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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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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.

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.

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