Healthcare News & Insights

Are tablets and smartphones tools or distractions?

Is the prevalence of gadgets in health care a good thing for patient care? Or is it too much of a tempting distraction?

Survey: Patients want more online access to docs

As more people default to doing everything from paying bills to ordering groceries online, they also want to handle more of their health care online.

More hospitals using iPads at the patient bedside

A recent survey shows the iPad and other Mac products making significant inroads among users in the health care field.

Treated to death

Despite, or because of, mind-boggling advances in medical technology, many people at the end of life are suffering harder, more painful deaths. How do we balance the hope of a cure against the reality of death?

Are you ready for robots working in the ER?

Robot medical techs could be the latest trend in Emergency Department management, if a proposal by Vanderbilt University Medical Center gains any traction.

Tech tools aid in providing true informed consent

It’s not uncommon for patients to be too scared or confused to fully understand the information their doctors are giving them regarding a planned procedure. Health care providers have new tools that help both parties.

AMA adopts social media policy for docs

Nearly everyone has at least dipped a toe into the social media waters. But as useful as the tools are, they have real dangers for physicians and health care organizations.

Social media: How well does it work in health care?

Lots of businesses are using social media sites to promote themselves and provide information to clients. How well does that strategy translate to health care?

Study: Why docs won’t email their patients

Only 7% of physicians regularly use e-mail to interact with patients. Why don’t more busy docs use this time-saving tool?

Are EHR shortcuts causing as many problems as they solve?

Using electronic health records can make visits more efficient  for both patients and health care providers. But overuse of certain kinds of shortcuts turns that benefit into a potential problem.