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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.

Medication adherence is vital for patients with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), yet adherence remains low. A study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined if wireless technology and incentives could increase adherence and improve patient outcomes.

Advising patients on decision making with input based on evidence should be the minimum for primary care physicians. But according to a new BMJ study, only 18 percent of clinical recommendations are based on high-quality evidence.

Being woken in the middle of the night is an unpleasant experience for anyone, but especially patients in the hospital undergoing their nightly vital sign check. Researchers from Ohio State University conducted a study, published in Patient Experience Journal, on reported quality of sleep and patient’s satisfaction during as hospital stay where overnight vital signs were collected compared to when vitals were not taken.

Leaving the hospital against the advice of physicians is a rising trend with negative consequences. In an effort to understand why patients chose to leave hospital care early, researchers have published findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to assist in further research and provide answers on how healthcare providers can stop this trend.


Recent Headlines

Top 5 concerns inflammatory bowel disease patients post on social media

Researchers from Cedars-Sinai have been able to extract primary concerns patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have about their biologic medications through social media posts. Findings were published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the official journal of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

Email provides new tool to help smokers quit

Smoking cessation can be a daunting task for many smokers—but help could be found in your email inbox. An American Cancer Society study, published in Tobacco Control, found personalized and frequent emails were as effective in helping patients quit smoking as many leading medications. 

Safety testing could prevent adverse drug reactions, reduce costs

Testing new medications can be risky, especially without an effective monitoring program. A study, published in Medical Care, evaluated the impact drug safety monitoring could have on detecting unsafe medications, improving patient care and controlling medical costs.

AI 94% accurate in detecting diabetic retinopathy

Some 45 percent of those with diabetes experience retinopathy, which can cause blindness if not detected early. Researchers from the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University have published a study in Ophthalmology detailing how artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning helped create an algorithm to detect diabetic retinopathy (DR).

Weight a minute: Bathroom scales detect arteriosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmia

Stepping on the scale could one day revel more than just weight. Researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Lithuania have developed a multifunctional scale that could detect conditions such as arteriosclerosis or cardiac arrhythmia.

Physician burnout linked to environment, stress, taking work home

Increasing rates of physician burnout are negative affecting providers as well as patients. Researchers in JAMA Internal Medicine explored exactly why physicians feel burned out—with leading causes including excessive workloads, stressful environments and a lacking work-life balance.

Top 6 things patients want in their hospital room

With 35 million Americans admitted to the hospital every year, it’s important they feel comfortable in their surroundings. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Health Environments Research and Design, patients discussed what could be improved upon in hospital rooms.

Individualized music program improves outcomes for dementia patients

Listening to individualized music programs could benefit the behavioral and psychological symptoms in patient with dementia. In a study published by The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, researchers tested the efficiency of the MUSIC & MEMORY (M&M) music program in addressing symptoms associated with dementia.

Can 3D-printed medical implants boost strength, reduce costs?

3D printing has expanded into the field of implantable medical devices by making them more personalized, stronger and at a reduced cost. Researchers from the University of Florida published recent findings on a new 3D process in Science Advances.

IBM uses big data to detect Ebola's spread in animals

IBM researchers have announced new strategies in detecting and treating Ebola. They are using big data analytics to identify infected animal carriers, previously unstudied as a spread of the disease, to understand how the disease spreads.