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Current online patient portals do not present test information in an easily understandable context for the majority of patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published a study in Preventive Medicine that examined social media as an effective route in generating awareness about skin cancer.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found patients admitted to the hospital are less likely to be readmitted in 30 days if they report higher levels of satisfaction in care and communication with providers, according to a study published in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Utilizing normothermic machine perfusion technology could increase the number of available donor kidneys, according to a study published in the British Journal of Surgery.

Researchers from Stanford University have developed an algorithm capable of predicting patients’ three to 12-month mortality rate, according to a study published in arXiv.

 

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75% of medication alert overrides pose harm to patients

Alert fatigue for physicians has the potential to cause negative outcomes—but so does overriding those alerts. In a study published in Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, researchers evaluate the effects of overriding clinical decision support alerts.

ChartWise appoints Steven Mason as president, COO

ChartWise Medical Systems,providers of computer-assisted clinical documentation improvement (CACDI) software, has announced Steven Mason as its president and COO.

Social media research data often lacks ethical guidelines, need recommendations

Researchers often collect social media data without the user's consent, which may stray outside ethical guidelines, according to a study published in Research Ethics.

VA could save $1.6B by balancing patient-provider ratio

According to a new study from Lightning Bolt, providers of automated physician scheduling, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could save $1.6 billion annually if the organization could balance patient and physician volumes.

Machine learning IDs tweets marketing, selling opioids

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have developed a machine learning tool to sort through Twitter to identify tweets illegally selling prescription opioids online, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Patients prefer face-to-face interactions with physicians to a digital meeting

According to a study to be presented at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, patients prefer physicians communicate with them face-to-face with a notepad rather than being on the computer.

Two studies address alarm fatigue in ICU

Alarm fatigue within the intensive care unit (ICU) can negatively impact patient safety and lead to life-threatening events. Researchers from Harlem Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center, both in New York, aimed to identify solutions fight such fatigue.

Robot-assisted nephrectomy could increase costs, procedure time

Robot-assisted surgery may be worthwhile for certain procedures, but the helping hand could extend operating times and increase costs of traditional procedures, according to a study published in JAMA.

YouTube videos fall short in educating patients about influenza

Watching videos is a fun and easy way to learn about something new—and healthcare professionals are taking advantage of platforms like YouTube to educate patients. In a study published in Chest, researchers evaluated the educational quality of seasonal influenza videos on YouTube.

Personalized human-robot interactions could improve patient engagement

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel have identified patient preferences in the development of human-robot interactions. According to the study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, patient preferences could improve robotic utilization in rehabilitation.

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