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Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have found digital pills could monitor opioid use after surgery, according to a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digital pill with an ingestion tracking system to tell physicians whether patients have taken their medication.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania believe reviewing the social media of patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could lead to the formation of improved treatments. Findings were published in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a mathematical model capable of predicting how cancer patients will react to certain immunotherapies. Findings are explained in a study published in Nature.

As the number of individuals with type 2 diabetes increases, researchers search for a way to prevent or slow the progression of diabetes in at-risk patients. According to a study published in JMIR Diabetes, an artificial intelligence (AI) coaching platform could improve habits to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.


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Examining efforts to improve residents’ knowledge of documentation, coding

Standards on coding and clinical documentation are improved constantly, but most residency programs lack education and training. In a study published in the Journal of Surgical Education, researchers evaluated residents’ current knowledge and examined the effect of an educational session on knowledge improvement.

New web-based system for logging robotic surgery experience

Physicians from Loyola Medicine have developed a surgical log tool to improve the reporting of robotic surgeries performed in training. A study on the RoboLog system was published in the Journal of Surgical Education.

Electronic triage tool improves patient care in EDs

Triage sorts patients into five levels—with one being the most critical—but often patients are clustered in level 3 or sorted incorrectly. Researchers have developed an electronic triage tool to improve patient care, helping improve physician decision-making with machine learning, according to the study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Cancer patients value communication, relationships over technical aspects of care

Cancer patients are more concerned with communication and relationships with physicians over technical aspects of their care, according to a study published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Patient-provider communication guidelines remain outdated

The growth of patient-provider electronic communications has advanced faster than associated guidelines, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Sepsis Power Hour bundle decreases patient mortality by 45%

Sepsis remains a leading cause of death around the world, but early detection could save patients and costs. Virginia Mason Institute’s “Sepsis Power Hour” bundle, a way of detecting early signs of sepsis and improved the time taken to treat patients, has reduced patient mortality due to sepsis by 45 percent.

Closed-loop control improves glycemic control in type 1 diabetic teens

Adolescence with type 1 diabetes (T1D) using closed-loop control (CLC) experienced improved glycemic control and reduced risk of hypoglycemia during exercise, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.

Scribes improve physician satisfaction, chart accuracy

Medical scribes are tasked with clinical documentation, but what impact to these individuals have on physician and patient satisfaction or charting efficiency? A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine evaluated scribes in their abilities to ease clinical workflow.

Online ratings do not correlate to physician performance

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.

85% of physicians: Fear of malpractice leads to over-treatment

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.