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Should You Record Your Patient Encounters? An Interview With James Ryan, DO

Should You Record Your Patient Encounters? An Interview With James Ryan, DO

Patients are increasingly recording physician visits on their phones, should physicians do the same.

Protecting the Privacy of Study Participants in an Era of Ubiquitous GPS Location Tracking

Protecting the Privacy of Study Participants in an Era of Ubiquitous GPS Location Tracking

With the explosion of big data and its use in human biomedical research comes the possibility of unauthorized parties accessing data and potentially re-identifying de-identified personal information.

Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs

Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs

A peer-based education program can improve the efficiency of electronic health record use.

EHR Tools Improve Medication Reconciliation in Hypertension

EHR Tools Improve Medication Reconciliation in Hypertension

Use of electronic health record tools in isolation improves medication reconciliation but does not improve systolic blood pressure among patients with hypertension.

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

As of 2018, fewer than 10% of hospitals are without an electronic health record (EHR) system.

Adoption of EHR Linked to Reduction in Mortality Rates

Adoption of EHR Linked to Reduction in Mortality Rates

Adoption of electronic health records is associated with a reduction in mortality rates in US hospitals.

eCare Plan Set to Improve Physician-Pharmacist Relationship

eCare Plan Set to Improve Physician-Pharmacist Relationship

The Pharmacist eCare Plan is designed to improve communication between pharmacists and physicians by allowing documentation to be available via electronic health records.

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant

Virtual assistant programs like Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa are not yet in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

New Laws Are Needed to Protect Health Data Shared Online

New Laws Are Needed to Protect Health Data Shared Online

People often reveal detailed, sensitive data about their health via new technologies.

Putting Patients in the Physician's Seat: Smartphone Technology Is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

Putting Patients in the Physician's Seat: Smartphone Technology Is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

Apple recently rolled out a new addition to its Health app, granting hundreds of patients access to their medical history.

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

The new policy aims to address concerns that EHRs are negatively impacting students' and residents' relationships with patients.

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

Introduced by the Trump administration in March 2018, the MyHealthEData initiative seeks to broaden patient access to electronic health records and insurance claims information.

IT Solutions for Easier EHRs Save Physicians Time, Burnout

IT Solutions for Easier EHRs Save Physicians Time, Burnout

EHR inefficiencies were making physicians unhappy and adding extra work hours, including bringing home work at night and on weekends.

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Get Treatment via Telemedicine

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Get Treatment via Telemedicine

Results - including the date you were checked and a list of what you were checked for - can be shared by users through text, e-mail or on dating profiles.

Healthcare Technology Affects Younger Patient Satisfaction

Healthcare Technology Affects Younger Patient Satisfaction

Health care communication technology is a determinant of patient satisfaction in younger patients.

Choosing the Right Electronic Adherence Monitoring Device: Clinical Goals Can Dictate Choice

Choosing the Right Electronic Adherence Monitoring Device: Clinical Goals Can Dictate Choice

Many electronic adherence monitoring devices accurately assess medication adherence behavior, but identifying the most suitable device requires careful consideration.

Human Diagnosis Project Aims to Address Challenges Among Uninsured

Human Diagnosis Project Aims to Address Challenges Among Uninsured

The Human Diagnosis Project, also known as Human Dx, aims to provide more accurate, affordable, and accessible care for all.

An Underappreciated Vulnerability: Medical Devices

An Underappreciated Vulnerability: Medical Devices

Hackers' attempts to steal data could lead to malfunction of MRI machines, implantable defibrillators, insulin pumps, and other devices.

#DontFryDay: 12 Million Twitter Impressions Spread Message of Sun Safety

#DontFryDay: 12 Million Twitter Impressions Spread Message of Sun Safety

Social media is an ideal platform to reach teenagers and young adults to encourage sun safety.

Physicians Want Substantial Improvements in EHR Systems

Physicians Want Substantial Improvements in EHR Systems

Over 60% of primary care physicians think that electronic health records have led to improved care.

Allopurinol Medication Adherence Increased With Daily Text Message Reminders

Allopurinol Medication Adherence Increased With Daily Text Message Reminders

Mobile phone text reminders could be an important tool to enhance medication adherence in people with gout.

Facial Morphing Program May Deter Young Adults From Tanning

Facial Morphing Program May Deter Young Adults From Tanning

A facial morphing intervention may reduce skin cancer risk behaviors among young adults, according to a study published in the June issue of Body Image.

Digital Detoxing Linked to Improved Physical and Mental Well-Being

Digital Detoxing Linked to Improved Physical and Mental Well-Being

One suggestion for digital detoxing is to remove any distractions that don't involve work, family, friends, or health, which means muting any extra notifications or alerts.

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Allied health providers had higher median overall satisfaction scores vs physicians who practiced within a specialty.

Telehealth-Delivered Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Care Beneficial for Low Back Pain

Telehealth-Delivered Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Care Beneficial for Low Back Pain

Cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive care psychotherapy, both delivered by nurses over the telephone, may offer comparable benefits for the management of chronic back pain.

Marketing of Genetic Testing for BRCA Mutation Proves Both Promising and Problematic

Marketing of Genetic Testing for BRCA Mutation Proves Both Promising and Problematic

23andMe referred to the FDA decision as a "milestone in consumer health empowerment."

The Role of AI Computer Vision in Patient Care

The Role of AI Computer Vision in Patient Care

Computer vision — the system currently used in Google's self-driving cars — can be applied to the health care industry.

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Any images and personal stories that remind people about skin cancer, what to look for, even scars after surgery, really help save lives.

FDA Approves AI Algorithm That Helps Detect Wrist Fractures

FDA Approves AI Algorithm That Helps Detect Wrist Fractures

OsteoDetect is a computer-aided detection and diagnostic software that uses an algorithm to analyze 2-D wrist radiographs for signs of distal radius fracture.

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

Teledermatology is slightly more expensive but can expedite time to clinical resolution.

Social Media Negatively Affects Body Satisfaction in Women

Social Media Negatively Affects Body Satisfaction in Women

Time spent on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest correlated with higher scores on thin-ideal internalization.

Social Hygiene: Screening for Social Media Addiction in Adolescent Patients

Social Hygiene: Screening for Social Media Addiction in Adolescent Patients

Adolescents love their phones. But what is the downside of this addictive technology?

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

HUMAN LEVEL is a useful mnemonic device that can be used to remember the best practices for using EHRs during patient encounters.

Not Prepared for an In-Flight Medical Emergency? There's an App for That

Not Prepared for an In-Flight Medical Emergency? There's an App for That

Many physicians and healthcare professionals don't have sufficient knowledge of in-flight emergency stabilization or protocols.

Pokémon Go Gameplay Increases Player Well-Being

Pokémon Go Gameplay Increases Player Well-Being

The Pokémon Go smartphone app offers technology that may act as a behavioral activation and exposure tool.

Non-Stigmatizing Messages Boost Mental Health Services Support

Non-Stigmatizing Messages Boost Mental Health Services Support

A non-stigmatizing message about serious mental illness can increase public support for investing in mental health services

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

Physicians outside of the United States are more likely to report satisfaction with electronic health record systems, citing it as a tool that improved efficiency.

Challenges in Defining Normality in Precision Medicine and Big Data

Challenges in Defining Normality in Precision Medicine and Big Data

The definition of "normal" is being debated as precision medicine becomes more common.

Communication Breakdown: Using Social Media in Medicine

Communication Breakdown: Using Social Media in Medicine

Social media has proven to be an important tool across all professional fields, including medicine.

New Clinic Satisfaction Tool Provides Real-Time Feedback

New Clinic Satisfaction Tool Provides Real-Time Feedback

The clinic satisfaction tool was superior in providing immediate feedback to physicians.

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

Although the eConsult system expedites patient access to specialty services, it can lead to increased workload — and subsequent burnout — among physicians.

Net Neutrality Repeal Stands to Disrupt Medical Education, Clinical Training

Net Neutrality Repeal Stands to Disrupt Medical Education, Clinical Training

Following the repeal of net neutrality regulations, public focus has been on consumer internet use, but medical education may also suffer.

Phone App Linked to Improved Psoriasis Treatment Adherence

Phone App Linked to Improved Psoriasis Treatment Adherence

Use of a smartphone app may improve short-term adherence to a cutaneous foam psoriasis treatment.

FDA Approves AI Device to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy

FDA Approves AI Device to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy

The IDx-DR program analyzes images of a patient's retinas to screen for diabetic retinopathy.

Medication Adherence, Blood Pressure Reduction Assessed With Smartphone App Use

Medication Adherence, Blood Pressure Reduction Assessed With Smartphone App Use

While smartphone app use led to increased medication adherence, corresponding drops in systolic blood pressure were not seen.

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

Changes can be implemented to help reduce physician frustration with electronic health records.

Online Physician Reviews Don't Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys

Online Physician Reviews Don't Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys

An improved mechanism for online ratings should be implemented to better inform patients about a physician's reputation.

Risks and Benefits of FDA "Pre-Cert" Program for Medical Software Devices Examined

Risks and Benefits of FDA "Pre-Cert" Program for Medical Software Devices Examined

The FDA Digital Health Software Precertification Program represents a feasible solution to regulate software classified as a medical device.

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

Quality and variability of free-text directions in ambulatory e-prescriptions were examined.

Digital Intervention Can Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Digital Intervention Can Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Mobile technology has increased the rates of colorectal cancer screening.

EHR Usability Contributes to Possible Patient Harm Events

EHR Usability Contributes to Possible Patient Harm Events

Usability challenges were most common during order placement, medication administration, review of results, and documentation.

Surgical Outcomes and Social Media Reviews: When a 5-Star Rating Isn't All It Seems

Surgical Outcomes and Social Media Reviews: When a 5-Star Rating Isn't All It Seems

Customer service is a critical part of every physician's job, but there's a big difference between a Yelp review and a risk-adjusted mortality rate in determining

Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

The practice of texting medical orders is associated with unique and alarming risks, according to new research.

Smartwatch May Be Able to Passively Detect Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch May Be Able to Passively Detect Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch technology can be used to passively detect atrial fibrillation, although slight loss of sensitivity has been noted.

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

While ICD-10-CM may be an improvement on an old process, big data is the revolution that has the potential to change health care forever.

Implications of Mobile Health Device Use for Schizophrenia Research

Implications of Mobile Health Device Use for Schizophrenia Research

Mobile and digital technologies represent a valuable method for gathering real-world patient data at multiple timepoints.

Analgesic Benefits Associated With Using Virtual Reality During Medical Procedures

Analgesic Benefits Associated With Using Virtual Reality During Medical Procedures

Virtual reality can effectively reduce pain, even in patients undergoing particularly painful procedures, such as burn care or physical therapy.

Safety Concerns Linked to E-Prescribing Practices

Safety Concerns Linked to E-Prescribing Practices

While electronic prescribing reduces legibility issues, concerns regarding free-text comments have arisen.

With Uber Health Launch, Ride-Sharing Service Sets Its Sights on Office Visits

With Uber Health Launch, Ride-Sharing Service Sets Its Sights on Office Visits

Uber Health hopes to reduce the frequency of — and revenue loss ¬associated with — missed physician appointments.

Challenges Identified to Ensuring Value-Based Care With EHR Systems

Challenges Identified to Ensuring Value-Based Care With EHR Systems

Electronic health records do not necessarily capture the information needed to report for alternative payment models.

Moving Medicine Into the 21st Century: Are We Entering the Era of the Medical Virtualist?

Moving Medicine Into the 21st Century: Are We Entering the Era of the Medical Virtualist?

If evidence demonstrates that technology improves care outcomes and reduces costs, medical virtuliasts may become an important part of future healthcare delivery.

Evolution in Digital Medicine Targets Rural, Low-Income Communities

Evolution in Digital Medicine Targets Rural, Low-Income Communities

A worldwide shortage of healthcare professionals has been implicated as a key contributor to poor global healthcare access.

Omnicell XR2 Automated Pharmacy System Increases Time Savings for Pharmacists

Omnicell XR2 Automated Pharmacy System Increases Time Savings for Pharmacists

The automated system allows pharmacists to become more engaged in the clinical process.

Changing Expectations: Patients Desire Greater Physician Connectivity

Changing Expectations: Patients Desire Greater Physician Connectivity

Numerous options are available to improve patient-provider connectivity and communication.

Concerns Surround Physician Adoption of Digital Health Information Technologies

Concerns Surround Physician Adoption of Digital Health Information Technologies

Key facilitators of digital health adoption include resources and training, access to accurate data

Critical Medical Imaging Radioisotope To Be Produced in US

Critical Medical Imaging Radioisotope To Be Produced in US

New technology will create a more stable supply chain for radioisotope Technetium-99m, used in medical imaging procedures.

High Patient, Provider Satisfaction With Surgical Wound Monitoring Smartphone App

High Patient, Provider Satisfaction With Surgical Wound Monitoring Smartphone App

Preliminary study results indicate that mobile application use can be effectively used to detect and intervene with wound complications.

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Aims to Reduce Burden of EHR

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Aims to Reduce Burden of EHR

Don Rucker, MD, discussed specific the specific burdens that physicians experience with EHR use.

Electronic Health Records: Is It Time to Uncouple Billing and Documentation Requirements?

Electronic Health Records: Is It Time to Uncouple Billing and Documentation Requirements?

In the age of the EHR, physicians enjoy improved access to patient information and data, but additional regulatory and documentation requirements have impaired how physicians practice medicine.

Improving Patient Encounters While Balancing EHR Tasks

Improving Patient Encounters While Balancing EHR Tasks

Research suggests that the growing number of tasks required by EHRs can compromise patient encounters.

New Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Available for Medicare Patients With Diabetes

New Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Available for Medicare Patients With Diabetes

The FreeStyle Libre system, a new continuous glucose monitoring system, is now available for Medicare patients.

FDA Grants Marketing of First Shock Wave Device for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

FDA Grants Marketing of First Shock Wave Device for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The FDA has granted marketing clearance of the first shock wave device intended to treat diabetic foot ulcers.

How Can We Effectively Utilize Machine Learning Programs in Medicine?

How Can We Effectively Utilize Machine Learning Programs in Medicine?

Machine learning programs are accurate and intelligible, but what are the potential pitfalls of using them in a clinical setting?

Telemedicine Enables Comprehensive Diabetes Foot Ulcer Care

Telemedicine Enables Comprehensive Diabetes Foot Ulcer Care

Researchers assessed the implications of telemedicine for diabetes-related foot care on health professionals through field observation and interviews.

Many Physicians Have Experienced a Cyberattack in Practice

Many Physicians Have Experienced a Cyberattack in Practice

Over 80% of physicians have experienced some form of cybersecurity attack.

Artificial Intelligence May Help Detect Breast Cancer, Diabetic Retinopathy

Artificial Intelligence May Help Detect Breast Cancer, Diabetic Retinopathy

A deep learning algorithm can detect metastases in sections of lymph nodes, and a deep learning system is effective for identifying diabetic retinopathy.

Healthcare Database Studies Support Supplemental Indications of Approved Medications

Healthcare Database Studies Support Supplemental Indications of Approved Medications

Database studies may support supplemental applications for effectiveness for approved medications.

FDA Approves Remote Programming Feature for Cochlear Implant

FDA Approves Remote Programming Feature for Cochlear Implant

The FDA has approved a remote programming feature for the Nucleus Cochlear Implant System through a telemedicine platform.

Mobile Health Apps Becoming More Popular Among Patients and Clinicians

Mobile Health Apps Becoming More Popular Among Patients and Clinicians

Clinicians and patients use this technology to monitor health, behaviors, and treatment outcomes.

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

The FDA has approved a device designed to provide relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms when placed behind the ear.

Web-Based Patient Portals Can Increase Patient Engagement

Web-Based Patient Portals Can Increase Patient Engagement

The benefit of web-based patient portals and mobile applications has yet to be established in current research, but some research has demonstrated its rationale in clinical practice.

Staying One Step Ahead of Medical Information Hackers

Staying One Step Ahead of Medical Information Hackers

According to the Protenus Breach Barometer, which provides a monthly report of disclosed health care breaches, an average of 1 breach occurs every day. The main offender behind these breaches - now accounting for more than half of all reported breaches and 95% of total stolen records - is hackers.

Strategies to Improve Electronic Health Record Usability

Strategies to Improve Electronic Health Record Usability

A discussion was led by panelists with a variety of medical backgrounds and covered issues including the impact of implementation decisions on EHR usability.

FDA Approves Robotically-Assisted Surgical Device for Minimally Invasive Surgery

FDA Approves Robotically-Assisted Surgical Device for Minimally Invasive Surgery

The FDA has approved the Senhance System to help facilitate minimally invasive surgery for adult patients.

High Rate of Sharing Passwords for Medical Records Noted Amongst Staff

High Rate of Sharing Passwords for Medical Records Noted Amongst Staff

The use of unique user IDs and passwords is vital to the defend the privacy of medical data, yet password sharing among medical staff is common.

Paper-Based Records and EHRs Both Have Quality, Structural Problems

Paper-Based Records and EHRs Both Have Quality, Structural Problems

Researchers compared the quality of paper-based and electronic-based health records according to content, documentation process, and structure.

Precise Printing of Drugs May Accelerate Drug Screening, Enable Continuous Manufacturing

Precise Printing of Drugs May Accelerate Drug Screening, Enable Continuous Manufacturing

Researchers at the University of Michigan are working on a new technology that could potentially allow clinicians the ability to print multiple drugs onto a dissolvable strip, a microneedle patch, or another type of dosing device.

Harness the Power of Creativity in Health Care

Harness the Power of Creativity in Health Care

Steven Pritzker PhD, coeditor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity, discusses how physicians can utilize creativity in health care.

Artificial Intelligence Detects Diabetic Retinopathy With High Specificity

Artificial Intelligence Detects Diabetic Retinopathy With High Specificity

Deep neural network or artificial intelligence is able to detect referable diabetic retinopathy from photographs.

FDA Permits Marketing of First Mobile App for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

FDA Permits Marketing of First Mobile App for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The FDA has permitted marketing of the first mobile app designed to help treat substance use disorders, including alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and stimulant medications, but not opioids.

Should You Be Proactively Encouraging Patients to Leave Online Reviews of Your Practice?

Should You Be Proactively Encouraging Patients to Leave Online Reviews of Your Practice?

Up to 65% of patients form an opinion on a doctor within reading 1 to 6 reviews. Should doctors be proactive in asking patients for feedback?

Binge Watching TV Disrupts Sleep By Increasing Cognitive Arousal Functions

Binge Watching TV Disrupts Sleep By Increasing Cognitive Arousal Functions

A large portion of adults who binge watch television believe it leads to poor sleep, and new research backs this up.

Embracing the "Wow!" Factor to Improve Patient Care

Embracing the "Wow!" Factor to Improve Patient Care

A physician shares how embracing natural curiosity may help us find new ways to deal with old problems.

Please Don't Film Me: Smartphones in the Emergency Room

Please Don't Film Me: Smartphones in the Emergency Room

A physician shares her insights on patients filming in the emergency room, and hospital policies that prevent patients from filming without permission.

Five Uses for Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Five Uses for Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Virtual reality has become much more than just a new form of entertainment; it is increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications.

Safety and Acceptability of Inactivated Flu Vaccine Delivered by Microneedle Patch

Safety and Acceptability of Inactivated Flu Vaccine Delivered by Microneedle Patch

Microneedle patches used for the influenza vaccine are tolerated just as well as using a needle and syringe.

Should Access to External Resources Be Allowed During Certification Examinations?

Should Access to External Resources Be Allowed During Certification Examinations?

A study sought to identify what effect access to electronic resources would have on medical certification exam performance.

Would Device-Specific ICD-9 Codes Shed Light on Safety?

Would Device-Specific ICD-9 Codes Shed Light on Safety?

The current post-approval process also does not provide the FDA with a picture of how often a device is used, but having device-specific ICD codes would change that.

Medical Malware: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients

Medical Malware: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients

No strategies are perfect for completely protecting hospital systems from ransomware attacks, but following best practices is key for prevention and protection.

Benefits of Using Video as a Medical Education Resource

Benefits of Using Video as a Medical Education Resource

An endocrinologist gives his insights on the benefits of using video with medical students.

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