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Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient's health. Electronic communication means the use of interactive telecommunications equipment that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment permitting two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient, and the physician or practitioner at the distant site. Telemedicine is viewed as a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care (e.g., face-to-face consultations or examinations between provider and patient).
New review article discusses benefits, limitations of current screening mammography practices

New review article discusses benefits, limitations of current screening mammography practices

While screening mammography has a well-established history of reducing death from breast cancer and enabling earlier detection of breast disease, questions regarding overtreatment and overdiagnosis have entered the screening debate. [More]
BWH partners with MCHS to develop unique fetal program

BWH partners with MCHS to develop unique fetal program

Experts from BWH will partner with MCHS to provide recommendations related to the development of the program, including establishing a high-risk-fetal labor and delivery unit at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, slated to open in 2017, as well as guidance on clinical protocols and opportunities for training and education. [More]
Temple-led study shows benefits of using digital health application for COPD patients

Temple-led study shows benefits of using digital health application for COPD patients

Early intervention facilitated by a digital health application for reporting symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) provides key benefits for patients, according to the results of a Temple-led, two-year clinical study. [More]
ICDs with automated pulmonary congestion alert do not improve outcomes in heart failure patients

ICDs with automated pulmonary congestion alert do not improve outcomes in heart failure patients

Heart failure patients whose implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) include an automated alert when too much fluid accumulates in their lungs did not have improved outcomes compared to patients with regular ICDs, according to results of the OPTILINK HF trial. [More]
Research with UWF imaging may change how diabetic eye disease is assessed and treated

Research with UWF imaging may change how diabetic eye disease is assessed and treated

For decades, clinicians have detected and monitored diabetic eye disease with standard retinal photographs that cover about a third of the retina. In recent years, an emerging class of ultrawide field (UWF) cameras has given a substantially larger view of the retina, providing new insight on the presentation and natural history of retinal disease. [More]
The Iowa Clinic selects TCS' VirtuMedix platform to provide secure telemedicine services to family medicine patients

The Iowa Clinic selects TCS' VirtuMedix platform to provide secure telemedicine services to family medicine patients

TeleCommunication Systems, a world leader in secure and highly reliable wireless communication technology, today announced that The Iowa Clinic, the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty group in Central Iowa, has selected TCS' VirtuMedix platform to provide secure, HIPAA-compliant telemedicine services to its family medicine patients. [More]
Novel ESC paper highlights significance of e-health in tackling heart disease

Novel ESC paper highlights significance of e-health in tackling heart disease

E-health is vital to winning the battle against heart disease, European cardiology leaders said today in a European Society of Cardiology position paper published in European Heart Journal. The novel paper outlines how the ESC will exploit e-health in education and research, while tackling issues of quality control and data security. [More]
UT System Board of Regents approves new UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center

UT System Board of Regents approves new UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved establishment of the UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth, made possible by an extraordinary $25 million commitment from W.A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr. The Center is UT Southwestern's first named campus outside of Dallas. [More]
Survey identifies key factors linked to pediatric safety events in out-of-hospital emergent care situations

Survey identifies key factors linked to pediatric safety events in out-of-hospital emergent care situations

A national survey of more than 750 emergency medical services providers conducted by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University identified airway management skills, personal anxiety and limited pediatric care proficiency among key factors that may contribute to pediatric safety events for children in out-of-hospital emergent care situations. [More]
Mobile Stroke Treatment Units can improve survival rates and enhance patient's chance of recovery

Mobile Stroke Treatment Units can improve survival rates and enhance patient's chance of recovery

Two new studies presented today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery 12th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, report that Mobile Stroke Treatment Units (MSTUs) can significantly reduce the time it takes to diagnose and treat patients for stroke, greatly improving survival rates and enhancing a patient's chance of recovery. [More]
Six hot line sessions set to reveal latest research in cardiovascular disease at ESC Congress 2015

Six hot line sessions set to reveal latest research in cardiovascular disease at ESC Congress 2015

Six hot line sessions at ESC Congress 2015 are set to reveal the latest in cardiovascular disease research across a range of conditions and comorbidities. Hot topics include atrial fibrillation, pacing, acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, pharmacology and coronary artery disease. [More]
Retail meat harbors disease-causing Klebsiella pneumoniae, shows new study

Retail meat harbors disease-causing Klebsiella pneumoniae, shows new study

Chicken, turkey and pork sold in grocery stores harbors disease-causing bacteria known as Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a new study. The research, which was published online today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, shows that contaminated meat may be an important source of human exposure to Klebsiella. [More]
UT Southwestern named one of 'Most Wired' hospitals in nation for fifth consecutive year

UT Southwestern named one of 'Most Wired' hospitals in nation for fifth consecutive year

UT Southwestern Medical Center is on the national "Most Wired" hospitals list for a fifth consecutive year, thanks to its use of such technologies as databases to help physicians better identify high-risk patients and tools that keep physicians, nurses, and patients communicating effectively. [More]
Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf issues statement on upcoming MEDICA 2015

Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf issues statement on upcoming MEDICA 2015

To get to the top is difficult; to stay at the top is even more difficult. Every athlete knows that and this also applies to the trade show business. [More]

FSMB awarded HRSA grant to support establishment of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission

The Federation of State Medical Boards announced today an award from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support state medical and osteopathic boards in establishing a Commission to administer the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and to develop requirements for its technical infrastructure. [More]
New pilot study suggests new era of clinical research in Parkinson's disease

New pilot study suggests new era of clinical research in Parkinson's disease

A new pilot study in Parkinson's disease suggests a new era of clinical research which removes the barrier of distance for both scientists and volunteers. The research, which appears in the journal Digital Health, could also enable researchers to leverage the rapid growth in personal genetic testing to better diagnose, and potentially treat, a wide range of diseases. [More]
UA researchers awarded NIH grant to develop software that lets doctors analyze digitized biomedical data

UA researchers awarded NIH grant to develop software that lets doctors analyze digitized biomedical data

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $1.3 million grant to researchers at the University of Arizona to develop open-source software that will enable health care professionals and scientists to manage biomedical big data in digital form. [More]
Evidence-based initiative aims to prevent avoidable hospital readmissions

Evidence-based initiative aims to prevent avoidable hospital readmissions

A statewide effort led by key stakeholders in South Carolina successfully organized and implemented an evidence-based initiative aimed at improving the quality of healthcare transitions after hospital discharge to prevent avoidable readmissions. [More]

Telstra Health introduces ReadyCare telemedicine service that connects patients to doctors

Telstra Health today launched ReadyCare, its GP telemedicine service that gives Australians the choice to connect with a doctor using phone or video and receive advice, treatment, diagnosis and prescriptions. [More]
Penn State Health, CHI complete transfer of St. Joseph Regional Health Network ownership

Penn State Health, CHI complete transfer of St. Joseph Regional Health Network ownership

Penn State Health and Catholic Health Initiatives have completed the transfer of ownership of CHI's affiliate, St. Joseph Regional Health Network (St. Joseph) in Reading, Pa., to Penn State Health. [More]
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