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Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, have introduced a bill to expand access to rural telehealth services. The “Reaching Underserved Rural Areas to Lead on Telehealth Act," or RURAL, would allow non-rural hospitals severing rural areas to qualify for support from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF).

Wearable technology makes keeping up with a healthy life by providing information on cardiac health, tracking illnesses and even emergency alerts. While most users of wearables are younger, researchers believe the technology could reach its full potential for elderly patients who could benefit the most from the multiple uses of the device. In an article published in Ergonomics in Design, researchers outline the framework for personalizing the wearable experience for older patients.

Advising patients on decision making with input based on evidence should be the minimum for primary care physicians but according to a new BMJ study, only 18 percent of clinical recommendations are based on high-quality evidence.

Medical alarms may be necessary for hospital staff, but they also keep patients awake. Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have developed a wearable capable of silencing audible medical alarms to improve outcomes of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Handheld electronic devices like smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of people’s lives but the cons of constantly holding onto these devices is unknown.