Data breaches are major operational disruptors that cost companies millions of dollars—and healthcare ends up getting hit the hardest.
July 12, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Gene editing can sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a new technique may allow scientists to remove harmful genes from white blood cells and replace them with more beneficial material. The development carries the potential to open new avenues to treat conditions from HIV and lupus to cancer.
July 12, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
Nurx—a San Francisco-based telemedicine firm that provides birth-control services—announced Chelsea Clinton will join its board of directors. The startup, launched in 2014, recently raised $36 million in Series B funding in hopes of developing a comprehensive reproductive health platform.
July 11, 2018 | Interoperability
A custom-built computer, dubbed SpiNNaker, which mimics the brain’s neural networks, is helping researchers learn more about conditions including epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
July 11, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
Mobile phones, wearables and computers have become nearly indispensable tools in managing health. Now, Petrics, a pet health technology, hopes its latest app will improve the health of our furry friends.
July 11, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
Whether dealing with a runny nose or more serious medical conditions, people often turn to the internet as a primary resource for information. But online assistance can extend beyond Googling symptoms. Online communities can provide support and information to those dealing with long-term conditions, according to a study published online July 11 the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
July 10, 2018 | Interoperability
Wearables are widely known to count steps—but some people are counting on the devices to monitor their heart rate while using drugs. They count on wearables to determine the physical impact of the substance and they should continue using.
July 10, 2018 | Clinical Practice
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are partnering to extend veterans’ access to clinical trials of novel cancer treatments, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) news release.
July 10, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence
Guerbet announced Tuesday, July 10, that it has signed an exclusive agreement to collaborate with IBM Watson Health and develop artificial intelligence (AI) software solutions that help detect, diagnose and treat liver cancer.
July 09, 2018 | EHR & EMR
The University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine will begin a complete overhaul of its electronic health record (EHR) system—and it’s not going to be cheap. The school’s finance committee approved $180 million to replace existing Cerner and Epic systems with a single integrated platform.
July 06, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
Government regulation can’t keep up with innovation in healthcare technology, especially when dealing with mobile medical applications—and those in charge of developing regulatory framework know it, according to top officials at the FDA in a July 2 viewpoint in JAMA.
July 05, 2018 | Interoperability
The American Medical Association recognized three startups as winners in its AMA Healthcare Interoperability and Innovation Challenge. The contest awarded $50,000 in Google Cloud credits to three companies with proposals to best use patient-generated health data to improve care and reduce inefficiencies in workflows.
July 05, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Higher occupancy rates in hospitals don’t necessarily mean more infections. Rather, a facility can have the highest risk for Clostridium difficile infections when capacity was in a Goldilocks zone—not too full, not too empty—between 25 and 75 percent, according to new research from the University of Michigan and RAND Corporation.
July 05, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Researchers have developed a method to separate circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood samples, enabling “liquid biopsies” that can help diagnosis, prognosis and suggestions for treatment. The technique can separate CTCs from a 7.5-mL vial of blood with at least 86 percent efficiency in less than an hour.
July 03, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
CMS announced a new proposal for home health agencies to receive reimbursement for remote patient monitoring—a first for Medicare/Medicaid patients. In a July 2 release, the agency outlined larger plans to update home health prospective payment rates.
July 03, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence
An artificial intelligence (AI) system defeated a team of 15 doctors, 2-0, in two rounds of a competition that looked at the ability to diagnose brain tumors and predict the expansion of brain hematomas.
July 03, 2018 | Clinical Practice
For many experiencing heart attack, heart failure is an inevitability. But scientists are hoping to rewrite that story—by using stem cells to help restore heart function after myocardial infarction.
July 02, 2018 | EHR & EMR
Lloyd B. Minor, the dead of Stanford University School of Medicine, equated problems harnessing the positives of EHR with the microscope. It took 70 years for that game-changing tool to lead to scientific breakthroughs—a delay that might have to do as much with the user as the instrument itself.
July 02, 2018 | EHR & EMR
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is about to undergo a massive, $16 billion revamp of its electronic health record (EHR) system. A month after a $10 million deal with Cerner was finalized, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) released a report that found the VA spent $3 billion on EHR support between 2015 and 2017.
June 28, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
A mobile diabetes management application did not result in better blood glucose control, but it could be a useful tool in self-management. Findings were published June 26 in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.
June 28, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
Zipnosis, providers of virtual care software, has been certified by Surescripts to add medication history services to its virtual care platform.
June 27, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Osso VR, a virtual reality surgical training platform, has partnered with American medical residency programs to offer student a new way to train for surgery.
June 27, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
A self-management diabetes program was able to reduce healthcare costs by $800, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
June 26, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
Medtronic and IBM Watson Health have announced the launch of an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered diabetes assistant application Sugar.IQ.
June 26, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
The Senate health committee has announced a series of hearings addressing how healthcare systems can reduce costs in America.