Technology

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

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

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

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

Association says medical students, residents should undergo training with evaluative feedback.

Quantification of Prevalence, Outcomes of Incidental Imaging Abnormalities

Quantification of Prevalence, Outcomes of Incidental Imaging Abnormalities

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Incidental abnormalities are most frequently observed in computed tomography colonoscopy, computed tomography of the chest, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

Medical virtualist: an effective response to new care challenges

Medical virtualist: an effective response to new care challenges

With the rapid rise in technologic advances and the increase in medical specialties in the last half-century, the creation of the medical virtualist could improve care and outcomes and reduce costs.

Using information technology to tailor diabetes care

Using information technology to tailor diabetes care

A study of one tracking system's effect finds improvement in the management of diabetes.

How to vet mobile health apps for use in practice

How to vet mobile health apps for use in practice

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Health care providers can use the acronym SPPACES to determine what apps are the best for their clinical practice.

What mobile apps are useful for your clinical practice?

What mobile apps are useful for your clinical practice?

Mobile apps have great potential for use in patient-centered care,
 follow-up, and improving health outcomes.

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

Some companies and organizations see the potential of the Apple Watch as a useful device for clinicians in communication with patients and colleagues, plus quick access to patient records.

Hypertension management apps need better regulation

Hypertension management apps need better regulation

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Nearly 14% of Google Play apps used a phone's camera to measure blood pressure without a cuff or proper validation.

Improving EHR interoperability a 'national priority'

Improving EHR interoperability a 'national priority'

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says interoperability necessary to achieve optimal benefits with electronic health records.

Quality measures added to doctor shopping website

Quality measures added to doctor shopping website

Provider-level data on specific health outcomes, such as blood glucose and blood pressure control rates, is now available on Physician Compare.

The meaningful use paradox

The meaningful use paradox

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'Quality indicators' and 'benchmarking' have become buzzwords in many practices, but are efforts truly benefiting patients?

What's new with EHRs?

What's new with EHRs?

Advances are outpacing arrival speed for this potentially lifesaving technology.

Medical Economics compiles top 100 EHR systems

Medical Economics compiles top 100 EHR systems

First time shoppers should ask about how EHR system will handle Meaningful Use 2 requirements if not already certified.

Eye contact affects patient satisfaction

Eye contact affects patient satisfaction

Patients perceive clinicians who make direct eye contact as being more empathetic.

EHRs failing to meet user expectations

EHRs failing to meet user expectations

Poor software performance may trigger many small physician practices to leave vendors.

Google, Apple announce health technology plans

Google, Apple announce health technology plans

Google launches California Life Company to research health and wellness, with Apple chairman as CEO.

Digital technologies offer opportunities to reach underserved

Digital technologies offer opportunities to reach underserved

The majority of low-income patients have access to the Internet and most express interest in receiving health information digitally.

Few met EHR meaningful use criteria in 2012

Few met EHR meaningful use criteria in 2012

Only 1-in-10 physicians surveyed met stage one meaningful use criteria necessary to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments in early 2012.

HHS: 2013 EHR targets met early

HHS: 2013 EHR targets met early

The U.S. has achieved the end-of-2013 goal of implementing EHRs in 50% of doctor offices and 80% of eligible hospitals.

HealthMap identifies online vaccine misinformation in real time

HealthMap identifies online vaccine misinformation in real time

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An automated data collection system enables public health officials to categorize online vaccine information as negative or positive, and by location.

Clinician satisfaction with EHRs down

Clinician satisfaction with EHRs down

Overall, clinicians were less satisfied with the ability of EHRs to improve care and with ease of use in 2012 versus 2010.

Social networks help predict obesity prevalence

Social networks help predict obesity prevalence

Locales on Facebook in which a greater proportion of the population indicated an interest in television correlated with higher obesity prevalence.

Response to patient emails delayed, especially on weekends

Response to patient emails delayed, especially on weekends

Many messages sent via secure electronic message systems at primary care health clinics do not receive a response within 24 hours.

Improving patient engagement with telemedicine

Improving patient engagement with telemedicine

Transitioning telemedicine systems from resource limited settings to widespread use could improve health outcomes in patients with chronic conditions.

Flaws in patient privacy, data security must be addressed

Flaws in patient privacy, data security must be addressed

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Medical identity theft and data security breaches are growing, with thousands of cases reported per year.

Coping with EHR implementation

Coping with EHR implementation

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During the transition to electronic health records patient face time may suffer, despite other benefits.

mHealth apps help promote safe sex among teens

mHealth apps help promote safe sex among teens

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When patients use their smartphone in the exam room use it as an opportunity to discuss health-promoting apps.

EHRs: It will get better!

EHRs: It will get better!

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One day health-care providers will wonder how we could have possibly ever gotten by without EHRs.

Including pictures in EHRs reduces errors

Including pictures in EHRs reduces errors

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Including a patient photograph on a verification screen in electronic health records could help prevent clinicians from placing incorrect orders.

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