Research

Researchers have developed a patch that can monitor a patient’s condition and release blood-thinning medication to avoid dangerous blood clots.

Microsoft has announced the creation of four different teams of researchers all with a common enemy: cancer.

Researchers from Microsoft have shown an ability to identify internet users with pancreatic cancer by analyzing large amounts of search engine entries, even before they received a diagnosis.

If healthcare providers are to succeed in incorporating clinical evidence into both the EHR and daily clinical care, they must adopt nimble decision-support tools that automatically trigger at a critical point in the clinical visit and include recommendations specific to the particular patient being seen. 

BOSTON—“Blockchain is going to be the most disruptive technology in this space aside from data analytics,” predicted John Mattison, MD, chief medical information officer and assistant medical director for Kaiser Permanente, speaking at Bio-IT World Congress.

In contrast to claims that telehealth can solve numerous healthcare problems, including access to care, a paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research says research on the practice is overly positive because it is often based on short-term projects.

A review of more than 1,000 healthcare related-apps found that less than half appeared to be useful for their potential for patient engagement while also offering high quality and safety, according to an issue brief published by New York City-based The Commonwealth Fund.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors has approved $70 million for nine new patient-centered research projects focused on conditions ranging from ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a very early-stage, localized type of breast cancer to diabetes, chronic lung disease and migraines.

More thorough studies are needed to determine the effect health data exchange has on clinical outcomes, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

More research is needed for better informed policy and practice decisions for the use of telehealth, according to a draft technical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

BOSTON—With studies indicating that only 55 percent of patients receive the recommended care, “there are big opportunities for improvement," said David Bates, MD, MSc, chief innovation officer at Brigham & Women’s Medical Center in Boston, speaking at the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $9.75 million to University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) over the next five years for creation of Health ePeople, a platform that will enable investigators to conduct mobile and wireless health research.