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The Bionic Man Makes History in Mind-Controlled Prosthetics

May 27, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

A new generation of mind-controlled prosthetic technologies for amputees is changing the game. Long term goals are to find more ways for humans to be able to control dexterous robotic devices without any invasive surgeries or implants.[read more]

A New Kind of Stress Test

May 26, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Can physicians improve in their on-time performance? We have seen in recent years that there is a potent force that can influences physician behavior. Reimbursement. If payment is linked to how long you have to wait for us, then our schedules will run like a Swiss chronometer.[read more]

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How Technology Bolsters Patient Care

May 21, 2015 by Jessica Oaks

An ever-faster development cycle in the technology space is transforming every aspect of our lives. The healthcare sector is no exception. Mobile innovations now make it possible for patients to monitor their own vital signs and information like blood sugar levels, access personal medical information from anywhere and participate more fully in their own care with apps and even games designed to promote health.[read more]

Mobile Health and Data Safety: Convenience vs. Privacy

May 14, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

mHealth: convenience vs. privacy

Technology may be revolutionizing the healthcare industry, but while mobile health applications and cloud-based management are convenient, many think they may be compromising the privacy of healthcare data. Can the healthcare industry properly balance convenience and privacy in the digital age?[read more]

Telemedicine Requires Optimism and Patience: Dispatches from American Telemedicine 2015

May 14, 2015 by Anne Weiler

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The 21st annual American Telemedicine Conference wrapped up last week in Los Angeles. While there were amazing patient success stories, and a group of people dedicated to the success of telemedicine, it was slightly depressing that after 20 years, there are still people questioning the value and calling for more data as well as no consistent reimbursement except in rural settings. Here are a few high-level impressions of the event.[read more]

Irony and the Church of Big Data

May 13, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Big Data in medicine is a faith-based initiative. True believers know, deep in their hearts, that the Church of Big Data will solve all miseries that beset American health care. Many good folks of unshakeable beliefs are immune to irony. Big Data disciples are no different.[read more]

The Healthcare Omnichannel Challenge

May 13, 2015 by Christopher Fox

While e-commerce and online banking have given their respective industries a significant omnichannel boost, healthcare, especially on the provider side, has a steep hill to climb in order to deliver an omnichannel patient experience.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: mHealth Apps - to Regulate or Not to Regulate

May 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

We are witnessing exuberance about all things digital, especially in the health space. As healthcare apps for mobile devices continue to proliferate, soon to be in the thousands, there is a lingering question as to whether or not they will be regulated, by whom, and to what extent.[read more]

A Starter-Pack of Tips for Social-Media-Shy Doctors

May 8, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

If a significant group of people (i.e. prospective patients and patients) is influenced by social media, then metaphorically speaking, doctors who want to attract new patients should be fishing where the fish are biting. Here are some tips and tactics to help widen your social media comfort zone.[read more]

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Dying of Embarrassment

May 5, 2015 by Lara Stewart

Every day, people avoid seeking medical care because of embarrassment. And failure to get tested can have repercussions for them and for those around them.[read more]

5 Keys Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

May 1, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Improving medication adherence is a constant struggle within the healthcare world. Did you know that it's estimated that between 20% to 50% of patients are non-adherent? This post will discuss how technology and communication are helping to improve the growing issue of non-adherence.[read more]

EHR Interoperability: Let's Stop Beating a Dead Drum

April 29, 2015 by Bill Crounse

For the past many years, I’ve been strongly advocating that the best model for electronic health record interoperability is one that is cloud-based and puts the patient/citizen at the center. Having just returned from HIMSS, I must again conclude that the only model that makes sense is exactly what I have been proposing.[read more]