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Big Names Changing the Future of Personalized Patient Care

October 31, 2014 by Declan Peltier

future of personalized care

In recent years, health technology has advanced dramatically. I believe Marc Cuban summed it up nicely when he stated: “Personalized medicine will dramatically change health care, how we get health care, what we need, diagnostics, everything that we do. That to me will be the next earth-shattering impact on the world.”[read more]

Cautious Optimism in Spinal Cord Research

October 28, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Man walking in exoskeleton

You probably saw recent news about a novel new treatment for spinal cord injury that enabled a man with a severed spinal cord to walk. Cells were cultivated from olfactory cells and implanted in his spine. While this is a phenomenal outcome, medical professionals were slightly more cautious.[read more]

Rising, Fading Technologies in the Global Market for Wound Closure

October 27, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

wound closure / shutterstock

Technologies emerge, gain clinical acceptance, grow in caseload and become the standard of care. Then new technologies emerge, developed to improve on or eclipse established technologies. They gain acceptance and the cycle continues.[read more]

4 Approaches to Improving HCAHPS Scores Through Mobilization

October 27, 2014 by Drew Kearney, Esq.

Patient satisfaction’s impact on reimbursements has many inpatient hospitals focusing on HCAHPS. One of the simplest enhancements to the care experience that can translate into virtually every area of improvement is mobilization.[read more]

Health-Focused Wearables: Can Innovators, Providers, and Insurers Work Together?

October 22, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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Cameron Graham, the managing editor at TechnologyAdvice, where he oversees market research for emerging technology, gives us some evidence-driven advice about wearables that entrepreneurs, innovators, healthcare providers, and payers can use for decision making.[read more]

Combating the Nursing Shortage with Mobile Patient Engagement

October 21, 2014 by Tanya Dainoski

Combating the nursing shortage

By implementing various mobile patient engagement technologies, such as text (SMS) messaging and mobile apps, existing nurses and case managers can manage more patients simultaneously, improving patient satisfaction and decreasing nurse burnout.[read more]

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The Growing Trend of Automation in Healthcare

October 17, 2014 by Doug Bennett

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Health care is one of the hottest topics of debate these days, and no discussion about the subject is complete without a look at healthcare costs. A closer look shows that automation, when judiciously applied, can help medical organizations achieve two of their main goals: reducing healthcare costs and improving patient outcomes.[read more]

Apple's HealthKit vs. Google Fit [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 16, 2014 by Morgan Brown

Google Fit vs. HealthKit

Apple’s not the only one jumping on the mHealth bandwagon with HealthKit. Google released Google Fit and Android Wear, and Samsung threw their hat into the ring with SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interaction). So how do these three new platforms stack up for developers looking to build new mHealth apps?[read more]

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How the US Healthcare Industry Can Encourage Fitness Tracking

October 15, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Fitness tracking

Wearable technology, mainly in the form of fitness tracking devices, has established a foothold in the consumer market. According to a survey of 979 U.S. adults, 25.1 percent of adults track their weight, diet, or exercise using a digital fitness tracker or smartphone-based app. The healthcare potential of such patient-generated data is huge.[read more]

Will Shear Wave Elastography Make an Impact in Liver Disease?

October 15, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

Shear wave elastography uses ultrasonic waves to detect extremely small changes in tissue displacement, resulting in highly sensitive and reliable diagnostic images. Of the non-invasive imaging methods to diagnose fibrosis from chronic liver disease, ultrasound may be the most accurate and cost-effective option.[read more]

Secure Physician Network: Brainstorming for Cures [PODCAST]

October 14, 2014 by Janet Kennedy
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Greg Chang

Realizing the need for a secure communications network to engage their orthopedic surgeons and physicians, Duke University Medical Center developed a secure physician network to to allow intercollegiate conversations. In 2011, the platform was spun off as a med-tech startup called for[MD]. Here's our interview with Greg Chang, the co-founder.[read more]

Little Things Do Make a Big Difference: Globalizing Personal Health

October 14, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Dr. Anita Goel

In a world where nearly 4 billion people lack access to basic health care, the need for mobile testing using simple methods such as a single drop of blood could have momentous impacts on care. The level of individualized, near real-time care could become a reality in the developing world, as well as in many remote areas of the industrialized world.[read more]