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How ‘digitizing you and me’ could revolutionize medicine. At least in theory

There’s a whole lot of hype around precision medicine.  Proponents — up to and including President Barack Obama — predict a revolution that will bring us medical treatments as precisely tailored as a bespoke suit: Drug doses adjusted to your genome. Chemotherapy customized to your tumor’s DNA....

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Putting Telemedicine Behind Bars

Dr. Vinh Pham treats dozens of patients from New York City's Rikers Island jail complex with hepatitis C and other infectious diseases. He knows their frustration with the process of accessing specialist care—and its quality.Inmates can spend six to eight hours shackled in holding pens and sitting...

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Oct 21, 2016

Emily S


To Get Doctors to Do the Right Thing, Try Comparing Them to Their Peers

Can an electronic nudge help doctors do the right thing when it comes to patient care?  Health-care providers are exploring how electronic record keeping and digital communication can be used to influence doctors on a wide range of actions, including following up on worrisome test results, making a...

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How Technology Can Deliver Broad Improvements in Health Care

As director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the University of California, Davis, Kenneth W. Kizer brings plenty of experience in the use of technology to help manage large populations.  A physician by training who is board-certified in several specialties, Dr. Kizer was...

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Doctors less satisfied, more burned out with electronic records

Most doctors who use electronic health records and order entry software tend to be less satisfied with how much time they spend on clerical tasks and are at higher risk of burnout than others, according to a new study.

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New Jersey doctor creates online patient resource to improve end-of-life care

A New Jersey doctor has created a new tool to help patients and doctors fill out POLST forms. That's short for Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. Without it, Dr. David Barile said, patients at the end stages of life may get too much of the wrong kind of care. Health care can be...

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Office Chatter: Your Doctor Will See You In This Telemedicine Kiosk

On the day abdominal pain and nausea struck Jessica Christianson at the office, she discovered how far telemedicine has come.  Rushing to a large kiosk in the lobby of the Palm Beach County School District’s administrative building where she works, Christianson, 29, consulted a nurse practitioner...

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R2D2’s Next Assignment: Hospital Orderly

Meet the Tugs — a team of 27 robots now zooming around the hallways of the new University of California-San Francisco hospital at Mission Bay. They look a bit like R2D2, dragging a platform around behind them. Instead of drones, think of them more as little flatbed trucks, ferrying carts of stuff...

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Why Doctors Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Online Reviews

What is excellent health care? In medicine we’ve long operated under the mantra “doctor knows best.” Physicians sleep comfortably at night knowing they have competently performed a surgery or drawn on their medical knowledge to make life-saving diagnostic and treatment decisions.

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Can Google's DeepMind Help Fix A Broken Health Care System?

Google wants to put its artificial intelligence technology to use in top hospitals. Earlier this week, the search giant announced it would work with the U.K.'s National Health Service, or NHS, to alert staff to patients at risk of serious complications due to kidney failure.

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