How Rural Pediatricians Create Effective Telemedicine Systems

ru2Telehealth is helping pediatricians in rural areas increase access to subspecialty care, and they’re finding ways to optimize the tools and create effective systems.

Researchers examined the experiences and preferences pediatricians have when it comes to use of telemedicine, Continue reading

The Mind-Altering Effects of Chocolate

29757955_mNeed to do something important this afternoon?  Don’t take any chances – eat chocolate first.

According to researchers from Northern Arizona University, brain scans show dark chocolate boosts attention and alertness so you perform better.

In a study published in Continue reading

Study: Pregnant Women Aren’t Getting Enough Omega-3

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The majority of pregnant and breastfeeding women do not get recommended amounts of omega-3 fats

Only 27 percent of pregnant women are getting recommended amounts of the omega-3 fat DHA Continue reading

Study: Virtual Health Care Visits Cost Less Than In-Office Care

virtualVirtual health care visits are associated with lower costs than traditional in-office visits and could result in Medicare savings, according to a study released Friday by the Alliance for Connected Care, Modern Healthcare reports (Tahir, Modern Healthcare, 12/12). Continue reading

Senior Execs Increasingly more Hands-On in Medical Stop-Loss Decisions: Study

xxxAs high-cost medical claims continue to rise among employers that self-insure their group health benefits, the number of senior executives, financial officers and risk managers involving themselves in their company’s decisions Continue reading

Study: Telemedicine Could Save Employers $6B Annually

6.5Telemedicine could generate more than $6 billion annually in health care savings for U.S. companies, according to a new report from global analytics firm Towers Watson, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation & Technology, 8/11).

The report’s findings are based on Tower Watson’s 2014 Health Care Changes Ahead Survey of U.S. employers with at least 1,000 employees Continue reading

Study: Most U.S. Hospitals Not Participating in Health Data Exchanges

hdeThe majority of hospitals in the U.S. do not participate in health information exchanges, and there is substantial variation in participation rates among states, according to a new study published in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, Health Data Management reports.

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Waiting for Healthcare’s Amazon

amazonMany startups and companies from other industries have physicians, hospitals, insurers and medtech manufacturers in their sights, betting that they can offer better services at cheaper prices for Continue reading

Unvaccinated Children Less Prone to Disease: Study

chilA little-known study out of that was published back in 1992 makes a strong case for the fact that unvaccinated children are generally healthier and less prone to disease than vaccinated children. Contrary to what is popularly assumed about vaccines — that they protect kids by building immunity that otherwise Continue reading

Study: 7 Different Federal Definitions of Telehealth

hisFederal efforts to define and advance telehealth are certainly a work in progress as nationwide and state-based laws are developed. A new study in Telemedicine and e-Health explores seven unique definitions of telehealth in current use across the U.S. government.

The definitions were found by Continue reading

Dramatic Increase in Kidney Disease in the US and Abroad Linked To Roundup (Glyphosate) ‘Weedkiller’

global_kidney_disease_roundup(2)Last month, we reported on a mysterious global epidemic of fatal kidney disease, focusing on a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health1 that laid down evidence showing the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) is responsible for an epidemic of kidney-related deaths Continue reading

Study: Telemedicine in Nursing Homes Cuts Hospitalizations, Costs

elderNursing homes that offer after-hours telemedicine services to their residents significantly reduce hospitalization rates, which could save Medicare hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports. Continue reading

Study: Majority of Physicians Use EHRs, but ‘Digital Divide’ Remains

EHR2Primary care physicians’ adoption of electronic health records increased significantly  between 2009 and 2012, but there continues to be a “digital divide” between large and small physician practices, according to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund, FierceHealthIT reports. Continue reading

Spirulina May Help Elderly Patients with Anemia and Immunological Dysfunction

Elderly folks suffering from anemia or age-related immune system deterioration could see dramatic improvements with regular supplementation of spirulina, a blue-green freshwater algae with an extensive track record of health promotion and disease mitigation. Researchers from the Division of Rheumatology, Continue reading

Midwives Improve Pregnancy Care and Birth Outcomes: Study

midwifeThey often get looked down upon by conventional OB/GYNs, family physicians and other mainstream doctors, but midwives may actually be better equipped to safely deliver babies than the labor and delivery staff at your average hospital. This is according to a new review recently published in The Cochrane Library, which found that mothers who choose a midwife as their primary care provider throughout pregnancy are more likely Continue reading