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Where will artificial intelligence take us?

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }a:link { } According to Bob Wachter it’ll be well on its way to taking over the diagnostic role of the clinician, and in as little as 5 years: In about 5 years, Dr Wachter predicted, a physician will be able to dictate a patient note into a computer, and the computer — using artificial intelligence — will review the chart and

AusHealthIT Poll Number 375 – Results – 18th June, 2017.

Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe A National Digital Health Interoperability Strategy That Takes Five Weeks To Develop Will Be Worthwhile And Useful?Yes 3% (6) No 97% (216) I Have No Idea 0% (1) Total votes: 223 The numbers speak for themselves. Show More Summary

Science has been hijacked by puritans and needs rescuing by heretics

In college, I once marched for the plight of Tibetans. Forty of us marched in Hyde Park, London; after an hour, half retreated to the nearest pub to discuss global injustices. Recently, over a million, including five penguins, marched for science. There were no penguins at our march for Tibetans but our goal, though naïve […]

MKSAP: 56-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 56-year-old woman presents to the office to discuss management of her type 2 diabetes mellitus. She is unhappy with her recent HbA1c value. She adheres to the maximum dose metformin monotherapy, which she has been taking for 1 year. Additionally, […]

The future of EHR: Here are 5 predictions

With the Department of Justice announcement of the $155 million dollar eClinicalWorks settlement (including personal liability for the CEO, CMO and COO), many stakeholders are wondering what’s next for EHRs. Clearly, the industry is in a state of transition. eCW will be distracted by its 5-year corporate integrity agreement.    AthenaHealth will have to focus […]

Interested in being a locum tenens physician? Read this first.

I receive a significant amount of email in response to my blog posts about locum tenens work. Curious colleagues (from surgeons to internists and emergency medicine physicians) ask for insider insight into this “mysterious business” of being a part-time or traveling physician. I am always happy to respond individually, but suddenly realized that I should […]

FDA Clears MAGNETOM Vida 3 Tesla MRI with BioMatrix Technology

Siemens is reporting that the FDA has cleared its MAGNETOM Vida 3 Tesla MRI scanner. The device features the new BioMatrix technology from Siemens that takes into account individual patient anatomy, physiology, and even the differences in MRI operators to produce optimal image quality. Show More Summary

Infographic: Patient Data In The Age of Technology

Effective data management provides a practical way to improve the performance of healthcare systems. Professionals in the healthcare sector can identify and correct problem areas in various ways. They need to collect, conduct a thorough analysis, interpret and respond to specific performance measures. Show More Summary

Hackensack Meridian Health Joins NJII’s Incubator to Develop & Launch Innovative Healthcare Solutions

Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive and integrated network of healthcare providers has become the first member of NJII’s Ideation Program for Healthcare. The incubation program is designed to develop and launch the next wave of innovative problem-solving in healthcare technology, products and services. Show More Summary

Caught between the ideal of breastfeeding and the reality of doing it

On a recent vacation in St. Lucia, I came across this mama nursing her babies. “Public breastfeeding. How great!” I thought. But, after posting this picture on Facebook, these were some of the responses: “Yikes! They need to be weaned!” and “they are pretty big to be still nursing.” This, of course, got my head whirling […]

The coming microbial apocalypse---who’s at fault?

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }a:link { } Letter to Today’s Hospitalist: ...we would be remiss not to mention the biggest driver of multidrug resistant organisms on a massive scale: antibiotic use in our livestock and crops. Both ID pharmacists and ID physicians know that this culprit is causing far more harm than prolonged antibiotic usage in hospitals.

Many places in America are essentially devoid of doctors

I recently attended a conference in Savannah, Georgia sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.| Since I haven’t spent much time in Georgia outside of Savannah and Atlanta, the welcoming plenary on improving health outcomes for the state’s rural and underserved populations was eye-opening. Show More Summary

Salesforce Adds Empower & Concurrent Care Plans Features to Salesforce Health Cloud

CRM leader Salesforce has added two major features to Salesforce Health Cloud—Health Cloud Empower and Concurrent Care Plans—that enable healthcare professionals to better care for patients, whether at their homes or in clinical settings, and across multiple care plans. Show More Summary

MModal Expands AI Platform to Support Epic NoteReader CDI Module

MModal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and speech understanding is extending its AI platform to support the Epic NoteReader CDI module. MModal’s Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD) technology delivers actionable...Show More Summary

Now Here Is A Demonstration Of How EHRs Can Make A Real Difference.

This popped up a few days ago.Electronic Alerts Help Reduce Missed Sepsis Diagnosis in ChildrenAlexandra Wilson Pecci, June 9, 2017Using this method to identify children in a pediatric emergency department with severe sepsis reduced missed diagnoses by 76%. Show More Summary

Why can’t doctors be depressed?

Why can’t doctors be depressed? They encounter challenging and emotional situations every day, and they are robbed of the emotional intelligence training necessary to handle them properly. The 32-year-old single mother of two who was recently diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and given a prognosis of four months to live. The 13-year-old daughter who suffered […]

Cancer’s Big Infrastructure Problem

We need to do more than just raise cancer drug prices yet again. We need to invest in the kind of infrastructure that will make it possible to test many of these medicines, and speed up innovation further.

Are Your Affairs in Order?

Delivering horrible news never gets easier. The physician pauses with a tense hand on the door, takes a deep breath, and enters the patient's room. A room full of hope and anticipation is displaced abruptly with fear and sadness. The...Show More Summary

Learning from Success: Three Approaches to PHM Insight Report Now Available

The latest report from Chilmark Research, Driving Speed to Value: Three Diverse Approaches to PHM, delves into three case studies to examine the clinical and technology models in force to enable a population health management strategy. We tackled this research … Read more ›

Burned out? Just say no and teach others to as well

Without question, the interconnectivity created by social media is a plus when it comes to talking about physician burnout, suicide and policies affecting our practice of medicine. We are no longer in independent silos with the surgeons suffering in one corner and pediatricians elsewhere. Physicians are no longer isolated contemplating if what they are experiencing […]

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