Blockchain technology can be useful in radiological practices because its capabilities to distribute and store medical images are similar to picture archiving and communication systems, radiologists Morgan McBee and Chad Wilcox wrote in an article in the Journal of Digital Imaging. McBee and Wilcox cited four areas where blockchain technology can be used: monitoring of medical devices, improving artificial intelligence tools, sharing of medical images and enhancing research capabilities.
Louisville, Ky.-based Baptist Healthcare System intends to spend $1 billion over the next five to 10 years to modernize its hospitals and physician practices and to build multispecialty ambulatory health centers. Virtual care and telemedicine will supplement care at bricks-and-mortar facilities, says CEO Gerard Colman.
Improving technical service and account support could boost satisfaction among users of EHRs and other health IT, a Black Book Research survey found. Eighty-four percent of the 2,448 EHR and HIT users polled by Black Book expressed dissatisfaction with the technical support they receive, 90% said they would switch vendors if they find one offering a better user experience, and most want the vendor -- not a third party -- to provide support.
Stitches Acute Care Center received a $62,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to open telemedicine clinics in rural areas of Wyoming where patients can connect with primary care providers at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy.
Stakeholders including the Mayo Clinic, Regeneron, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance and the Advanced Medical Technology Association asked the FDA to clarify certain aspects of draft guidance released in September on clinical decision support software. MITA and AdvaMed suggested creating a flowchart or other visual aid; the Mayo Clinic and others asked for clarification on the difference between "inform" and "drive"; and Regeneron asked whether the guidance applies to software used in clinical trials to support clinical decisions.
The patient experience is shaped not only by health care providers, but also by informal caregivers who help organize appointments, provide assistance with daily tasks and alleviate feelings of fear and isolation. Rajiv Mehta, a former NASA scientist, developed a three-step process for patients to map their connections with people, pets, professionals and places important to their care, and the resulting atlas can help health care providers support patients and their caregivers, writes Lidia Schapira, director of cancer survivorship at the Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Institute.
Millennials are more likely than other generations of American adults to believe at least some false claims about vaccines' risks, underestimate the dangers posed by influenza and skip flu vaccines, according to research by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Eighty-six percent of millennials polled answered at least one question about the flu incorrectly, 31% got all the answers wrong, and about 61% who are familiar with the anti-vaccination movement said they agree with some of the rhetoric.
Analytic tools that use EHR data, claims data or both had similar power in predicting hospitalizations over a six-month period, researchers reported in the American Journal of Managed Care. "Although our results suggest some utility to combining EHR and claims data to inform predictive model creation, we find that even in scenarios in which only EHR or claims data are available, strong performance can be achieved provided that a diverse collection of variable types is represented," researchers wrote.
Mojo Vision has revealed a smart contact lens with a tiny built-in display that lets users view augmented reality images in their field of vision. Designed like a regular contact lens, it is also being developed as an assistive tool for visual impairments such as glaucoma and night blindness, and it has received breakthrough designation from the FDA.
GoodRx co-founder Stephen Buck worked with technology expert Omar Mehmood and oncologists to develop the Cancer Survival Rates website to make it easier for people with cancer and their families to find information about cancer prognoses. "We want this to be a conversation starter, for someone to take this information and ask their physician, 'What do you think about my prognosis?' " Buck said.
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