Technology

Physician Online Ratings vs. Specialty-Specific Performance Scores

October 17, 2017

The researchers found that across ratings platforms, there was no significant association between mean consumer ratings and specialty-specific performance scores, primary care physician scores, or administrator scores.

Robotically-Assisted Device Cleared for Surgery Use

By October 16, 2017

The device is intended to enhance the accuracy of laparoscopic instruments in manipulation of tissue including grasping, cutting, blunt and sharp dissection, approximation, ligation, electrocautery, suturing, mobilization and retraction in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and laparoscopic gynecological surgery.

New Implant Approved for Moderate to Severe Central Sleep Apnea

By October 10, 2017

The implantable device works by stimulating a nerve in the chest that is involved in transmitting signals to the diaphragm to stimulate breathing.

Breath Sensor, App Combo Provide Novel Approach to Smoking Cessation

By October 06, 2017

The Carbon Monoxide Breath Sensor System (COBSS) informs the user how breath carbon monoxide levels are affected by their smoking behavior.

New Tech Could One Day Enable Clinicians to Print Custom-Dosed Drugs

By September 27, 2017

Most interestingly, the printing technique used 'vapor-jet printing', can print very fine crystalline structures, which aid medications in dissolving easier. This ability to dissolve could create an opportunity for new treatment.

Portable DVT Prevention Device Now Available

By September 21, 2017

As well as preventing DVT the company indicates that PlasmFlow can be used to enhance blood circulation, reduce post-operative pain and swelling, aid in the treatment of stasis dermatitis, venous stasis ulcers, arterial and diabetic leg ulcers, chronic venous insufficiently and reduce of edema in the lower limbs.

First Duodenoscope with Disposable Distal Cap Cleared by FDA

By September 20, 2017

The Pentax ED34-i10T duodenoscope is intended to provide visualization and access to the upper gastrointestinal tract to treat bile duct disorders and other upper GI problems.

Adverse Event Rates Examined for FDA-Approved Heart Failure Monitor

September 19, 2017

Overall adverse events accrued gradually; reports of pulmonary artery (PA) injury/hemoptysis and deaths were clustered early after device introduction. There were 28 reports of PA injury/hemoptysis (0.5%), including 14 intensive care unit stays, 7 intubations, and 6 deaths. Twenty-two deaths were included in the reports.

Intellis SC Stimulator Approved for Chronic Pain

By September 18, 2017

The Intellis platform records and monitors patient activity 24/7, which can be accessed by physicians to track and make treatment adjustments as needed.

Researchers Develop Portable Food Allergen-Detection System

By September 07, 2017

Most products were accurate to their stated label, however most products did contain at least 1 unspecified antigen, for instance, "brand of nut-free cookies contained gluten, whereas a gluten-free brand contained a peanut allergen," the authors write.

FDA Approves Inhaler Monitoring Device for Symbicort

By September 06, 2017

The SmartTouch for Symbicort is a monitoring device that is installed onto the patient's inhaler to track and improve medication adherence.

How Important Are Online Patient Reviews to Practices?

August 31, 2017

"Keeping a well-monitored, highly engaged review profile will not only help doctors respond to and appease negative reviewers, but it gives them valuable insight on areas of the business they can make improvements in," according to the article in Medical Economics.

New App May Help Screen for Pancreatic Cancer via Selfie

By August 29, 2017

The 'BiliScreen' app uses a smartphone camera; by taking a picture of the user's eyes it can calculate the color formation of the sclera and correlates it to the correct bilirubin level

Google Updating User Results to Help ID Depression

By August 24, 2017

The feature will take the form of a "Check if you're clinically depressed" button which will appear below the 'depression' panel that appears after the user's search.

Tablets vs. Magazines: Patient Education in the Waiting Room

August 23, 2017

Nurses encourage patients to use the tablets as they wait for a physician, and patients are instructed to take the prediabetes risk assessment before their consultation.

Teen Anorexia Outcomes with Family-Based Telehealth Therapy

August 23, 2017

Percent median body mass index improved significantly from baseline to the end of treatment (P=0.013) and from baseline to the 6-month follow-up (P=0.032).

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.