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Is this the end of traditional doctors? A third of over 65s use technology to manage their health

As Brits continue to avoid a visit to their GP, new research reveals a third of over 65s are using technology to keep tabs on their health and wellbeing<p>We're living in the age of digital health according to new research.<p>In 2014, a study revealed that <b>65 per cent of people actively avoid going to</b> …

Health podcast special: does technology spell the end of the waiting room?

Technology has the huge potential to transform the healthcare system. In this View from 22 podcast special, The Spectator’s <b>Sebastian Payne</b> discusses how technology is revolutionising healthcare with Professor <b>Simon Wessely</b>, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr <b>James Kingsland</b>, the …

Health Care

Uber for Healthcare: New Technologies Make Doctors More Accessible

For almost two decades, we've been hearing about the advantages of electronic health records, and the way technology can advance medicine. I've seen in my own recent healthcare visits how health records are changing. Not only do these records make it easier for my healthcare provider to access my …

Digital Health

Fixing The Healthcare Dichotomy

It’s astonishing to find technologically advanced industries still struggling with the age-old problem of paper records and disconnected systems. Take the healthcare industry, which has made robotic surgery possible and now is on the verge of releasing nanobots into our bloodstreams. Yet on the …

Weighing Privacy Vs. Rewards Of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Would you be willing to hand over your health information to a life insurance company, in exchange for financial rewards?<p>Activity trackers have become increasingly popular over the past few years, tracking everything from how many steps you walk to your location throughout the day.<p>Now, John …

Doctors Make House Calls On Tablets Carried By Houston Firefighters

It seems like every firefighter you ask can rattle off examples of 911 calls that didn't come even close to being life-threatening.<p>"A spider bite that's two or three weeks old," says Jeff Jacobs. "A headache, or a laceration," says Ashley Histand.<p>Alberto Vela remembers another call from a woman who …

Infographic: Wearables in Healthcare | mHealth

Infographic visualization created by Boston Technology illustrates the facts, trends, different types, challenges and future of wearables in …

Infographic: 10 Medical Innovations Transforming Healthcare

What medical innovations have the potential to improve patient care in 2015 and beyond? The following infographic illustrates Cleveland Clinic’s …

High noon for federal health records program?

2015 will be a critical year for testing the system.<p>Vast spending, frustrating software, angry doctors facing a punch in the wallet — and a hungry new Congress. It could add up to a powerful threat to the Obama administration’s $30 billion program to digitize the nation’s medical records.<p>Many …

CIOs: EHR usability to get worse

Worries over the usability of electronic health records have escalated recently -- in tandem, it seems, with their broad adoption. Now comes research …

Medicare readmission penalties may hit hospitals in poor areas hardest

A total of 2,610 U.S. hospitals will see their Medicare payments docked in fiscal 2015 for having excessive numbers of patients return to their …

Health Care

Medicare Fines 2,610 Hospitals In Third Round Of Readmission Penalties

Medicare is fining a record number of hospitals – 2,610 – for having too many patients return within a month for additional treatments, federal …

Readmission penalties cost Birmingham hospitals million - Birmingham Business Journal

With the exception of Princeton Baptist Medical Center, all major Birmingham hospitals will be facing higher readmission penalties in 2015.<p>According …

Doctors create app to help diagnose, treat patients at point of care

Is it always better for a doctor to order tests for a patient – you know, just to be on the safe side? Not if you ask Dr. Rahul Mehta, a resident in internal medicine at the University of Calgary.<p>Mehta is part of a growing pushback in the medical community against the practice of ordering too many …

Duke and Stanford Begin Patient Trials With Apple's HealthKit Service

Duke University, Stanford University Hospital, and medical device manufacturers are working with Apple on patient trials involving Apple's new HealthKit API, reports <i>Reuters</i>. Apple mentioned the trials in its recent September press event, but did not provide any details on the health parameters or …

Spruce Gets $2 Million In Seed From Kleiner Perkins, Baseline And Cowboy Ventures To Put A Doctor In The Palm Of Your Hand

There have been some great strides in telemedicine lately. This virtual way to see the doctor cuts down on commutes, wait time and potential costs associated with in-person visits. But most of what’s currently out there requires some sort of video conferencing system and a set appointment with the …

Why do docs think mHealth is useless for patient monitoring?

September 22, 2014 - Fitness trackers and smartphone mHealth apps have been enjoying a huge surge in popularity as shiny new technologies attract the …

Cerner, athenahealth to work with Apple

Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit technology: Cerner and athenahealth are the latest EHR vendors …

IT

3 Reasons Why Healthcare Will Favor Google Over Apple

This is not a typical comparison of Apple's products or features compared to Google, but it is a comparison of the underlying operating systems <i>‒</i> and even more specifically how these relate to enterprise healthcare.<p>Unlike consumer health and fitness, enterprise healthcare applications are typically …

Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized

The place: Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.<p>The diagnosis: fast-growing, small-cell lung cancer.<p>The patient: Paula Faber, unrepentant, life-long smoker.<p>The choice: treat it aggressively to <i>extend</i> life, but probably not cure the disease, or manage the pain and focus on the <i>quality</i> of life.<p>It was …

How Racism Creeps Into Medicine

The history of a medical instrument reveals the dubious science of racial difference.<p>In 1864, the year before the Civil War ended, a massive study was launched to quantify the bodies of Union soldiers. One key finding in what would become a 613-page report was that soldiers classified as "White" …

The 30-year-old health sector billionaire

<b>Monitoring what's going on in your body has gripped California's Silicon Valley like a mania.</b><p>Enthusiasts wear two or three wrist bands to keep an eye on their blood pressure 24 hours a day.<p>They use sensors to tell them how many paces they have taken - the recommended daily rate is currently 10,000, …

Silicon Valley

Health Care For $4: Are You Ready For Walmart To Be Your Doctor?

Goodbye, doctor’s office. Hello, Walmart?<p>Based on Walmart’s latest moves, it’s not as unlikely as it sounds.<p>After years of “Will they or won’t they?” discussion, Walmart is making its long-awaited move into delivering primary care: The retailer has quietly opened a half-dozen primary care clinics …

Competing on Analytics

We all know the power of the killer app. Over the years, groundbreaking systems from companies such as American Airlines (electronic reservations), Otis Elevator (predictive maintenance), and American Hospital Supply (online ordering) have dramatically boosted their creators’ revenues and …

A Great Place to Put Community Health Clinics: Fire Stations

A new firehouse clinic in California shows how an abundant but under-used public resource—fire stations—can be made even more useful for a community.<p>City officials in Hayward, California, broke ground this month on a new fire station that includes a first in community design for the city, the …

Job growth rise in 2014 and beyond: Healthcare jobs and ‘big data’ analysts - CNN iReport

For any citizen, it’s important to keep track of the industries that are experiencing a job growth boom, as well as those that experts predict will undergo a demand surge in coming years. Whether you’re a recent college graduate staring down the barrel of $100,000 in student loans that need to be …