Technology

One-Step Drug Test Cup Gains FDA Clearance for OTC Use

By August 16, 2017

The FDA's marketing clearance applies to 13 commonly abused drugs; there are multiple cut-off options available for certain drugs.

Non-Invasive ECG Device Gets FDA Clearance

By August 09, 2017

Clinical data from the Turbulence study (n=1,807) showed CADence had comparable performance to a SPECT nuclear stress test in excluding obstructive CAD in patients with chest pain and risk factors.

Scientists Correct Disease-Causing Gene Mutation in Human Embryos

By August 02, 2017

Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) the researchers worked with healthy donated human oocytes and sperm carrying the genetic mutation that causes cardiomyopathy.

Patients Who Read Visit Notes Report Greater Engagement

July 26, 2017

Patients value confirming and remembering next steps, quicker access and results, sharing information

AMA: Physician Online Presence Important but Exercise Caution

July 06, 2017

Speakers in educational session urge caution in online behavior

Clinicians Urged to Take Care with Electronic Messages to Patients

June 30, 2017

Sensitive information should be discussed in person or over the phone

From Treatment to Training: 5 Uses of Virtual Reality in Healthcare

June 27, 2017

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

Intensive Use of Hand-Held Devices May Up Carpal Tunnel Risk

June 26, 2017

The researchers found that intensive electronics users had significantly more discomfort, and more severe discomfort, in their wrist and hand.

Is Telemedicine Viable for Long-Term Treatment of Headaches?

June 15, 2017

The study findings suggest that telemedicine may be valuable for headache sufferers who want to see a specialist without extra hassle or inconvenience, he said.

Non-Invasive Device Effective in Patients with Refractory Migraine

By June 12, 2017

Results showed that after three months, the use of Cefaly was associated with a statistically significant, albeit small, reduction in the number of headache days.

Diagnostic Patch Effectively IDs Sleep Apnea

By June 05, 2017

This lightweight skin-adhesive diagnostic patch is able to record nasal pressure, blood oxygen saturation, pulse, respiratory effort, sleep time, and body position.

Text Messaging App Helps Monitor Endocrine Tx Adherence, Side Effects

May 31, 2017

Most patients with breast cancer taking endocrine therapy report intervention helpful in taking drugs

Technology May Benefit Patient-Clinician Information Exchange

May 30, 2017

Use of technology makes appointments more productive, helps patients engage in the decision

New AMA E-Learning Module Aides Physicians in Maintaining Boundaries

May 26, 2017

The module evaluates relevant ethical guidance, presents ethical dilemmas, and then questions users on their response. The module provides follow-up answers and detailed explanations.

Researchers Look to Restore Fertility with 3-D Printed Ovaries

May 17, 2017

"This is the first study that demonstrates that scaffold architecture makes a difference in follicle survival," said one of the lead researchers Dr. Ramille Shah.

Hackers Increasingly Targeting Hospitals with Ransomware

May 15, 2017

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles was the target of a ransomware attack in February 2016.

Virtual Human Simulation Teaches Future Docs Communication Skills

By April 27, 2017

'MPathic-VR', developed by Medical Cyberworlds, facilitates a real time conversation with emotive and reactive virtual humans. The technology is able to examine body language, facial expression and communication strategies.

Wearable Devices Growing but Data Collection Remains a Challenge

April 24, 2017

Data from wearables do not always flow into electronic health record (EHR) systems, or do not appear in a format that physicians can use.

Medication Error Rates Examined for Electronic Drug Administration App

April 20, 2017

The researchers observed a decrease in the rate of medication errors overall, from 48.0 to 36.9% (P<0.05), post-administration of the app.

Potential Benefits, Risks of OpenNotes Discussed

April 19, 2017

Benefits include improved patient engagement, while risks include avoidance of writing candidly

Young Docs May Be Posting 'Unprofessional Content' to Social Media, Says Study

April 18, 2017

One post showed X-rays where a patient's name was visible; others gave enough details that the patient could be identified - like describing complications that happened during surgery on a specific date.

Experimental Device Helps Paralyzed Man Feed Himself

March 29, 2017

Researchers utilized functional electric stimulation intracortical brain-computer interface system

Mini Personalized Reproductive System Called 'Revolutionary'

By March 29, 2017

What makes the technology ground-breaking is how it creates a dynamic culture in which organs communicate with each other as opposed to being static in a dish.

Neuralink Aims to Merge Computers with the Human Brain

By March 29, 2017

Mr. Musk is calling the brain implant 'neural lace', and in addition to possibly giving humans artificial intelligence, it may also be used to improve memory function.

Implantable Artificial Retina in the Works

By March 29, 2017

The finished product is still some way off being consumer-ready, but when complete it could restore sight to millions of people with degenerative eye diseases.

Virtual Glucose Service May Improve Outcomes Among Inpatients

March 28, 2017

The researchers observed a 39% decrease in the proportion of hyperglycemic patients, from 6.6 to 4.0 per 100 patient-days in the pre-vGMS to the vGMS period.

Smartphone App Can Measure Male Fertility with 98% Accuracy

By March 23, 2017

All current home use fertility devices measure sperm concentration only but not motility

Telehealth Presents New Utilization Opportunities But at What Cost?

March 23, 2017

Eighty-eight percent of telehealth visits for ARI were new utilization; increase in net spending per user.

Medical Device Recalls Assessed for Judgement Bias

March 06, 2017

The characteristics of the signal in user feedback of adverse events associated with medical devices and the situated context of decision makers correlate with judgement bias in reacting to these adverse events.

Clinicians Beware: Cyberattacks Are Becoming More Sophisticated

February 24, 2017

Processes, technology should be boosted against cyberthreats, which are becoming more sophisticated