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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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Analyzing tweets could help identify public health trends for influenza, depression

Tweeting could one day be used by public health officials to predict the spread of influenza in populations. Research, published in EPJ Data Science, conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, outlined how future public health workers could utilize social media to identify trends of influenza or other health issues.

Libertana Home Health, Orbita team up to offer voice software care assistants

Orbita, providers of voice-first software, and Libertana Home Health, a California-based health and housing waiver management company, have teamed up to develop a home care system that uses Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant technology.

Hospital evaluation tool IDs patients with poor outcomes

A study published in Liver Transplantation examined a common tool used in everyday evaluations and its efficiency in predicting patients in need of additional support after a liver transplant.

Cash incentives get patients into doctor’s office

Cash incentives improve the rate of low-income adults making an initial appointment when they become newly covered by a primary care program, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

AUM Cardiovascular receives FDA clearance for diagnostic ECG system

AUM Cardiovascular has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its non-invasive acoustic and ECG device. The CADence device uses recorded sounds from a patient's heart and proprietary algorithms to evaluate cardiovascular health.

Practicing on 3D-printed models cuts surgery time, costs

Practicing before a surgery, especially for procedures on children, helps reduce surgery time and costs. In a study published in the Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons have utilized 3D printing to help surgeons train for a common hip disorder in children 9 to 16 that cuts surgery times by 25 percent.

Patients more interested in hospital websites, mobile usage, mini clinics

A recent NRC Health "2016 U.S. Healthcare Consumer Insights" report examined online ratings and reviews on hospital websites from patients.

IBM, University of Alberta develop AI capable of predicting schizophrenia

Researchers at IBM and the University of Alberta have developed artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms capable of predicting schizophrenia with 74 percent accuracy.

Competition for pediatric medical devices offers $50,000 in prizes

The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) has announced a competition to develop new technology for pediatric care. The competition will award up to six prizes of $50,000 for innovative medical devices.

10 steps to improving patient care with technology

Technology has become integral to providing high quality care, yet many healthcare organizations struggle with utilizing their technology in the most effective way. A recent list created by SCI Solutions, providers of patient care management technology, featured 10 checkpoints of success to help organizations improve care.

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