One hospital in Missouri is looking to genomics technology to save newborns, according to an article in MIT Technology Review.
In one instance, using rapid DNA sequencing and analysis, doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City were able to identify the genetic mutation keeping a baby girl from eating and growing, one of two dozen critically ill infants whose genomes have been scrutinized by doctors Continue reading →
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and members of Congress are at odds over whether software should be regulated as a medical device.
Both sides of the argument were made at a hearing held Nov. 19 by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health which examined federal regulation of mobile medical apps and other health software. Continue reading →
Hear, hear to Craig Wax, DO’s thoughts. (“ACA: It’s not what the doctor (or voters) ordered,” August 25, 2013.) Government-owned healthcare only works to the point that catastrophic injuries are covered, but for the day-to-day patients that we see, it doesn’t work.
Sentara Healthcare in Chesapeake, Va., announced a two percent readmission rate for patients in its remote monitoring program, compared to a 15 percent readmission rate for the hospital at large.Continue reading →
Patients who use an interactive computer program about depression before a doctor visit are significantly more likely to ask for information about the condition and receive treatment, according to a new study by the University of California-Davis, Medical News Today reports.
At the U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow conference, experts discuss the potential of telemedicine and what it means for the future.
Virtual consultations with distant specialists, high-tech monitoring without having to leave home, and less-expensive patient care options are among the many reasons that the hospital industry is embracing telehealth technologies. Continue reading →
Emory CCU study edges closer to predictive medicine
Doctors at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta are using health IT to combine complex streams of data collected by multiple machines used in critical care into a single report they hope will provide a comprehensive picture of a patient’s condition, Continue reading →
If many flout coverage mandate, it could impact hospitals
The Internal Revenue Service will likely have little recourse to obtain tax penalties from those Americans who violate the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by not getting health insurance next year, USA Todayreported. Continue reading →
Internet searches could help FDA and pharmaceutical companies discover previously unknown harmful prescription drug interactions, according to researchers at Microsoft Research Labs and Stanford University, CNBC reports.
Providers override about half of the alerts they receive when using electronic prescribing systems, according to a new study that also finds only about half of those overrides are medically appropriate. Continue reading →
For the last six years, military personnel who have sustained severe facial and other injuries have had access to some of the nation’s best plastic and reconstructive surgeons while receiving ongoing care at home through telemedicine. The program, called Operation Mend, initially focused on secondary facial reconstruction of severely burned soldiers, who often must undergo dozens of surgeries.Continue reading →