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FDA Clears Patient Controller Platform for Stimwave's Neuromodulation Device

FDA Clears Patient Controller Platform for Stimwave's Neuromodulation Device

The new software enables patients to fine-tune the power level and modify programs that were pre-programmed by their clinician to control pain.

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

The KardiaBand allows patients to collect an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading using their Apple Watch.

An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

The "deep learning" approach to artificial intelligence allows computers to perform diagnostic tasks with accuracy comparable to that of trained medical professionals.

E-Visit Adoption Increases Office Visits, Healthcare Use in Primary Care

E-Visit Adoption Increases Office Visits, Healthcare Use in Primary Care

Electronic medical visits (e-visits) trigger additional clinic visits, rather than serving as an office visit substitute.

Striking a Balance Between Opioid Surveillance and Patient Privacy

Striking a Balance Between Opioid Surveillance and Patient Privacy

Big data has enabled public health authorities to identify doctor-shopping patients and those who needed treatment for opioid abuse. The trade-off, however, could be patient and provider privacy.

FDA: Medtronic Update Addresses Cybersecurity Issue With CIED Programmers

FDA: Medtronic Update Addresses Cybersecurity Issue With CIED Programmers

The vulnerability is associated with using an internet connection to update software between the Medtronic CareLink and CareLink Encore Programmers (models 2090 and 29901) and the Medtronic Software Distribution Network (SDN).

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

The role of mHealth technologies, including smartphone applications and wearable sensors that enable real-time health monitoring, has become more prevalent within the last decade.

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

Farris K. Timimi, MD, and Lee Aase from the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network shared their views on the role of social media in physician practice.

Handheld Device Inspired by Star Trek May Allow Rapid Diagnosis

Handheld Device Inspired by Star Trek May Allow Rapid Diagnosis

A device inspired by the Star Trek famous tricorder device pairs a handheld sensor with a smartphone app to measure the levels of various metabolites associated with multiple diseases in fluid samples from patients.

Smartphone-Based Psychoeducational Programs May Be Effective for Bipolar Disorder Management

Smartphone-Based Psychoeducational Programs May Be Effective for Bipolar Disorder Management

This research supports the efficacy of smartphone-based educational programs in the management of bipolar disorder.

Heart to Heart: Cardiologists React to Apple Watch Series 4 Heart Monitoring Features

Heart to Heart: Cardiologists React to Apple Watch Series 4 Heart Monitoring Features

Apple's newest Series 4 Watch now comes complete with new health features that American Heart Association President Ivor Benjamin, MD, has called "game changing."

Promising Results for "Serious" Video Game Physician Training in Improving Trauma Triage

Promising Results for "Serious" Video Game Physician Training in Improving Trauma Triage

"Serious" video game training interventions may improve physician performance during trauma triage.

Some Clinicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use

Some Clinicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use

A considerable proportion of clinicians and patients report having recorded a clinic visit for the patient's personal use.

Clinicians Raise Concerns About "Precision" Public Health in the Era of Genomics

Clinicians Raise Concerns About "Precision" Public Health in the Era of Genomics

Although the trend of "precision public health" promises to change the landscape of the public health field, concerns surrounding the scientific, practical, and ethical implications have cast a shadow over the innovation.

Nomophobia: The Modern-Day Pathology

Nomophobia: The Modern-Day Pathology

People are increasingly finding themselves dependent on their mobile phones, and separating themselves from their devices has been associated with high levels of anxiety, as well as feelings of panic and stress.

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

The most common electronically sent and received types of patient health information include laboratory results and medication lists.

Bioethics Concerns Should Be a Key Element in mHealth Technology Development

Bioethics Concerns Should Be a Key Element in mHealth Technology Development

With the ubiquitous availability of digital technology such as smartphones, smart watches, health-related apps, and patient monitoring devices, the era of mHealth is upon us.

New Apple Watch Includes ECG App, Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Feature

New Apple Watch Includes ECG App, Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Feature

The irregular rhythm notification feature analyzes pulse rate data to identify episodes of irregular heart rhythms.

Four Pros to Integrating EHR, Practice Management Software

Four Pros to Integrating EHR, Practice Management Software

Consolidating electronic health records and practice management software allows practices to save time and money, make fewer mistakes, and reduce the risk of privacy breaches.

Hearing Assessment Test Now Available for At-Home Screening

Hearing Assessment Test Now Available for At-Home Screening

The approval of the test was based on a clinical study which compared the iHEARtest with the WHO method for determining hearing impairment.

Physicians, Consumers Agree on Benefits of Virtual Care

Physicians, Consumers Agree on Benefits of Virtual Care

Physicians and consumers agree on the benefits of virtual care, but physician adoption of virtual care technologies is low.

Mobile-Based Application Shows Benefits for Young Patients With Schizophrenia

Mobile-Based Application Shows Benefits for Young Patients With Schizophrenia

Utilizing technology, such as smart phones, for behavioral interventions may improve mood and motivation in young patients with schizophrenia.

Veta Smart Case, App for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors Now Available

Veta Smart Case, App for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors Now Available

The Smart Case includes electronics and sensors to monitor the proximity, temperature, presence and removal, and expiration of auto-injectors.

HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

With its expansion into the healthcare industry, Amazon has taken one more step towards total domination.

Could "Disruptive" Innovation Improve US Population Health?

Could "Disruptive" Innovation Improve US Population Health?

Partnerships between the healthcare community and the technology sector can strengthen the development of evidence-based, HIPAA-compliant, clinical resources.

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Wearable activity monitors offer oncology care teams an unbiased glimpse into patients' health behaviors and improved reports on performance status.

Small Practices Also at Risk for Data Breaches

Small Practices Also at Risk for Data Breaches

Data breaches can happen to small medical practices, but staff can take steps to prevent them.

Mobile Apps for Rheumatoid Arthritis Require More Comprehensive User Experiences

Mobile Apps for Rheumatoid Arthritis Require More Comprehensive User Experiences

Most mobile apps directed toward individuals with rheumatoid arthritis do not provide a comprehensive experience.

FDA Seeks to Standardize Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

FDA Seeks to Standardize Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

Appropriate and standardized regulation of mobile medical applications may enable faster adoption and integration of these technology platforms in the health care environment

Lowering Default Pill Counts in EMRs May Effectively Reduce Postoperative Opioid Prescription Numbers

Lowering Default Pill Counts in EMRs May Effectively Reduce Postoperative Opioid Prescription Numbers

Lowering the default number of opioid pills prescribed in an electronic medical record system can significantly decrease the amount of opioid medication prescribed after procedures.

Internet Browsing for Cancer Information Emphasizes Visual Appeal Over Accuracy

Internet Browsing for Cancer Information Emphasizes Visual Appeal Over Accuracy

Information patients find online can be a great concern for oncology nurses, especially when a diagnosis has an uncertain prognosis. In this follow-up study, researchers in Boston sought to determine the quality of the online resources patients with cancer, particularly pancreas, are finding.

Prototype Google Glass for Social-Affective Learning May Benefit Children With Autism

Prototype Google Glass for Social-Affective Learning May Benefit Children With Autism

Of the 14 families, 12 reported observing increased eye contact and greater social acuity in the children.

Patient Portals Don't Appear to Have Much Traction

Patient Portals Don't Appear to Have Much Traction

Both anecdotal reports from physicians and some government reports have found that few patients are actually using them.

FDA Approves First Mobile App for Use in Preventing Pregnancy

FDA Approves First Mobile App for Use in Preventing Pregnancy

The algorithm was designed to account for sperm survival, variation in cycle length, ovulation day, temperature fluctuations and the length of the follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle.

AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

A more appropriate term for "artificial intelligence" in medicine would be "augmented intelligence."

Major Barriers to Useful Risk Prediction Must Be Overcome to Reach the Full Potential of Big Data

Major Barriers to Useful Risk Prediction Must Be Overcome to Reach the Full Potential of Big Data

The promise of big data and predictive analytics to provide new predictive models and improve the practice of medicine must overcome 4 major hurdles before it can be considered of clinical value.

Errors in Clinical Notes Generated by Speech Recognition Are Not Uncommon

Errors in Clinical Notes Generated by Speech Recognition Are Not Uncommon

Discharge summaries demonstrated higher mean speech recognition error rates.

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Additional codes have been approved by the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel for chronic care remote physiologic monitoring and internet consultations.

Most Online Reviews for Spine Surgeons Are Surgeon-Dependent

Most Online Reviews for Spine Surgeons Are Surgeon-Dependent

Researchers evaluated patient feedback and satisfaction scores of spine surgeons by using comments from 3 leading physician rating websites.

HerbList App Launched to Provide Information on Herbal Products

HerbList App Launched to Provide Information on Herbal Products

HerbList allows users to access information about the science of more than 50 popular herbs and herbal supplements, including kava, acai, ginkgo, turmeric, and others marketed for health purposes.

Virtual Reality Technology: Transforming Cardiovascular Medicine

Virtual Reality Technology: Transforming Cardiovascular Medicine

Virtual reality technology has been applied in cardiology-related education, preprocedural planning, intraprocedural visualization, and patient rehabilitation.

Smartphone Applications for Depression and Anxiety: Are They Ready for Widespread Use?

Smartphone Applications for Depression and Anxiety: Are They Ready for Widespread Use?

Despite concerns that the digital revolution in psychiatry might lessen the importance of interpersonal relationships between patient and clinician, digital apps have the potential to make the therapeutic alliance even more powerful.

Should You Record Your Patient Encounters? An Interview With James Ryan, DO

Should You Record Your Patient Encounters? An Interview With James Ryan, DO

Patients are increasingly recording physician visits on their phones, should physicians do the same.

Protecting the Privacy of Study Participants in an Era of Ubiquitous GPS Location Tracking

Protecting the Privacy of Study Participants in an Era of Ubiquitous GPS Location Tracking

With the explosion of big data and its use in human biomedical research comes the possibility of unauthorized parties accessing data and potentially re-identifying de-identified personal information.

Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs

Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs

A peer-based education program can improve the efficiency of electronic health record use.

EHR Tools Improve Medication Reconciliation in Hypertension

EHR Tools Improve Medication Reconciliation in Hypertension

Use of electronic health record tools in isolation improves medication reconciliation but does not improve systolic blood pressure among patients with hypertension.

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

As of 2018, fewer than 10% of hospitals are without an electronic health record (EHR) system.

Adoption of EHR Linked to Reduction in Mortality Rates

Adoption of EHR Linked to Reduction in Mortality Rates

Adoption of electronic health records is associated with a reduction in mortality rates in US hospitals.

eCare Plan Set to Improve Physician-Pharmacist Relationship

eCare Plan Set to Improve Physician-Pharmacist Relationship

The Pharmacist eCare Plan is designed to improve communication between pharmacists and physicians by allowing documentation to be available via electronic health records.

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant

Virtual assistant programs like Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa are not yet in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

New Laws Are Needed to Protect Health Data Shared Online

New Laws Are Needed to Protect Health Data Shared Online

People often reveal detailed, sensitive data about their health via new technologies.

Putting Patients in the Physician's Seat: Smartphone Technology Is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

Putting Patients in the Physician's Seat: Smartphone Technology Is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

Apple recently rolled out a new addition to its Health app, granting hundreds of patients access to their medical history.

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

The new policy aims to address concerns that EHRs are negatively impacting students' and residents' relationships with patients.

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

Introduced by the Trump administration in March 2018, the MyHealthEData initiative seeks to broaden patient access to electronic health records and insurance claims information.

IT Solutions for Easier EHRs Save Physicians Time, Burnout

IT Solutions for Easier EHRs Save Physicians Time, Burnout

EHR inefficiencies were making physicians unhappy and adding extra work hours, including bringing home work at night and on weekends.

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Get Treatment via Telemedicine

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Get Treatment via Telemedicine

Results - including the date you were checked and a list of what you were checked for - can be shared by users through text, e-mail or on dating profiles.

Healthcare Technology Affects Younger Patient Satisfaction

Healthcare Technology Affects Younger Patient Satisfaction

Health care communication technology is a determinant of patient satisfaction in younger patients.

Choosing the Right Electronic Adherence Monitoring Device: Clinical Goals Can Dictate Choice

Choosing the Right Electronic Adherence Monitoring Device: Clinical Goals Can Dictate Choice

Many electronic adherence monitoring devices accurately assess medication adherence behavior, but identifying the most suitable device requires careful consideration.

Human Diagnosis Project Aims to Address Challenges Among Uninsured

Human Diagnosis Project Aims to Address Challenges Among Uninsured

The Human Diagnosis Project, also known as Human Dx, aims to provide more accurate, affordable, and accessible care for all.

An Underappreciated Vulnerability: Medical Devices

An Underappreciated Vulnerability: Medical Devices

Hackers' attempts to steal data could lead to malfunction of MRI machines, implantable defibrillators, insulin pumps, and other devices.

#DontFryDay: 12 Million Twitter Impressions Spread Message of Sun Safety

#DontFryDay: 12 Million Twitter Impressions Spread Message of Sun Safety

Social media is an ideal platform to reach teenagers and young adults to encourage sun safety.

Physicians Want Substantial Improvements in EHR Systems

Physicians Want Substantial Improvements in EHR Systems

Over 60% of primary care physicians think that electronic health records have led to improved care.

Allopurinol Medication Adherence Increased With Daily Text Message Reminders

Allopurinol Medication Adherence Increased With Daily Text Message Reminders

Mobile phone text reminders could be an important tool to enhance medication adherence in people with gout.

Facial Morphing Program May Deter Young Adults From Tanning

Facial Morphing Program May Deter Young Adults From Tanning

A facial morphing intervention may reduce skin cancer risk behaviors among young adults, according to a study published in the June issue of Body Image.

Digital Detoxing Linked to Improved Physical and Mental Well-Being

Digital Detoxing Linked to Improved Physical and Mental Well-Being

One suggestion for digital detoxing is to remove any distractions that don't involve work, family, friends, or health, which means muting any extra notifications or alerts.

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Allied health providers had higher median overall satisfaction scores vs physicians who practiced within a specialty.

Telehealth-Delivered Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Care Beneficial for Low Back Pain

Telehealth-Delivered Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Care Beneficial for Low Back Pain

Cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive care psychotherapy, both delivered by nurses over the telephone, may offer comparable benefits for the management of chronic back pain.

Marketing of Genetic Testing for BRCA Mutation Proves Both Promising and Problematic

Marketing of Genetic Testing for BRCA Mutation Proves Both Promising and Problematic

23andMe referred to the FDA decision as a "milestone in consumer health empowerment."

The Role of AI Computer Vision in Patient Care

The Role of AI Computer Vision in Patient Care

Computer vision — the system currently used in Google's self-driving cars — can be applied to the health care industry.

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Any images and personal stories that remind people about skin cancer, what to look for, even scars after surgery, really help save lives.

FDA Approves AI Algorithm That Helps Detect Wrist Fractures

FDA Approves AI Algorithm That Helps Detect Wrist Fractures

OsteoDetect is a computer-aided detection and diagnostic software that uses an algorithm to analyze 2-D wrist radiographs for signs of distal radius fracture.

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

Teledermatology is slightly more expensive but can expedite time to clinical resolution.

Social Media Negatively Affects Body Satisfaction in Women

Social Media Negatively Affects Body Satisfaction in Women

Time spent on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest correlated with higher scores on thin-ideal internalization.

Social Hygiene: Screening for Social Media Addiction in Adolescent Patients

Social Hygiene: Screening for Social Media Addiction in Adolescent Patients

Adolescents love their phones. But what is the downside of this addictive technology?

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

HUMAN LEVEL is a useful mnemonic device that can be used to remember the best practices for using EHRs during patient encounters.

Not Prepared for an In-Flight Medical Emergency? There's an App for That

Not Prepared for an In-Flight Medical Emergency? There's an App for That

Many physicians and healthcare professionals don't have sufficient knowledge of in-flight emergency stabilization or protocols.

Pokémon Go Gameplay Increases Player Well-Being

Pokémon Go Gameplay Increases Player Well-Being

The Pokémon Go smartphone app offers technology that may act as a behavioral activation and exposure tool.

Non-Stigmatizing Messages Boost Mental Health Services Support

Non-Stigmatizing Messages Boost Mental Health Services Support

A non-stigmatizing message about serious mental illness can increase public support for investing in mental health services

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

Physicians outside of the United States are more likely to report satisfaction with electronic health record systems, citing it as a tool that improved efficiency.

Challenges in Defining Normality in Precision Medicine and Big Data

Challenges in Defining Normality in Precision Medicine and Big Data

The definition of "normal" is being debated as precision medicine becomes more common.

Communication Breakdown: Using Social Media in Medicine

Communication Breakdown: Using Social Media in Medicine

Social media has proven to be an important tool across all professional fields, including medicine.

New Clinic Satisfaction Tool Provides Real-Time Feedback

New Clinic Satisfaction Tool Provides Real-Time Feedback

The clinic satisfaction tool was superior in providing immediate feedback to physicians.

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

Although the eConsult system expedites patient access to specialty services, it can lead to increased workload — and subsequent burnout — among physicians.

Net Neutrality Repeal Stands to Disrupt Medical Education, Clinical Training

Net Neutrality Repeal Stands to Disrupt Medical Education, Clinical Training

Following the repeal of net neutrality regulations, public focus has been on consumer internet use, but medical education may also suffer.

Phone App Linked to Improved Psoriasis Treatment Adherence

Phone App Linked to Improved Psoriasis Treatment Adherence

Use of a smartphone app may improve short-term adherence to a cutaneous foam psoriasis treatment.

FDA Approves AI Device to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy

FDA Approves AI Device to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy

The IDx-DR program analyzes images of a patient's retinas to screen for diabetic retinopathy.

Medication Adherence, Blood Pressure Reduction Assessed With Smartphone App Use

Medication Adherence, Blood Pressure Reduction Assessed With Smartphone App Use

While smartphone app use led to increased medication adherence, corresponding drops in systolic blood pressure were not seen.

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

Changes can be implemented to help reduce physician frustration with electronic health records.

Online Physician Reviews Don't Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys

Online Physician Reviews Don't Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys

An improved mechanism for online ratings should be implemented to better inform patients about a physician's reputation.

Risks and Benefits of FDA "Pre-Cert" Program for Medical Software Devices Examined

Risks and Benefits of FDA "Pre-Cert" Program for Medical Software Devices Examined

The FDA Digital Health Software Precertification Program represents a feasible solution to regulate software classified as a medical device.

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

Quality and variability of free-text directions in ambulatory e-prescriptions were examined.

Digital Intervention Can Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Digital Intervention Can Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Mobile technology has increased the rates of colorectal cancer screening.

EHR Usability Contributes to Possible Patient Harm Events

EHR Usability Contributes to Possible Patient Harm Events

Usability challenges were most common during order placement, medication administration, review of results, and documentation.

Surgical Outcomes and Social Media Reviews: When a 5-Star Rating Isn't All It Seems

Surgical Outcomes and Social Media Reviews: When a 5-Star Rating Isn't All It Seems

Customer service is a critical part of every physician's job, but there's a big difference between a Yelp review and a risk-adjusted mortality rate in determining

Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

The practice of texting medical orders is associated with unique and alarming risks, according to new research.

Smartwatch May Be Able to Passively Detect Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch May Be Able to Passively Detect Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch technology can be used to passively detect atrial fibrillation, although slight loss of sensitivity has been noted.

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

While ICD-10-CM may be an improvement on an old process, big data is the revolution that has the potential to change health care forever.

Implications of Mobile Health Device Use for Schizophrenia Research

Implications of Mobile Health Device Use for Schizophrenia Research

Mobile and digital technologies represent a valuable method for gathering real-world patient data at multiple timepoints.

Analgesic Benefits Associated With Using Virtual Reality During Medical Procedures

Analgesic Benefits Associated With Using Virtual Reality During Medical Procedures

Virtual reality can effectively reduce pain, even in patients undergoing particularly painful procedures, such as burn care or physical therapy.

Safety Concerns Linked to E-Prescribing Practices

Safety Concerns Linked to E-Prescribing Practices

While electronic prescribing reduces legibility issues, concerns regarding free-text comments have arisen.

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