Tag: Healthcare

Superbug Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found In Hospital Patients' Hands And Nostrils

Researchers in Michigan have detected superbug antibiotic-resistant bacteria among hospital patients' hands and nostrils. The findings of the study emphasize the importance of following a strict hand-washing practice.

Public Health April 16, 2019

Doctors Interrupt, Stop Listening To Their Patients 11 Seconds Into A Conversation

Doctors on average interrupt their patients 11 seconds after the latter start to speak. Specialists are less likely to give ample time to their patients. What are the factors that contribute to this kind of encounters?

Public Health July 23, 2018

Woman Trapped By Subway Train Did Not Want To Call An Ambulance Because She Can't Afford It

A woman who had an accident at a Boston train station last week asked other passengers not to call the ambulance because it is expensive. How much does an ambulance ride cost?

Public Health July 6, 2018

Fitbit Teams With Google To Give Your Data To Doctors: Will This Improve Healthcare?

Fitbit is using Google's new Cloud Healthcare API and integrating the technology into its devices. This collaboration will be aimed at giving healthcare providers more data about patients.

Wearable Tech April 30, 2018

Urine Test Ends Up Costing $17,850 After Student's Back Surgery

A Texas college student found that what she thought was a routine urine test ended up being a highly expensive one. The bill cost $17,850 after going through surgery.

Public Health February 20, 2018

Going to the doctor? Hundreds Of Physicians Are Now Using Google Glass In Their Visits

We recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Albert Chan, M.D., Sutter Health's Chief of Digital Patient Experience. He discussed why more doctors at Sutter Health are using Augmedix, a live transcription service that uses Google Glass, in addition to how it's changed the patient experience and allowed doctors more time to spend with their family members.

Wearable Tech February 8, 2018

Amazon Is Tackling Healthcare With Help From JPMorgan Chase And Warren Buffett

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase are teaming up to provide their employees with an independent healthcare company. The healthcare company is described as a long-term plan.

Business Tech January 30, 2018

Nursing Could Be A Promising Career For Men

Could nursing be the next big career opportunity for men in the United States? Find out how nursing has steadily grown as a promising career and can bring about more employment for men.

Feature | Health January 8, 2018

Reporter Arrested For Asking Questions About GOP Healthcare Bill, Health Secretary Praises Police For The Arrest

A veteran reporter with three decades of experience was arrested for repeatedly asking the Health Secretary a question about the GOP healthcare bill. Authorities charged the journalist with willful disruption of governmental processes.

Business Tech May 11, 2017

Obamacare Replacement Is Dead: Trump Administration’s Health Care Bill Pulled Out Prior To Procedural Vote

Republicans have been actively pushing to replace the Affordable Care Act despite protests but the GOP’s proposed bill is now officially dead even before Senate vote.

Public Health March 25, 2017

Colon Cancer Cases On The Rise In US: All You Need To Know

Colon cancer has become a threat for Americans as it is the second leading cause for cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to reduce and counter the risks posed by colon cancer.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 17, 2017

Cystic Fibrosis Outcomes Better In Canada Than The US: Study

Study reveals cystic fibrosis patients live 10 years longer in Canada than in the United States. Easier access to lung transplants as well as healthier diet and better health insurance could be the cause.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Conservative Activist Groups Disapprove Of House Republicans' New Health Care Plan To Replace Obamacare

The Republicans have unveiled the ObamaCare replacement bill entitled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). However, conservative groups are not pleased and called the new legislation “critically flawed.”

Public Health March 11, 2017

Venture Capital Funds Eyeing Health Tech Startups For Higher Growth

Healthcare tech startups are the new staple of many Venture Capital Funds with a high preference for domains like retail, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Yet another trend is investing in women-led startups for higher growth.

Business Tech March 8, 2017

Hacker Looks To Sell Nearly 10M US Health Records On The Dark Web

A hacker is said to have access to about 10 million health records of Americans. The hacker has posted an advertisement on the Dark Web to sell the leaked data of the patients.

Security June 29, 2016

Americans Spend Billions On Alternative Medicine But Treatments Not Covered By Health Insurance

Americans are spending billions of their hard-earned money on complementary and alternative medicine even if they're not covered by health insurance. In 2012, Americans spent more than $30 billion on complementary health in out-of-pocket expenditures.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 23, 2016

Obama Administration Takes Step To Protect Rights Of Transgender Patients

The Obama administration took steps to protect the rights of transgender patients in the country. Among the inclusions in the final rule is banning of health insurance discrimination among people with different age, sex, disability or ethnicity.

Public Health May 14, 2016

Stay Healthy With iOS: Apple CareKit Launches With Four Health Apps

Apple’s CareKit open source framework for health apps already saw attention from developers. Four health apps are now live on the platform, and they cover afflictions from diabetes to depression.

Apps/Software April 28, 2016

Veterans Still Plagued By Long Wait Time For Health Care: Watchdog

Military veterans are still faced with discrepancies in wait-times before they receive medical care, a new report says. They are waiting for a long time before they are seen by health care providers in VA outpatient clinics.

Society April 20, 2016

California Now Allows Pharmacists To Provide Birth Control To Women

California pharmacists can now provide birth control contraceptives to girls and women in the state as the law that allows it became fully effective Friday. Anyone who decides to do so has to answer a questionnaire to ensure that the method is safe for them.

Life April 9, 2016

Medicaid Expansion May Help Fight Mental Illness, Opioid Crisis

The federal government is pushing for Medicaid expansion across all states to address behavioral health issues and fight mental illness. Advocates believe healthcare barriers need to be tackled in order to do so.

Life March 29, 2016

Medicare To Help Americans At High Risk For Diabetes

Medicare announced the expansion of its Diabetes Prevention Program that helped Medicare patients lower the risk of developing the disease through weight loss and good lifestyle practices. The health practices helped save the federal health program thousands of dollars per participant.

Life March 24, 2016

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Up Risk Of Losing Health Insurance

Patients of traumatic brain injuries were more likely to lose their health insurance coverage or see changes in it. Since most people get health insurance through their job, changes in coverage emerged mostly due to changes in their employment, such as because of disability.

Life March 11, 2016

Obama Administration Proposes Changes To Lower Medicare Drug Prices

The Medicare program proposed changes that would apply to Medicare Part B, covering specialty medications like cancer drugs. The new models are aimed to promote incentives to medical providers that align with better patient care and outcomes.

Life March 9, 2016

IBM Acquires Truven Health Analytics: Here's Why It's Spending $2.6 Billion

IBM announced that it is acquiring Truven Health for $2.6 billion in cash. The deal is part of the company's focus of amassing health care data in order to expand its repository for the IBM Watson Health unit.

Life February 20, 2016

Will Robots In Healthcare Make Doctors Obsolete?

Artificial intelligence and robots for healthcare use may sound threatening to those in the medical profession, but it is not all that bad. The human touch is still irreplaceable but there's nothing wrong with welcoming robots in the hospital.

FUTURE TECH February 9, 2016

Report Finds Over 5 Million Robots Could Take Our Jobs By 2020

New research published by the World Economic Foundation found that more than five million robots will take our jobs in the next five years.

FUTURE TECH January 18, 2016

CMS Releases Final Bundled Payment Model For Hip, Knee Replacement Surgeries

Hospitals in 67 areas are required to take part in the final CMS' Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model. The final rule also moves toward telehealth services in hip and knee replacement procedures.

Life November 19, 2015

Better Care Could Save Half Of Stillborn Babies: Report

The lives of stillborn babies could have been saved if national pregnancy guidelines were followed properly by hospitals, a new report revealed. Experts are alarmed that most medical personnel are unable to detect problems during pregnancy.

Life November 19, 2015

US Government Calls On Communities To Get Covered: Obamacare Brings Uninsured Rate At New Low

The White House urges local officials from 20 key communities across the country to help them get more people gain access to affordable health coverage. At least 10.5 million eligible Americans are believed to remain uninsured.

Life November 10, 2015

Obamacare Plans Lack Reasonable Access To Medical Specialists: Study

The federal government healthcare plans may not be able to cover everyone's medical needs as effectively as hoped. A new study found that 14 percent of Obamacare plans lack access to specialists in at least one area.

Life October 29, 2015

Care For Dementia Much Costlier Than For Other Diseases: Study

A new study found that dementia care is more costly than any other diseases. Families of patients with dementia are more at risk of financial burden because some services needed for care are not covered by insurance.

Life October 26, 2015

Being Emotionally Attached To Your Work Leads To Improved Health

Having a close emotional attachment to your work will improve your overall health and well-being, a new study revealed. Researchers assessed how several factors relate to an employee’s work performance.

Society October 24, 2015

US Prescription Drug Prices Should Reflect Value They Bring To Patients, Says Expert Panel

Experts in a recent medical panel said that Americans are being “tremendously ripped off with drugs." In September, the price of HIV drug Daraprim increased from $13.50 to $750 per tablet.

Life October 24, 2015

Yoga And Meditation May Help Reduce Health Care Costs

Researchers found that people who participate in relaxation activities such as yoga and meditation significantly reduce health care costs. Researchers also said that the notions for stress-related disorders should be viewed differently.

Life October 19, 2015

US Health Systems To Lose $305 Billion Over Five Years Due To Cyberattacks, New Report Says

A new report released by Accenture suggests that healthcare providers in the U.S. will suffer losses of up to $305 billion in the next five years as a result of cyberattacks. The company said breaches in healthcare-provider systems will result in patients falling victim to medical identity theft.

Life October 16, 2015

The UK Is The Best Place To Die...And These Are The Worst

Study ranks end-of-life palliative care in 80 countries around the world. High-income countries score best, although much remains to be done, researchers say.

Life October 12, 2015

British Hospices Provide The Best End-Of-Life Care In The World, New Study Says

A new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that the UK provides the best end-of-life care among 80 countries worldwide.Other top ranking countries include Australia, Germany and the US.

Life October 8, 2015

Medics' Use Of Health Apps On Smartphones Threatens Patient Confidentiality: Study

Researches found that doctors and nurses are increasingly using smartphone health apps to relay patient information across the health care team. A campaign said that this practice may threaten patient confidentiality and safety.

Life October 8, 2015

Baptist Health, Tenet Form New Healthcare Network In Alabama

Baptist Health and Tenet Healthcare Corporation had announced their partnership to form a bigger healthcare network in Alabama. Officials of both companies said that they are excited to continue providing quality care through more enhanced medical resources.

Life October 4, 2015

California Launches Online Tool To Help Consumers Compare Healthcare Quality And Costs

California presents California Healthcare Compare, a website that offers prices for over 100 medical procedures and doctor quality ratings. It is part of the drive to increase transparency in healthcare costs.

Life September 23, 2015

IBM Acquires Merge Healthcare To Upgrade Watson Medical Capabilities

American technology company IBM announced that it will purchase medical image company Merge Healthcare Inc. for $1 billion and combine it with its own health analytics division supported by the IBM Watson supercomputer.

Life August 8, 2015

Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders Wants To Support Single-Payer Health Care

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has expressed his support for a single payer health care system at an event culminating the 50th anniversary of Medicare.

Life July 31, 2015

US Government Recovers $3.3 Billion From Health Care Fraud

Millions of Americans suffer the consequences brought on by those who abuse the health care system. The U.S. government's efforts have, however, paid off as billions of dollars are recovered from health care fraud.

Life March 21, 2015

One-Third Of Americans Live Over An Hour Away From Advanced Stroke Center

A new study reveals that one-third of U.S. citizens are living at least one hour from the nearest stroke center. Closer proximity or a faster means of transport to such a facility can greatly reduce a potentially deadly result due to a stroke, claims new research.

Life March 8, 2015

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