoustically

New Skin Patch Sensors Able to Monitor Body Functions Acoustically

This device offers continuous listening and recording of sounds and low-frequency vibrations.

Internet Addiction in College Students May be Linked with Mental Health Problems

Internet Addiction in College Students May be Linked with Mental Health Problems

Researchers suggest that overuse of the internet may possibly be linked to depression, anxiety and impulsivity in college students.

Drones May Be the Key in Effectively Delivering Vaccines to Developing Nations

Drones May Be the Key in Effectively Delivering Vaccines to Developing Nations

According to this study, drones may be a cheaper and more effective way to deliver vaccines in developing nations.

Lung Cancer Patients Shown to Live Longer Using New Smartphone App Prototype

Lung Cancer Patients Shown to Live Longer Using New Smartphone App Prototype

Researchers have developed a new smartphone app for lung cancer patients that can track their symptoms and alert their doctors, increasing longevity.

There's An App For That, Even To Improve Heart Health!

There's An App For That, Even To Improve Heart Health!

This recent study says that smartphone apps can help patients decrease their risk of cardiovascular events by adopting a more healthy lifestyle.

iPad Use Works Just As Well As Sedatives To Calm Children Before Surgery

iPad Use Works Just As Well As Sedatives To Calm Children Before Surgery

According to a presentation at the 2016 WCA conference in Hong Kong, iPads were just as effective as sedatives in calming down children before their surgery.

Nanocarriers May Carry New Hope For Brain Cancer Therapy

Nanocarriers May Carry New Hope For Brain Cancer Therapy

Glioblastoma multiforme, a cancer of the brain also known as "octopus tumors" because of the manner in which the cancer cells extend their tendrils into surrounding tissue, is virtually inoperable, resistant to therapies, and always fatal, usually within 15 months of onset.

Researchers Create Inexpensive, Remarkably Precise 3D Printed Heart

Researchers Create Inexpensive, Remarkably Precise 3D Printed Heart

More than 120,000 people in the United States are currently awaiting organ donation and approximately 6500 people die each year while awaiting organ availability. Although one donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation, that isnt enough to meet the growing need for organs and tissue.

Smart Pills on the Horizon: Can Nootropics Actually Improve Brain Function?

Smart Pills on the Horizon: Can Nootropics Actually Improve Brain Function?

In the movie Limitless, a struggling author with writers block stumbles across a new smart drug called NZT-48. Desperate, he takes the pill and then finds himself extremely productive. He is able to learn and analyze new information at an astonishing rate, recall memories from his distant past, and even write 90 pages of his book in one sitting.

Swipe Left! Surge in Rhode Island STDs Blamed on Dating Apps

Swipe Left! Surge in Rhode Island STDs Blamed on Dating Apps

According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, theres been an alarming spike in cases of sexually transmitted diseases, and it places the blame in part on social media applications such as Tinder and Grindr. From 2013 to 2014, the number of syphilis cases in the state increased 79% and the number of gonorrhea cases 30%, while newly diagnosed cases of HIV increased 33%.

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