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Improvement in Influenza Vaccination Rates With Combination Patient Portal Messaging, Interactive Phone Calls

Improvement in Influenza Vaccination Rates With Combination Patient Portal Messaging, Interactive Phone Calls

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Patient portal and voice call notifications resulted in a "small but significant" improvement in vaccination rates.

Concerns Surround Physician Adoption of Digital Health Information Technologies

Concerns Surround Physician Adoption of Digital Health Information Technologies

Key facilitators of digital health adoption include resources and training, access to accurate data

Critical Medical Imaging Radioisotope To Be Produced in US

Critical Medical Imaging Radioisotope To Be Produced in US

New technology will create a more stable supply chain for radioisotope Technetium-99m, used in medical imaging procedures.

Guiding Opioid Prescribing Behavior in the Emergency Department: EMR-Based Interventions

Guiding Opioid Prescribing Behavior in the Emergency Department: EMR-Based Interventions

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An electronic "nudge" provided by electronic medical records may decrease the percentage of prescriptions written for more than 10 opioid tablets.

High Patient, Provider Satisfaction With Surgical Wound Monitoring Smartphone App

High Patient, Provider Satisfaction With Surgical Wound Monitoring Smartphone App

Preliminary study results indicate that mobile application use can be effectively used to detect and intervene with wound complications.

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Aims to Reduce Burden of EHR

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Aims to Reduce Burden of EHR

Don Rucker, MD, discussed specific the specific burdens that physicians experience with EHR use.

Electronic Health Records: Is It Time to Uncouple Billing and Documentation Requirements?

Electronic Health Records: Is It Time to Uncouple Billing and Documentation Requirements?

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In the age of the EHR, physicians enjoy improved access to patient information and data, but additional regulatory and documentation requirements have impaired how physicians practice medicine.

Priorities for Telehealth Research: Changing the Physician-Patient Relationship

Priorities for Telehealth Research: Changing the Physician-Patient Relationship

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Additional studies are needed to assess the use of telehealth in urgent and primary care triage, teledermatology, and the management of serious pediatric conditions.

Improving Patient Encounters While Balancing EHR Tasks

Improving Patient Encounters While Balancing EHR Tasks

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Research suggests that the growing number of tasks required by EHRs can compromise patient encounters.

New Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Available for Medicare Patients With Diabetes

New Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Available for Medicare Patients With Diabetes

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The FreeStyle Libre system, a new continuous glucose monitoring system, is now available for Medicare patients.

Experts Recommend 7 Web-Based Tools and Mobile Apps to Reduce Physician Burnout, Stress

Experts Recommend 7 Web-Based Tools and Mobile Apps to Reduce Physician Burnout, Stress

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Researchers recommend 7 online tools and mobile apps to help healthcare professionals reduce stress, burnout, depression and suicidal behaviors.

FDA Grants Marketing of First Shock Wave Device for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

FDA Grants Marketing of First Shock Wave Device for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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The FDA has granted marketing clearance of the first shock wave device intended to treat diabetic foot ulcers.

Are Clinicians Too Reliant on Computerized Decision Support Systems?

Are Clinicians Too Reliant on Computerized Decision Support Systems?

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Some might argue that using decision support systems might compromise the organic decision-making process.

How Can We Effectively Utilize Machine Learning Programs in Medicine?

How Can We Effectively Utilize Machine Learning Programs in Medicine?

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Machine learning programs are accurate and intelligible, but what are the potential pitfalls of using them in a clinical setting?

Telemedicine Enables Comprehensive Diabetes Foot Ulcer Care

Telemedicine Enables Comprehensive Diabetes Foot Ulcer Care

Researchers assessed the implications of telemedicine for diabetes-related foot care on health professionals through field observation and interviews.

Many Physicians Have Experienced a Cyberattack in Practice

Many Physicians Have Experienced a Cyberattack in Practice

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Over 80% of physicians have experienced some form of cybersecurity attack.

Artificial Intelligence May Help Detect Breast Cancer, Diabetic Retinopathy

Artificial Intelligence May Help Detect Breast Cancer, Diabetic Retinopathy

A deep learning algorithm can detect metastases in sections of lymph nodes, and a deep learning system is effective for identifying diabetic retinopathy.

Healthcare Database Studies Support Supplemental Indications of Approved Medications

Healthcare Database Studies Support Supplemental Indications of Approved Medications

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Database studies may support supplemental applications for effectiveness for approved medications.

FDA Approves Remote Programming Feature for Cochlear Implant

FDA Approves Remote Programming Feature for Cochlear Implant

The FDA has approved a remote programming feature for the Nucleus Cochlear Implant System through a telemedicine platform.

Mobile Health Apps Becoming More Popular Among Patients and Clinicians

Mobile Health Apps Becoming More Popular Among Patients and Clinicians

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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

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

FDA Approves First Drug in US With Digital Ingestion Tracking System

FDA Approves First Drug in US With Digital Ingestion Tracking System

Abilify MyCite consists of aripiprazole tablets with an embedded sensor in each that sends a message to a wearable patch when the medication been taken.

Web-Based Patient Portals Can Increase Patient Engagement

Web-Based Patient Portals Can Increase Patient Engagement

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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?

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