Technology

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous healthcare visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017.

First-in-Human Telerobotic Surgery Successful

First-in-Human Telerobotic Surgery Successful

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The first telerobotic percutaneous coronary intervention was conducted using CorPath telerobotic technology.

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Larger practice size is an important correlate of telemedicine use.

HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

Healthcare providers, practice managers, and hospitals have reported challenges with EHR system designs.

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

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It's easy for patients to seek out information that backs up their beliefs and dismiss other sources as "fake news."

Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

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With the proliferation of online medical information, educators and students alike struggle to discern the legitimacy of "e-health" sources.

Limiting Social Media May Improve Psychological Well-Being

Limiting Social Media May Improve Psychological Well-Being

Limiting social media use to 30 minutes per day may lead to significant improvement in well-being.

Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

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Clinicians have a responsibility to engage in initiatives that improve the quality of health information available online.

Smartphone App Improves Management of Cancer-Related Pain, Anxiety

Smartphone App Improves Management of Cancer-Related Pain, Anxiety

Artificial intelligence and mobile technology combined in a smartphone app demonstrated an ability to accurately measure and respond to urgency of patients' pain.

Increased Use of Electronic Health Records Linked With Heightened Risk for Health Data Breaches

Increased Use of Electronic Health Records Linked With Heightened Risk for Health Data Breaches

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Rates of health information breaches are increasing despite legal and moral obligations to protect patient information.

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

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By 2030, robots will likely replace 800 million workers. Will physicians make the cut?

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

The patient-facing PREPARE advance care planning program plus an easy-to-read advance directive significantly increases documentation of advance care planning and patient-reported engagement.

Enough Is Enough? When Health Metrics Shift From Useful to Too Much

Enough Is Enough? When Health Metrics Shift From Useful to Too Much

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When is enough enough when it comes to health metrics?

Online Patient Reviews of EDs and Urgent Care Centers Inform Care Delivery

Online Patient Reviews of EDs and Urgent Care Centers Inform Care Delivery

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Publicly available online ratings of emergency departments and urgent care centers provide important insights for health systems.

Technological Breakthroughs in Medicine Move Physician-Patient Interactions From The Computer Screen Back to the Exam Room

Technological Breakthroughs in Medicine Move Physician-Patient Interactions From The Computer Screen Back to the Exam Room

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While technological breakthroughs have had positive effects in the corporate world, they have led to exacerbated physician burnout in the medical field.

FDA Launches MyStudies Mobile App in Effort to Increase Access to Real World Patient Data

FDA Launches MyStudies Mobile App in Effort to Increase Access to Real World Patient Data

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The FDA has launched the MyStudies App, a mobile application aimed at supporting the collection of "real world" data and evidence for medical use.

Exploring the Benefits of Virtual Reality Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis

Exploring the Benefits of Virtual Reality Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis

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Future studies on VR training for MS should include large randomized controlled trials using clear protocols and comparable between-group tasks.

Security and Privacy Risks Linked to Wearable Healthcare Devices

Security and Privacy Risks Linked to Wearable Healthcare Devices

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While wearable technology can provide substantial patient benefit, these devices carry significant privacy and security risks.

FDA Clears Patient Controller Platform for Stimwave's Neuromodulation Device

FDA Clears Patient Controller Platform for Stimwave's Neuromodulation Device

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

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

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The 23andMe Personal Genome Service Pharmacogenetic Reports test can detect 33 variants for multiple genes, corresponding to more than 50 commonly prescribed medications and over-the-counter products.

Artificial Womb Technology Can Be A Game Changer for Preterm Infants — If Clinical Hurdles Are Cleared

Artificial Womb Technology Can Be A Game Changer for Preterm Infants — If Clinical Hurdles Are Cleared

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The clinical application of artificial womb technology in humans is still unclear.

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

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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

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

Exploring the Effect of Data on Precision Medicine Research

Exploring the Effect of Data on Precision Medicine Research

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Electronic health records can offer information on social and behavioral data, which can aid research investigating genetic and social factors across health disparities.

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

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

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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

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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

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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.

Implementing EMRs Affects Time Spent With Patients in Clinic

Implementing EMRs Affects Time Spent With Patients in Clinic

Following a six-month learning period to implement an electronic medical record system, outpatient orthopedic clinics return to pre-implementation efficiency, but there may be other lasting effects on productivity.

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Medical practices can take steps to avoid problems related to use of social media by staff members.

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