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

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

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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.

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?

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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

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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

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

With Uber Health Launch, Ride-Sharing Service Sets Its Sights on Office Visits

With Uber Health Launch, Ride-Sharing Service Sets Its Sights on Office Visits

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Uber Health hopes to reduce the frequency of — and revenue loss ¬associated with — missed physician appointments.

Challenges Identified to Ensuring Value-Based Care With EHR Systems

Challenges Identified to Ensuring Value-Based Care With EHR Systems

Electronic health records do not necessarily capture the information needed to report for alternative payment models.

Moving Medicine Into the 21st Century: Are We Entering the Era of the Medical Virtualist?

Moving Medicine Into the 21st Century: Are We Entering the Era of the Medical Virtualist?

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If evidence demonstrates that technology improves care outcomes and reduces costs, medical virtuliasts may become an important part of future healthcare delivery.

Evolution in Digital Medicine Targets Rural, Low-Income Communities

Evolution in Digital Medicine Targets Rural, Low-Income Communities

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A worldwide shortage of healthcare professionals has been implicated as a key contributor to poor global healthcare access.

Promises, Challenges of Digital Medication Adherence Monitoring Revealed

Promises, Challenges of Digital Medication Adherence Monitoring Revealed

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Abilify MyCite sends messages to a removable patch to track patient medication adherence.

Omnicell XR2 Automated Pharmacy System Increases Time Savings for Pharmacists

Omnicell XR2 Automated Pharmacy System Increases Time Savings for Pharmacists

The automated system allows pharmacists to become more engaged in the clinical process.

Changing Expectations: Patients Desire Greater Physician Connectivity

Changing Expectations: Patients Desire Greater Physician Connectivity

Numerous options are available to improve patient-provider connectivity and communication.

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.

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