Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefits management company in the United States with annual revenue of $100 billion, looks like it’s trying to diversify its business offerings. In an interview with Reuters, Steve Miller, chief medical officer of Express Scripts, confirmed the organization is in negotiations with biotechnology companies to exclusively distribute hemophilia therapies.
For about a decade, scientists have struggled to find an inexpensive, practical alternative to microfluidic probes. Following an experiment by a New York University research team, a new avenue may available to researchers.
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests a physician's intuition—or, in other words, gut feeling—about a patient’s condition significantly influences the amount of diagnostic imaging, which is well above the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI).
Advanced imaging techniques have shown great potential in improving diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. But a recent study of patients undergoing breast augmentation surgery showed 3D image simulation did not improve satisfaction post-procedure, though most patients preferred the use of the imaging technique.
As the saying goes, You can’t always believe what you hear. But when it comes to patients self-reporting health care utilization, just how accurate can people be? A study, published July 30 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, examined patients’ abilities to recall complications in the 90 days after orthopedic procedures through an automated online patient engagement survey.
Memories aren’t the perfect carbon copies of reality many people believe them to be. One person’s interpretation of an event could be quite different from another participant. Researchers hoped to limit communication breakdowns between nurses and physicians by recording video of interactions, so the participants could review and critique them.
A blood test administered within 12 hours of a suspected traumatic brain injury (TBI) could help clinicians identify injuries like hemorrhage and contusion before having to resort to CT imaging, according to the preliminary results of a study published this week in the Lancet Neurology.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax that was implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act. The House voted 283 to 132, with 57 Democrats joining Republicans.
HIPAA—passed 22 years ago to improve information security, control costs and reduce administrative burdens—faces daily challenges with increasing cybersecurity attacks and data breaches. But what about personal information that is not covered by this law? A physician can’t tell an advertiser about someone’s diabetes, for example—but what about social media posts, credit card purchases and publicly available information?
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.
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.
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.
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.