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Researches from the University of Birmingham and University of Edinburgh have cut the number of liver biopsies performed on patients with fatty liver in half by using a non-invasive digital image scan. Findings were published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Measurements taken from projected 3D holographic models were able to match “gold standard” measurements in accuracy, according to a study set to be presented at the ARRS 2018 Annual Meeting.

Smart glasses could be a feasible tool in detecting concussions and improving critical decision making, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

A genetic ancestry test was more accurate than conventional self-reports of race, cultural identity or ethnicity at identifying patients at risk for bleeding stoke. Findings were presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2018.
 

An emergency department (ED)-based transitional care nurse (TCN) program, focusing on geriatric care, was able to reduce the number of unnecessary hospitalizations by 33 percent. Findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

 

Recent Headlines

AI identifies kidney damage, predicts remaining life of organ through biopsies

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) computer model capable of identifying the progression of kidney damage and predicting the remaining life of the organ using biopsy images. Findings were published in Kidney International Reports.

Machine learning system detects 10 outbreaks of foodborne illness from Yelp reviews

Columbia University and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have developed a machine learning computer system that uses keywords found on Yelp reviews to identify foodborne illnesses and outbreaks. Findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Direct statement of uncertainty harms patient-provider relationship

Explaining diagnostic uncertainty directly to patients results in lower perceived trust and adherence to physician advice, according to a study published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

Digital communication tools could reduce costs—but they need more research

Digital clinical communication tools have grown in popularity due to their ability to connect patients and providers and cut costs. But evidence into the feasibility of these tools is lacking, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

FDA clears Excel Medical predictive algorithm for patient monitoring

Excel Medical has received FDA clearance for WAVE Clinical Platform, a remote patient monitoring and predictive algorithm.

Patient portals do not improve hospital outcomes

Patient portals are meant to improve patient knowledge and engagement, but the current use of portals has not produced significant differences in outcomes, according to a study published in the Journal of Informatics in Health and Biomedicine.

Care coordination program reduces ED costs by 15%

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have found the implementation of an emergency department (ED) care coordination program could reduce costs and admission rates, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Adherence to tech in ehealth is underdeveloped, improperly applied concept

According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, measuring adherence to technology in electronic health (eHealth) evaluations is an underdeveloped and improperly applied concept.

Decision support app IDs heart failure patients at risk of disease progression

Researchers from Intermountain Healthcare have developed a clinical decision support application capable of identifying when heart failure advances and is capable of notifying physicians. Findings were published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure.

Online portals fail to present info in a way meaningful to patients

Current online patient portals do not present test information in an easily understandable context for the majority of patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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