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By Dave Muoio August 7, 2018
Telemedicine may help practitioners better reach their patients, but the convenience could come at a cost for the provider. In a qualitative study recently accepted in Nature’s Pediatric Research journal, pediatric doctors conducting telemedicine consultations report a number of medical and non-medical challenges that are not present during face-to-face encounters. "It is clear that doctors...
By Dave Muoio August 7, 2018
As more healthcare systems look to embrace big data and the benefits analytics-driven care strategies could bring, the need to build EHRs that can communicate patients’ health data without hassle is growing with each day. But despite growing awareness and billions in expenses, the issue of inadequate interoperability remains the albatross around healthcare IT’s neck, and one that is having a...
By Dave Muoio August 6, 2018
The early days of dermatology apps were fraught with controversy, but the more recent attempts at digital skin examinations have seen some success thanks to advances in machine learning (ML) technologies. But while the benefits of clinically-validated automated screenings are easy to imagine, a recent article published in JAMA Dermatology suggests that the training methods for these algorithms...
By Jonah Comstock August 6, 2018
iRhythm Technologies reported a promising second quarter from a financial standpoint, citing a revenue of $35.5 million, up 55 percent from this time last year. But CEO Kevin King's major focus on the call was not earnings, but a pair of scientific studies published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association and JAMA Cardiology. These studies and what they represent could crack...
By Laura Lovett August 6, 2018
Veterans as well as rural and low-income Americans may have more access to telemedicine in the future after the FCC unanimously voted to approve a proposal establishing a “Connected Care Pilot Program” on Aug. 2. The next step for the pilot, which is estimated to cost $100 million, is a comment period.  “Broadband-enabled telehealth services like these can significantly improve Americans’ health...
By Laura Lovett August 3, 2018
Using the internet to self-diagnose that weird rash on your arm is fairly common. But the verdict is still out on whether or not direct-to-consumer diagnostic apps are effective or safe, according to a new review published in the journal Diagnosis.  “Apps were found to vary widely in functionality, accuracy, safety and effectiveness, although the usefulness of this evidence was limited by a...
the 37 startups building voice applications for healthcare
As the next frontier in human-technology interfaces, voice-enabled and voice-first technologies are leading the way in many innovative applications across industries. Predictions that 50 percent of searches will be voice-based by 2020 and that 55 percent of US households will have a smart speaker by 2022 have entrepreneurs, developers, product managers, and marketers rushing to figure out how...
By Laura Lovett August 2, 2018
Treating a patient who is experiencing domestic abuse can be difficult waters to navigate for physicians. However, it is a common problem impacting one in four women and one in seven men, according to the CDC's numbers.  Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology and nonprofit Resolve Greater Rochester have put their heads together to develop a new app that helps assess a patient's...
By Laura Lovett August 2, 2018
While the term blockchain has populated numerous news feeds and executive board room conversations recently, just how the technology works and what it can do for healthcare has remained somewhat of a mystery for the layperson. At the Digital Healthcare Innovations Congress in Boston yesterday Roger Smith, chief technology officer at Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, broke down how the technology...
By Dave Muoio August 1, 2018
Dr. Ashish Atreja is an unabashed proponent of digital health. As chief innovation and officer and associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, he has contributed to a number of the organization’s digitally-focused initiatives and often speaks of the benefits these technologies can bring to care. However, for digital health and medicines to avoid major pitfalls during its...