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A Fitbit Saved His Life? Well, Maybe

Wearing a Fitbit?  If so, you already know that electronic fitness trackers can let you keep records on your smartphone of how many steps you've walked, how much you've slept, maybe your heart rate, or even where you've been.  But what can the gadget tell your doctor? A few things that are pretty...

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Posted:
Jan 25, 2016

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Emily S

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This ambulance drone can carry two people out of dangerous situations

When it comes to military conflicts, drones are best known for killing. But the AirMule is built for saving lives, and it recently completed its first successful flight. The autonomous vehicle, built by the Israeli company Tactical Robotics, serves as an airborne ambulance. The unmanned craft,...

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Doctors and Hospitals Need to Talk More. This App Can Help.

AS AN INTERN fresh out of medical school at Columbia University, Joe Mayer says one of the most frustrating tasks in the ER was spending hours trying to track down a patient’s primary care physician. It was tedious, yes. But more than that, it was just one more obstacle to making a decision about...

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Posted:
May 18, 2015

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Deirdre

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Paramedics Steer Non-Emergency Patients Away From ERs

Paramedic Ryan Ramsdell pulled up to a single-story house not far from Reno’s towering hotels and casinos in a nondescript Ford Explorer. No ambulance, no flashing lights. He wasn’t there to rush 68-year-old Earl Mayes to the emergency room. His job was to keep Mayes out of the ER.

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May 12, 2015

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Deirdre

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How to Solve the E.R. Problem

Back in 2009, a big selling point of health care reform was the idea that expanding insurance coverage would increase Americans’ access to preventive and primary care and decrease the unnecessary use of emergency rooms, saving billions.

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Posted:
Apr 29, 2015

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Deirdre

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How Tech Firms Are Helping People In The Nepal Earthquake Zone

The feeling that tech giants such as Facebook and Google know exactly where we are and what we're doing can be uncomfortable. Targeted advertisements or suggestions based on our location can feel like an invasion of privacy. But the collection of our digital data has an upside in certain...

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