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Online ratings of physicians do not accurately represent quality or value of care, according ot a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Over-treating patients means wasted resources and increased exposure to harm for individuals. In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers surveyed physicians on causes, prevalence and consequences of over-treatment.

Treating opioid addiction by combining primary care and addiction treatment leads to higher rates of drug abstinence, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Accessing medical information over the internet can be helpful to quickly gain tips in keeping healthy—but it's unknown how often these searches lead to one purchasing online prescriptions. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing examined rates of pregnant women who search online for medication advice and purchase prescriptions.

Reducing the amount of avoidable emergency department (ED) visits could save healthcare organizations money while also improving patient health. A study in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care examined the types of avoidable ED visits to provide policymakers with data to help limit unnecessary ED visits.


Recent Headlines

Hal Wolf announced as new CEO, president of HIMSS

Hal Wolf, previous director with the Chartis Group, has been announced as the new CEO at HIMSS. Wolf replaces Stephen Lieber who held the position for 17 years.

Q&A: Wolters Kluwer Health's Saghbini on potential improvements in health IT

As Wolters Kluwer Health's newly appointed vice president and chief technology officer, Jean-Claude Saghbini, MS, promises to develop new technologies and system improvements. In an exclusive interview with Clinical Innovation & Technology, Saghbini talks about the future healthcare technology, areas of improvement and plans for Wolters Kluwer Health.

More than half of neurology fellows experience burnout

A recent study, published in Neurology, found more than half of neurology fellows experience at least one symptom of burnout.

Virtual reality system recreates real-life tasks to improve patient development

Saebo, a producer of medical devices focused on engagement and development, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its SaeboVR software system. The system is a rehabilitation program designed to use virtual reality to help patients engage in physical and cognitive activities.

Web-based ICU communication improves patient, provider satisfaction

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a web-based program that uses team communication and engagement to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Voice recognition, cloud technology allow radiologists to work anywhere

Avreo has released the Avreo Cloud VR, allowing radiologist to use cloud-based speech technology to securely develop image interpretations from anywhere that uses interWORKS.

DePuy Synthes all-in-one wrist fracture kit saves time, money

More than 600,000 individuals fracture their wrists each year, with many requiring implantation procedures to heal the small bones. DePuy Synthes has launched its Distal Radius Sterile Kit, a single-use kit full of pre-sterilized instruments needed to perform a wrist fracture procedure, to help providers cut costs.

Abbott, Bigfoot Biomedical partner to offer diabetes management

Abbott Laboratories and Bigfoot Biomedical have partnered to develop diabetes management systems by integrating Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology with Bigfoot’s insulin delivery solutions.

'Most Wired Survey' shows progress in tech utilization

Hospitals & Health Networks has released its 19th annual annual "Most Wired Survey," showcasing the nation’s top technological hospitals and health systems. The survey ranks facilities based on utilization of healthcare technologies including mobile health, telehealth, security system and innovation.

Home visits reduce readmission in elderly patients

Having a home health worker can reduce rates of readmission for older patients, according to a study conducted by the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and Regenstrief Institute. Findings were presented in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.