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Dave Pearson
Senior Writer
Prior to joining TriMed in 2014, Dave was an independent reporter and copywriter. He has worked in journalism, public relations and marketing for more than 25 years, concentrating on business, healthcare, technology and religion. He has also worked extensively in fundraising communications, freelancing for local, national and international charities.
 - Confused Over Healthcare Costs and Bills

Very few online resources aimed at patients who wish to learn about an emergency radiology exam are comprehensible to most of that intended audience, according to a study published online in Emergency Radiology.

 - PediatricInpatient

Moms and dads armed with tablet computers and portal access to their child’s health information while the child is hospitalized have given the tool a big thumbs-up, according to a study published online June 14 in JAMIA.

It’s one thing to think up and build out a nifty new mobile health app. It can be another altogether to navigate the legal and regulatory waters separating many worthwhile app projects from the relatively few success stories. 

The Dallas Cowboys football franchise is partnering with the biggest not-for-profit healthcare system in the Lone Star State to build and run a hulking sports medicine and research complex with a footprint stretching out over a 300,000-square-foot campus. 

 - radiology

At ProMedica, a 13-hospital system serving northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan, the lineup of clinical departments soon to benefit from leadership’s decision to expand a long-installed radiology PACS into an enterprise VNA practically reads like a who’s who of the entire system. Cardiology, pathology and ophthalmology are on line or in line to be soon. So too are dermatology, wound care, maternal-fetal medicine, outpatient physician practices and more.

 - doctors communicating

If healthcare providers are to succeed in incorporating clinical evidence into both the EHR and daily clinical care, they must adopt nimble decision-support tools that automatically trigger at a critical point in the clinical visit and include recommendations specific to the particular patient being seen. 

 - eraser error

Three weeks after healthcare researchers revealed that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new online toolkit designed to help providers communicate with patients and loved ones when something goes wrong.

Seeking to make it easier for combat veterans living in remote areas to access mental-health services, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opening five “telemental health” hubs.

 - computer

Most patient portals are falling short of their potential to facilitate physician-patient communication and improve clinical outcomes. Yet in many cases the fix may be as basic as increasing interactivity and incorporating personalized messages, according to an analysis running in the May edition of the Journal of Internet Medical Research.

 - Smartphonetogo

A study looking at telehealth diagnosis of skin conditions—a rapidly expanding field thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones—is raising serious concerns about the quality and accuracy of these services, especially in direct-to-consumer (DTC) delivery models.