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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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Predictive tool helps physicians address recurrence of parathyroid cancer

Predicting a cancer recurrence, especially rare forms such as parathyroid cancer, is a patient's best bet for early treatment and improved outcomes. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, tested a prognosis tool's ability to predict the recurrence of parathyroid cancer.

Virtual patients teach physicians empathy

Delivering bad news is a stressful, sensitive task for physicians. Researchers from Medical Cyberworlds and the University of Michigan have developed a virtual patient system to educate physicians on improving empathetic skills, with findings published in Patient Education and Counseling.

Artificial intelligence 96% accurate in detecting tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the top global causes of death due to a lack of screening in remote areas with limited access to radiologists. A recent study published in Radiology discussed how researchers have utilized artificial intelligence (AI) to identify TB on chest x-rays.

Combining 3D printing, special effects helps make surgical practice perfect

Practicing complex surgical procedures on cadavers can be expensive. In an article in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, researchers outlined an improved method of practice for surgeons by combining 3D printing with special effects.

Respiratory point-of-care testing reduces length of stay, limits antibiotic use

Respiratory virus infections commonly lead to hospital admissions, costing health systems time and resources. A recent study, published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, examined how point-of-care testing (POCT) for respiratory infections can reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and length of stay while improving detection and treatment.

Simulation improves parent knowledge of central line care in pediatric cancer patients

Central line infections in pediatric cancer patients pose life-threatening risks. A study, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, reviewed how providing parents with simulation training can help prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

Augmented reality helps surgeons, students see a bigger picture

Leica Microsystems, developers of microscopes capable of viewing microstructures and nanostructures, has introduced its augmented reality imaging technologies for surgical microscopes at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting 2017. The GLOW800 supports surgeons in making decisions and teaching students on complex neurosurgical procedures.

3D model helps surgeons plan a complex spinal treatment

In complex surgical cases, planning ahead could mean the difference between success and failure. A recent study in Neuromodulation utilized 3D models as a way of allowing surgeons to practice on a patient with a previously untreated spinal condition.

Experian Health, MyHealthDirect streamline workflows with patients scheduling appointments

Experian Health, providers of revenue cycle management systems, has launched Patient Schedule, powered by MyHealthDirect, that aims to improve healthcare workflow via patient self-service appointment scheduling.

Personalized workouts can help prevent heart disease

Personalized medicine can improve a patient's condition—and now a recent study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, showed how workouts designed for individuals can prevent heart disease.

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