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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

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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

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Discharge summaries demonstrated higher mean speech recognition error rates.

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.

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.

FDA Taps Social Media to Identify and Assess Emerging Drug Abuse Threats

FDA Taps Social Media to Identify and Assess Emerging Drug Abuse Threats

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The FDA continues to battle the nation's opioid problem even as it looks to detect and prevent the next threat.

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.

FDA Clears Smartphone-Enabled Urinalysis Kit for Home Use

FDA Clears Smartphone-Enabled Urinalysis Kit for Home Use

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The Dip.io kit works in tandem with existing smartphone cameras and a dedicated app.

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

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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

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

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.

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

Mindfulness-based interventions are proven effective in helping patients with cancer manage distress and other psychological symptoms. In this study, researchers sought to determine if Internet-based MBCT can be as effective as face-to-face interventions.

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

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

New Laws Are Needed to Protect Health Data Shared Online

New Laws Are Needed to Protect Health Data Shared Online

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

Patient Interest Fairly High for Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

Patient Interest Fairly High for Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

There is moderately high interest in genetic testing for melanoma risk among the general population.

Social Media and Adolescents: What Are the Health Risks?

Social Media and Adolescents: What Are the Health Risks?

Primary care providers should screen for depression and other health-related risks associated with the use of social media by adolescents.

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.

Handheld, Wireless Ultrasound Device SONON 300L Now Available

Handheld, Wireless Ultrasound Device SONON 300L Now Available

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The device is indicated for ultrasound echo imaging, measurement, and analysis of the human body for general clinical applications including musculoskeletal, vascular, small parts (breast, thyroid), and lung imaging.

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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