Electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of U.S. healthcare organizations. Many are now offering patients the ability to review notes taken during their visits by their physicians through secure patient portals. A recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, from researchers at OpenNotes and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showcases exactly what patients value in having the ability to view visit notes.

Researchers from Stanford University have utilized smartphones to track activity levels in 700,000 people from 111 countries to possibly identify a correlation between number of steps, environment and obesity rates.

Searching symptoms online could impact how much patients trust professional diagnoses. A study, set to be presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, analyzes how patients receiving health information online can lead to more skepticism when it comes to a physician's diagnosis. 

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a web-based calculator identifying patients at high risk for readmission to administer preventive treatment and avoid eventual readmission.

Researchers from Umea University in Sweden have developed datasets capable of mapping the 3D transfer and volume of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The development of such technology could improve visual and quantitative information to be used as reference content for future diabetes 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.