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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.

Allowing patients to write or add notes to their medical health records could keep patients more engaged in their care while also improving relationships with their physicians and reducing physician workload, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

 

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Solera Health, ADA partner to prevent type 2 diabetes

Solera Health, a preventive care benefits manager, has partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to provide at-risk type 2 diabetes patients with access to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Solera4Me, an online platform for diabetes management.

High-tech prosthetic knees could reduce medical cost of a fall

Mayo Clinic researchers found the type of prosthetic knee used in patients has dramatically different effects on medical costs associated with falls, according to a study published in Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

Surgeons complete first 3D-printed titanium and polymer sternum implant

American surgeons have completed the replacement of a patient’s sternum and partial ribcage using a custom 3D-printed titanium and polymer implant. The technology has only been used once before to print a composition sternum and ribcage.

Wellpepper wins $125K, first prize in Amazon Alexa Diabetes Challenge

The Alexa Diabetes Challenge, a competition searching for innovators to develop a type 2 diabetes care platform utilizing the Amazon voice-enabled device, has awarded a grand prize of $125,000 to Wellpepper and its Sugarpod concept. The Challenge was sponsored by Merck & Co., supported by Amazon Web Services and run by Luminary Labs.

TeleHealth Services improve patient engagement with AI virtual health coach

TeleHealth Services have launched iCare Navigator, a platform that uses a virtual health coach, driven by artificial intelligence (AI), to increase patient engagement in the care continuum.

Data governance is on the rise, but still faces barriers

Dimensional Insight, developers of business intelligence solutions, has released a survey on current data governance within hospitals in America. The survey includes responses from CIOs and CMIOs in an overview of current data governance initiatives with an eye toward the future of implementation.

Phone calls more effective to remind people of colon cancer screening

Phone calls are significantly more effective than text messages and letters at reminding patients about cancer screenings, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

28% use internet, mobile apps as primary sources of health information

American consumers are becoming increasingly dependent on technology for self-care, care information and communication with providers, according to a UnitedHealthcare's 2017 Consumer Sentiment Survey.

Google AI has IQ of 47, about that of 1st-grader

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a long way to go before taking on first graders, according to a report published in Annals of Data Science. The report aims to unite AI and human characteristics to improve overall knowledge of AI.

Machine learning can expedite diagnosis of colorectal cancer

A machine learning tool could help physicians in predicting the onset of colorectal cancer as much as a year before the cancer progresses, according to a study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 

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