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Online ratings of physicians do not accurately represent quality or value of care, according ot a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Over-treating patients means wasted resources and increased exposure to harm for individuals. In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers surveyed physicians on causes, prevalence and consequences of over-treatment.

Treating opioid addiction by combining primary care and addiction treatment leads to higher rates of drug abstinence, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Accessing medical information over the internet can be helpful to quickly gain tips in keeping healthy—but it's unknown how often these searches lead to one purchasing online prescriptions. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing examined rates of pregnant women who search online for medication advice and purchase prescriptions.

Reducing the amount of avoidable emergency department (ED) visits could save healthcare organizations money while also improving patient health. A study in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care examined the types of avoidable ED visits to provide policymakers with data to help limit unnecessary ED visits.

 

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VR games reduce stress, anxiety in pediatric patients

Virtual reality (VR) technology has replaced anesthesia for pediatric patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, who have implemented distraction medicine to reduce pain and anxiety.

AI detects melanoma in earliest stages

Researchers from the University of Waterloo and the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto have developed machine learning software capable of detecting melanoma skin cancer. This early detection method aims to provide tools necessary to catch and treat skin cancer in its early and most treatable stages.

What attendees want from vendors at AHIMA 17

An expanded vendor hall is one of the draws for repeat attendees at this year’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference, being held in Los Angeles from Oct. 7-11. Attendees are expecting to find “anything that makes their job easier,” according to group’s vice president of health information management (HIM) practice excellence, Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS.

Harvard Health, Outcome Health partner with aim to improve digital care

Harvard Health Publications (HHP) and Outcome Health have joined forces to bring Harvard Medical School (HMS)’s insight to 40,000 waiting and exam rooms through Outcome Health’s digital platform.

Innovations for the improvement of patient identification

Maintaining accurate patient records is key to providing high quality care without errors, yet many of the electronic records stored by healthcare organizations cannot be transferred from one hospital to another. A study published in the Journal of AHIMA examined innovations to improving real-time patient identification and record matching to ensure accurate records.

Frequent messaging improves diabetes management

Communication between patients and providers through secure patient portals offers an extension of care. A study published in Diabetes Care showed patients with diabetes using secure messaging for medical advice have improved levels of management.

Noninvasive eye scan detects Alzheimer's through plaque in retina

A noninvasive eye scan, developed by neuroscience investigators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, detects Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms arise by analyzing the amyloid-beta deposits in the retina. The study, published in JCI Insight, outlined how the scan improves current detection methods with high accuracy.

Machine learning algorithm outperforms tests in diagnosing early Alzheimer's

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s in its early stages is key to providing patients with proper delaying or preventive drugs. A new study, published in Scientific Reports, explains how a machine learning algorithm could be used to predict the onset of the disease.

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.

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