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Jan 13, 2017

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Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR

When Deona Duke woke up from a medically-induced coma to begin recovering from burns that covered almost a third of her body, one of her treatments was hurling snowballs at penguins. The 13-year-old was set on fire when a bonfire exploded on her and her friend. To prevent infection, burn victims...

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Oct 19, 2016

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What the senior and aging care industry wants from digital health innovators

There’s no getting around it: we’re all getting older. Nearly 100 million people in the United States are over the age of 50, and those over the age of 65 make up the biggest, most expensive user group of healthcare.

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Sep 29, 2016

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Hard to swallow? Tiny robot will perform surgery inside you

Swallowing a robot is normally cause for a trip to an emergency room to get that Transformer out of your 3-year-old. But instead of fishing this tiny robot out of your stomach, doctors are having you swallow it – on purpose.

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Sharing personal health information can never be risk-free, but it can be low-risk

The growing use of electronic medical records, electronic insurance claims, and other medical software systems is generating massive volumes of personal health information. While the primary purpose of capturing this information is to provide patient care, researchers have a voracious appetite for...

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As hospitals go digital, human stories get left behind

The official reason for my patient’s visit, according to her electronic medical chart, was fatigue, though that was far from her only concern.  In the exam room, this usually upbeat woman had a sad tale to tell. Several months earlier, a close relative fell seriously ill and my patient, elderly and...

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Medical Providers Try Uber, Lyft For Patients With Few Transportation Options

Edith Stowe, 83, waited patiently on a recent afternoon at the bus stop outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. It’s become routine for her, but that doesn’t make it any easier.  Stowe, who lives about five miles from the hospital, comes into the medical center twice...

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Federal Officials Seek To Stop Social Media Abuse Of Nursing Home Residents

Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media.

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Jul 13, 2016

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Uber, tech company team up to get patients to appointments

A Nashville health care technology company is teaming with Uber to offer patients the chance to schedule a ride to the doctor's office as a way to reduce the number of no-show appointments.

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Jul 1, 2016

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How can hospitals improve patient satisfaction? By engaging their employees

For years, hospitals earned high (or low) ratings based almost entirely on the medical care they delivered. That’s changed, thanks to formal tools like the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey and reviews posted on Yelpand social media. Today, providing a...

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Jun 23, 2016

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Google aims to stop terrifying you with its responses when you search medical symptoms

Even if you’re not a hypochondriac by nature, jumping on Google to do some research when you have a mysterious headache or cough has been enough to make you one. For years, both patients and doctors have complained about how hard it is to distinguish between real advice and the random ramblings of...

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