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.
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.