An inpatient suicide intervention program, coupled with a personalized app that offers recovery strategies for distressed patients, reduced the rate of attempted suicides by almost half, according to a new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
July 20, 2018 | Interoperability
In a push to improve health IT, CMS has doubled down on its efforts to support secure data sharing and emerging technologies by creating a new chief informatics officer role.
July 19, 2018 | Clinical Practice
A new healthcare application tailored specifically for National Health Service (NHS) patients in the United Kingdom will provide safe, secure access to general practice (GP) records. The free application will be available to everyone in the U.K. in December.
July 19, 2018 | EHR & EMR
Missouri-based Cass Regional Medical Center brought its electronic health record (EHR) system back online after a July 9 ransomware attack. The IT department engaged in a complete shut down for 10 days until it could confirm the threat had been investigated and systems were improved.
July 19, 2018 | Clinical Practice
New research from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) suggests internal medicine residents who visited patient in their homes after hospital visits can better assess needs. The visits also helped them understand the role community services and agencies play in avoiding readmissions.
July 19, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
“Tele-stenting” appears more possible now than ever, as Vascular Robotics announced an interventional cardiologist used its CorPath GRX System to perform a remote percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a pig 100 miles away.
July 19, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
A group of Australian researchers have developed a blood test that can accurately detect melanoma with 79 percent accuracy in its earliest stages. Results of their study were published on July 17 in Onocotarget.
July 19, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
Considering healthcare is often, literally, a matter of life and death, disagreements between patient and physician can escalate. A recent feature in USA Today looked at one case to explore the blurred line between consumer advocacy and online harassment.
July 18, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is proving valuable across the healthcare spectrum—from helping radiologists screen for disease to predicting difficulties during surgery. Researchers now hope the cutting-edge technology could safeguard public health by monitoring large-scale water treatment operations.
July 17, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Researchers examined differences in antibiotic prescribing activity in retail clinics, emergency departments and ambulatory care settings, with results published online July 16 in a research letter in JAMA: Internal Medicine. They found higher prescription rates in urgent care settings, both in all visits and antibiotic-inappropriate respiratory diagnoses.
July 17, 2018 | Mobile & Telehealth
In May, the Cleveland Clinic hired David Flannery, MD, as its director of digital genetics for the Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare—with a specific goal of boosting telegenetic offerings. A pied piper of telemedicine for decades, Flannery believes it can help meet demand and control costs. 
July 17, 2018 | Interoperability
The American Medical Informatics Association announced a new fellow program to recognize leading members in informatics skill and knowledge. The Fellow of AMIA Applied Informatics Recognition Program will foster growth members who have demonstrated leadership in the betterment of the AMIA.
July 16, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
Foxconn made headlines when it announced plans to build a $10 billion plant in Racine County, Wisconsin. Now, the Taiwanese tech giant has sights set on improving healthcare for the 13,000 employees who will work at the facility.
July 16, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Digital Surgery, a London-based health tech startup, unveiled a dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) system designed specifically for the operating room. The reference tool, called a “Google Maps for surgery,” by one of its developers, helps surgeons during complex procedures.
July 16, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Researchers in Australia have developed a pinpointed method of delivering medicine to cancerous cells with nanobubbles that are activated by x-rays. The team published its study online July 13 in Nature Communications.
July 16, 2018 | Analytics & Quality
Unstructured clinical nursing notes, including sentiments of clinicians, can help predict patient outcomes in the ICU, according to a study published in PLOS One.
July 16, 2018 | EHR & EMR
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently named Genevieve Morris, the principal deputy national coordinator for HHS, as the leader of the Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM). The VA announced the decision July 12.
The FDA has issued a voluntary recall of valsartan, due to concerns of an impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known carcinogen, which was found in a batch of the drug manufactured in China. Valsartan is commonly used to control hypertension and heart failure.
July 16, 2018 | Clinical Practice
Colorectal cancer is among the most treatable and preventable diseases, provided it is discovered early on—but screening rates continue to lag, especially among high-risk populations. A team found mailing full screening kits to individuals may improve rates when compared to the usual practice of mailing simple reminders.
July 13, 2018 | Privacy & Security
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.