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Texting aids adolescents in chronic disease management

Texting helped teenage chronic disease patients to be more efficient in managing their condition, according to new research out of the University of California, San Diego.

Mobile device images streamline, improve clinical care

As populations of insured patients continue to grow, providers must find ways to treat more people at lower costs. Doctors at the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting in Baltimore this week discussed how telehealth tools and smartphones to share patient images are streamlining clinical care processes.

Research touts telemedicine's effectiveness treating chronically ill patients

Evidence continues to mount that telemedicine is effective in reducing hospitalization rates and emergency department visits while also improving health outcomes for chronic disease patients, according to a review of research led by former American Telemedicine Association President Rashid Bashshur, the executive director of eHealth at the University of Michigan Health System.

CDC: Use lab professionals to improve EHR safety

While electronic health records are changing how lab data is transmitted and displayed, variations in design, functionality and an ability to share that data can cause preventable patient safety risks, such as misdiagnoses, treatment delays and inappropriate treatment, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Games, simulations boost clinical results

Medical education and patient outcomes both were shown to improve after doctors participated in an online game, according to new research out of Boston.

Big data helps treat cancer patients

The University of Leeds will use big data to help match patients with certain types of blood cancers to the best treatments. 

DOD's Jonathan Woodson: Telehealth a strategic goal for the military

As care standards continue to evolve, it's imperative that the Military Health System embrace telehealth,  according to Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense, the keynote speaker Tuesday at the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting in Baltimore.

HHS emergency data mining pushes privacy envelope

Despite all the good a data sharing program developed and impmlemented by the federal government to identify vulnerable patients during emergencies and disasters can provide, the privacy and security of information used looms as a major concern.

Health IT consultant: ONC 'royally screwed up' Meaningful Use

Electronic health records hold great promise for improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes, but the Meaningful Use program incentivizing people to adopt EHRs has several flaws that are...

eICU study fails to find clear benefits

Implementing telemedicine monitoring in eight ICUs brought no significant decline in mortality rates or length of stay, according to a   study published at  JAMA Internal Medicine.