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Human Dx Changes the Process for Medical Diagnoses

How is your experience at your doctor’s office likely to change? The Human Diagnosis Project (also referred to as “Human Dx”) could be a big factor. Human Dx is a worldwide effort led by the global medical community to build an online system that maps the best steps to help any patient. By combining collective intelligence […]

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Medicine via Nanotechnology

In the last decade, noteworthy advancements in medical applications of nanotechnology have become more prevalent. As SingularityHub points out, researchers are developing nanoscale patterns on medical implants that can stimulate bone cell growth and positive gene expression. Others are working to make guided nanoparticles that detect (and even destroy) cancer cells. Multiple groups, like the […]

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Inform Doctors to Reduce Opioid Abuse

The United States is currently experiencing an epidemic of opioid abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled since 1999. Opioids include codeine, fentanyl, morphine and forms of oxycodone (e.g., Oxycontin and Percocet) as well as hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin). They are typically […]

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Increase Patient Engagement with Shared Decision Making

In the last few decades, shared decision making in healthcare has been a popular topic. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), a consensus has emerged that decisions involving the choice among more than one reasonable treatment option should involve the patient (i.e., clinicians provide patients with information about all the options and help […]

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Population Health Links Hospitals with Community Needs

While there still may not be a consensus on the interpretation of the term “population health,” healthcare leaders in a George Washington University survey agreed that it is “an opportunity for health care systems, agencies and organizations to work together in order to improve the health outcomes of the communities they serve.” Defining it is […]

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Virtual Reality in Treatment, Training and Diagnostics

Virtual reality (VR) research and development in the medical field started to catch hold in the late 1990s when VR headsets were being marketed to the public. Since then, VR has been used in a range of healthcare-related applications. The applications are not just related to treatment and training. More recent applications of VR are […]

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Too Much Patient Satisfaction?

Patient satisfaction is an important consideration, but hospitals and health systems may be focusing too much on it as a key metric. According to a national study conducted at UC Davis by Dr. Joshua Fenton, patients who reported being most satisfied with their doctors actually had higher healthcare and prescription costs and were more likely […]

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Reduce Healthcare Improvement Fatigue

Shifting from a volume-based healthcare model to a value-based model makes sense when you consider that the U.S. trails other wealthy nations on improving health outcomes. As the healthcare industry makes this shift, hospitals and other healthcare organizations are continuing to experience a growing consequence of the pressure to assess and improve the quality of […]

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The Potential of Precision Medicine

Whether you are a critic or an advocate of President Obama’s precision medicine initiative, it is worth noting that it did not come about in the last few months. The initiative was influenced by a 2011 National Academy of Sciences report that recommended the federal government invest resources into a new way of classifying diseases by […]

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Cleveland Clinic Gives Functional Medicine Credibility

Since medical schools have taken a more active interest in teaching complementary and alternative medicine in the last few years according to U.S. News and World Report, the recent opening of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine should not seem like an unusual event. Nonetheless, this opening makes the Clinic the first academic medical center in the United […]

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