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By Jonah Comstock 03:20 pm August 20, 2019
A new survey from Harmony Healthcare IT shows that millennials in large numbers are going online rather than to the doctor when they need medical advice. While only 48% of those surveyed (2,013 Americans aged 23 to 38 years) said they trust online resources to accurately diagnose symptoms, 73% admitted to going online for medical advice rather than seeing a doctor. WebMD was the overwhelming...
By Dave Muoio 02:08 pm August 20, 2019
ATENTIV, maker of a video game-based intervention for ADHD, has partnered with Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Center for Discovery, Innovation and Development (CDID) to explore a novel care model blending both behavioral and primary care. Of particular note, ATENTIV and CDID, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health System in New Jersey, will be investigating how be to deploy the...

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By Laura Lovett 10:09 am August 20, 2019
A recent study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology found that women using telemedicine for a medication abortion had comparable outcomes to those accessing an in-person provider for care.  In fact, researchers reported that the rate of ongoing pregnancy and aspiration procedures was lower in women who used the telemedicine services than in-person care. However, the team was quick to note...
By Laura Lovett 02:27 pm August 19, 2019
When it comes to health records, patients have more access than ever before. At many healthcare systems patients can now download records on their smartphone through an API, thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act. However, a new study published in JAMA found that despite the availability of these technologies few patients are using the capabilities.  TOPLINE DATA Researchers found that on a month-...
By Laura Lovett 04:07 pm August 16, 2019
While voice has been touted as an emerging technology with the ability to lower the bar to entry, industry players are now starting to warn of privacy gaps. Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices are now becoming a frequent household item, used for everything from ordering a new wardrobe to helping with homework.  But when used in the medical industry, the technology needs to be administered...
By Leontina Postelnicu 10:00 am August 16, 2019
People aged between 40 and 74 in England could be offered “intelligent, predictive” health checks that take into account their age, lifestyle and risk factors in a review of the NHS Health Check programme announced by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock today. WHAT HAPPENED At the moment, the NHS Health Check service is based on a consultation where a health professional asks people...
By Dave Muoio 02:06 pm August 14, 2019
Therapeutic virtual reality is not only an effective approach for hospital inpatients experiencing a wide variety of pain, but likely retains its impact when provided over multiple days under real-world circumstances, according to a new Cedars-Sinai clinical study published today in PLoS One. “There’s been decades of research testing VR in highly controlled environments — university laboratories...
By Laura Lovett 03:44 pm August 13, 2019
Telemedicine access in the state of New Hampshire is expanding thanks to a newly signed bill that will let primary care providers and pediatricians bill Medicaid and private insurances for telemedicine visits, according to a report by the Associated Press. The new legislation is an expansion from previous bills, which restricted reimbursement to specialist visits.  All providers with an already...
By Laura Lovett 03:53 pm August 12, 2019
Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have invented a wearable device designed to help expecting parents keep track of their child’s fetal heartbeat. The lightweight technology uses seismo-cardiogram and gyro-cardiogram recordings collected from a consumer-grade sensor. When placed on the mother’s stomach, it detects vibrations when the baby is moving or its heart is beating.  In the...
By Dave Muoio 03:11 pm August 12, 2019
Last week Experian Health, maker of a healthcare revenue cycle management platform and other health IT enterprise tools, announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Nashville-based digital care coordination company MyHealthDirect. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Experian Health’s mission is to use data-driven insight to connect and simplify healthcare for all,” Jennifer Schulz,...