Technology

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

May 14, 2018

The researchers found that the mean time to clinical resolution was 9 days with teledermoscopy referral, compared with 35 days with usual care alone.

Teen Sexting Linked to Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Abuse

May 08, 2018

Independent correlations for having sent a sext were seen for having been sexually abused, IPV perpetration, ever had sex.

FDA-Approved App Allows Clinicians to Objectively Measure Balance

By April 18, 2018

The application assesses 3 key balance metrics: (1) double stance, (2) right tandem stance, and (3) left tandem stance.

Pharmacists Can Help With Diabetes Management Via Telemedicine

April 13, 2018

Telemedicine could improve the situation of avoiding adverse events and ensuring proper day-to-day dosing by providing a real-time feedback loop, allowing clinical pharmacists to track data in real time.

FDA Approves Unique Device for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

By April 11, 2018

This is the first device authorized for marketing that provides a screening decision without the need for clinician interpretation.

Contact Lenses With Light-Adaptive Technology Get FDA Approval

By April 11, 2018

The contact lenses contain a photochromic additive that adapts the amount of visible light filtered to the eye based on the amount of UV light to which they are exposed.

FDA: Social Media Companies Aren't Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

By April 06, 2018

A recent report from the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations detailed how subcommittee members found it 'easy' to find fentanyl, pay for it and have it shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

EHR Usability Contributes to Possible Patient Harm Events

March 28, 2018

Of the 557 reports, harm level analysis showed that the patient was reached and potentially required monitoring to preclude harm, potentially caused temporary harm, potentially caused permanent harm, and could have necessitated intervention to sustain life or could have resulted in death (84, 14, 1, and <1%, respectively).

Dexcom G6 Integrated Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Gets FDA Approval

By March 27, 2018

The Dexcom G6 iCGM system determines blood glucose levels in patients 2 years of age and older.

Smartinhaler Sensor for Symbicort Will Be Available Over-the-Counter

By March 27, 2018

The Smartinhaler sensor is a device installed onto a patient's inhaler to monitor and promote asthma and COPD medication adherence.

Early Social Media Use May Harm Teen Girls' Well-Being

March 27, 2018

The researchers found that there are gender differences in the relationship between interacting on social media and well-being. Among females, there were significant correlations between interacting on social media and well-being.

Smartwatch May Be Able to Passively Detect Atrial Fibrillation

March 23, 2018

In the external validation cohort of 51 patients undergoing cardioversion, the algorithm's sensitivity and specificity were 98.0 and 90.2%, respectively. Using self-report of persistent AF in ambulatory participants for exploratory analysis, the C statistic was 0.72, sensitivity was 67.7%, and specificity was 67.6%.

Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

March 23, 2018

Institute of Safe Medication Practices indicates risks such as abbreviations, autocorrection

Wearable System Provides 24-Hour Ambulatory GI Monitoring

By March 22, 2018

The wearable system was found to work as well as more invasive methods.

Tiny Tooth Sensor Monitors Dietary Intake, Sends Info to a Mobile Device

By March 22, 2018

When the central layer of the sensor comes in contact with 1 of the pre-defined nutrients (in the current case salt, glucose or alcohol), it's electrical properties change and the sensor absorbs and transmits a different spectrum of radio waves with varying intensity.

Implantable Sensor Relays Real-Time Personal Health Info

March 22, 2018

The researchers described the use of functionalized soft, porous hydrogel scaffolds with luminescent chemistries and demonstrated their functionality in the body for over 4 years.

FDA Approves Smallest Ever Mechanical Heart Valve

By March 07, 2018

Findings from a single-arm study (N=20) of pediatric patients with serious heart failure (aged 1.5 weeks to 27 months) at the time of mitral valve implant were reviewed by the Agency. Study data showed a 69.3% probability of survival post-implant and a 66.8% probability of not experiencing a valve-related adverse event.

Pharmacokinetic Dosing Software for Hemophilia A Treatment Now Available

By March 05, 2018

The myPKFiT software can be used to generate Advate dosage amount and frequency recommendations for routine prophylaxis for an individual patient 16yrs of age and older and body weight of 45kg or greater.

Study Assesses Potential Harm of Missed Messages With E-Prescribing

By February 28, 2018

The researchers determined that over one-third (31.5%) of the comments had potential for significant harm if not communicated, while 2.8% had potential for severe harm. The most frequent comment categories were related to dose, route, or duration (38.0%), transmission of the prescription (19.3%), or details on filling the prescription (16.6%).

Retinal Images Can Be Used to Predict CV Risk, Says Google Study

By February 22, 2018

The model used retinal images to predict cardiovascular risk.

Treatment Window for Using Clot Retrieval Device Now Expanded

By February 15, 2018

The Trevo device is inserted via a catheter into the blood vessel to the site of the clot. The end portion of the device expands (up to 3-6mm diameter) and grips the clot, allowing the physician to pull it back through the vessel along with the device.

FDA: New Clinical Decision Support Tool Helps ID Stroke Sooner

By February 14, 2018

The Viz.AI Contact application is a computer-aided triage software that uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze images for indicators associated with a stroke.

Four Best Practices Identified to Help Prevent Healthcare Cyberattacks

February 14, 2018

Health care execs should ID potential inefficiencies in cybersecurity, ensure systems backed up

What Should Practices Prioritize to Meet Value-Based Care Requirements

February 13, 2018

Patient portals do not represent patient engagement, while value-based care requirements need direct and interactive exchange with patients. Finally, EHRs cannot support the complexity needed for fee-for-value workflows.

FDA Clears Smart Watch for Epilepsy Management

By February 06, 2018

Embrace uses advanced machine learning to monitor for grand mal or generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and sends an alert to summon caregivers' help.

Patient Portal Messages, IVR Calls May Improve Flu Vaccination Rates

By February 05, 2018

Results found that among portal users, 14% (702/5,000) of portal and IVR call recipients received EHR-documented influenza vaccines.

Physicians' Top Concerns Regarding IT Adoption Identified

February 05, 2018

According to the report, few papers talked about provider adoption, with only 57 studies out of more than 3,000 papers mentioning provider adoption. Key facilitators of digital health adoption include resources and training, access to accurate data

First-of-its-Kind Test to Monitor Cardiovascular Drug Adherence Available

By February 01, 2018

KardiAssure is a non-invasive and cost-effective urinalysis that provides physicians with clear, reliable, actionable information on patients' adherence to more than 50 cardiovascular medications.

GammaCore Approved for the Acute Treatment of Migraine Pain

By January 29, 2018

The new approval for migraine patients was supported by the PRESTO trial, a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial.

Can E-Mail Use Improve Patient-Provider Communication?

January 18, 2018

In addition, the overall satisfaction scores for providers who made their e-mail addresses available to patients were significantly higher than those who did not. Individual satisfaction domains did not differ significantly.