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Device familiarity matters when it comes to digital health effectiveness

According to a recent Scripps Translational Science Institute research study, there is little evidence digital medicine helps cut healthcare costs or spurs consumers to be more interested in their...

Stakeholders weigh in on Senate HELP health IT bill

Several healthcare stakeholders, including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Health IT Now and the National Partnership for Women & Families have submitted comments on the Senate HELP Committee's draft health IT legislation, unveiled late last month. 

Self-rooming clinic cuts infections, pleases patients

A pediatric clinic in Green Bay, Wisconsin, claims to have solved the problem of germy waiting rooms with an innovative "self-rooming" office design,  WBAY  reports

How payers, drug companies can partner to further value-based payments

While they sometimes have opposing interests, payers and drug companies can work together so that patients have better access to new, innovative medications, according to a  Health Affairs Blog  post.

4 reasons docs should be on the lookout for patient loneliness

It causes as much health damage as smoking. And it's even more detrimental to a patient's health than diabetes or obesity. Loneliness can be lethal and not much is being done in this country to fix the problem, according to a recent article in The Washington Post.

Drug shortages create ethical quandaries for doctors

Public awareness about drug shortages has stemmed from the agonizing ethical decisions such shortfalls have forced doctors to make, according to an article in The New York Times.

Community partnerships, payment changes must address social determinants of health

The idea of contextualized care has received more attention in recent years, but helping patients overcome social determinants of health remains a challenge for individual physicians and the healthcare community at large.

Healthcare miscommunication cost $1.7B--and nearly 2,000 lives

Here's one more reason why physician practices and hospitals must make it a goal to improve communications: new research shows poor communication has a body count of more than 1,700.

EHR helps hospital identify lead problem in Michigan

Flint, Michigan's Hurley Medical Center is crediting its electronic health record system with helping in the detection of unsafe lead levels in area children after the city changed its water supply.

Alternate explanation for 'weekend effect' emerges

Weekend hospital admissions from medical emergencies include older and more "functionally dependent" patients than weekday admissions, which could explain why weekend admission increases the chance of dying within 30 days, according to a new study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal.