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The Future of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

The Future of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

By 2030, robots will likely replace 800 million workers. Will physicians make the cut?

Four Principles Underlie Patient and Family Partnership in Care

Four Principles Underlie Patient and Family Partnership in Care

Patient and family partnership in care should include treatment of patients and families with dignity and respect, their active engagement in all aspects of care, and their contribution to the improvement of health care systems and education of health care professionals.

Poorer Health, Health Behaviors Increase Risk for Hospital Readmission

Poorer Health, Health Behaviors Increase Risk for Hospital Readmission

Older patients with poor health, health behaviors, social support, and self-efficacy are more likely to have an unexpected readmission to the hospital.

Hospital Work Environment Associated With Patient Safety Outcomes

Hospital Work Environment Associated With Patient Safety Outcomes

The results of a recent survey of thousands of nurses and patients show that hospital patient safety remains a serious concern.

Decreased Health, Social Service Utilization Among Immigrants Following 2016 Presidential Election

Decreased Health, Social Service Utilization Among Immigrants Following 2016 Presidential Election

Health and social service utilization decreased in immigrant communities after the 2016 presidential election.

Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors

Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors

Data from patient- and family-reported error narratives indicate that problems related to patient-physician interactions are major contributors to diagnostic errors.

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Physicians-in-Training

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Physicians-in-Training

By collecting data on suicides by medical students, residents, and fellows, the American Medical Association hopes to identify ways to reduce suicides among physicians-in-training.

Does Neighborhood Gentrification Affect Long-Term Health Outcomes?

Does Neighborhood Gentrification Affect Long-Term Health Outcomes?

A neighborhood's "phase" of gentrification may be predictive of certain health disparities among residents.

#MeToo Movement: Public Health Challenges, Benefits Examined

#MeToo Movement: Public Health Challenges, Benefits Examined

Researchers are concerned that the increased focus on sexual harassment resulting from the #MeToo campaign may cause negative health outcomes.

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Medicare costs may be contained by incentivizing multisector health activities, according to researchers.

Assessing Insurance Coverage Trends in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the Post-ACA Era

Assessing Insurance Coverage Trends in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the Post-ACA Era

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults still delay medical care due to cost despite having access to insurance coverage.

Medicaid Expansion Approved in 3 Republican-Leaning States

Medicaid Expansion Approved in 3 Republican-Leaning States

Hundreds of thousands more low-income Americans could get health insurance after voters in three Republican-leaning states approved Medicaid expansion in the midterm elections.

Pharmacist-Led Intervention Reduces Inappropriate Prescriptions for Older Adults

Pharmacist-Led Intervention Reduces Inappropriate Prescriptions for Older Adults

A pharmacist-led intervention has the potential to reduce prescriptions for inappropriate medication in older adults.

Food Sustainability and Public Health: What Is the Physician's Responsibility?

Food Sustainability and Public Health: What Is the Physician's Responsibility?

As the global population grows, food sustainability and its effect on public health becomes even more important.

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

The patient-facing PREPARE advance care planning program plus an easy-to-read advance directive significantly increases documentation of advance care planning and patient-reported engagement.

Challenges in Nutritional Counseling for Patients Living in Food Deserts

Challenges in Nutritional Counseling for Patients Living in Food Deserts

Nearly 12% of Americans live in households considered food insecure.

HHS: Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Released

HHS: Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Released

This guidance, updated for the first time since 2008, provides evidence-based recommendations for children (ages 3-17) and adults.

Progress Toward Goals in Global Health Is Slowing

Progress Toward Goals in Global Health Is Slowing

Global progress in health has slowed, and improvements in health have been unevenly distributed.

Patients Using GoFundMe Platform to Raise Funds for Scientifically Unsupported Medical Treatments

Patients Using GoFundMe Platform to Raise Funds for Scientifically Unsupported Medical Treatments

GoFundMe, one of the largest crowdfunding sites, reported that medical campaign funding has increased $2 billion from 2015 to 2016.

Trump Administration Finalizes Birth Control Coverage Opt-Out

Trump Administration Finalizes Birth Control Coverage Opt-Out

A birth control coverage opt-out for employers was finalized by the Trump administration on Wednesday.

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

The $67 billion merger between Cigna and Express Scripts will be the first of its kind.

Stakeholders Must Consider All Aspects of Produce Prescription Programs

Stakeholders Must Consider All Aspects of Produce Prescription Programs

There are several concerns associated with produce prescription programs, despite the benefits to patients.

How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

Employer-sponsored wellness programs can put physicians in an unenviable position.

Steps to Improve Nutritional Counseling in Clinical Practice

Steps to Improve Nutritional Counseling in Clinical Practice

The modern American diet is widely recognized as a major determinant of morbidity and mortality.

Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

The American Heart Association and others are urging the court to reconsider changes to short-term limited-duration insurance plans.

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

The 23andMe Personal Genome Service Pharmacogenetic Reports test can detect 33 variants for multiple genes, corresponding to more than 50 commonly prescribed medications and over-the-counter products.

Health Enterprise Zone Initiative Reduces Hospitalizations, Costs of Care

Health Enterprise Zone Initiative Reduces Hospitalizations, Costs of Care

Maryland's Health Enterprise Zone Initiative reduced hospitalizations and led to net cost savings.

Individual vs Community Needs: Should Hospitals Subsidize Expensive Lifesaving Care for Foreign Patients?

Individual vs Community Needs: Should Hospitals Subsidize Expensive Lifesaving Care for Foreign Patients?

Experts debate whether it is ethically permissible to provide life-saving treatment to a non-US citizen who does not have health insurance.

Mortality Rates for Young People in US Declined From 1999 to 2015

Mortality Rates for Young People in US Declined From 1999 to 2015

Mortality rates for infants and youths generally declined in the United States from 1999 to 2015, though they remain higher than rates in Canada and England/Wales, with especially high rates among black and American Indian/Alaskan Native youth.

Community Health Worker Support Beneficial for Low-Income Patients

Community Health Worker Support Beneficial for Low-Income Patients

A standardized community health worker-delivered intervention, Individual Management for Patient-Centered Targets, improves patient-perceived quality of care and reduces hospitalizations for low-income patients with chronic diseases.

Many Hospitals Noncompliant With Record Request Regulations

Many Hospitals Noncompliant With Record Request Regulations

Among top-ranked U.S. hospitals, data reveal discrepancies in information provided to patients regarding medical records release processes as well as noncompliance with state and federal regulations.

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Reduce Drug Prices

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Reduce Drug Prices

In an effort to reduce high drug costs, the prices paid by Medicare for certain prescription drugs would be based on those in other advanced industrial nations.

Addressing Current Challenges in Nutritional Epidemiologic Research

Addressing Current Challenges in Nutritional Epidemiologic Research

The field of nutritional epidemiology needs radical reform.

Most Dietary Supplements Contain Prohibited Stimulants

Most Dietary Supplements Contain Prohibited Stimulants

Many supplements contain one or more stimulants that have been the subject of U.S. Food and Drug Administration-issued public notices.

Multicomponent Intervention Can Reduce Sitting Time at Work

Multicomponent Intervention Can Reduce Sitting Time at Work

A multicomponent intervention (Stand More At [SMArT] Work) can reduce sitting time over the short, medium, and long terms.

An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

The "deep learning" approach to artificial intelligence allows computers to perform diagnostic tasks with accuracy comparable to that of trained medical professionals.

Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Researchers found a limited association between the ranking of a physician's medical school and patient mortality or readmission rates.

AHA, ADA, and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

AHA, ADA, and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

More than 25 professional medical and patient advocacy organizations are in opposition to the Trump Administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Inadequate Reimbursement May Inhibit Diabetes Prevention Program

Inadequate Reimbursement May Inhibit Diabetes Prevention Program

The costs of delivering a new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) may be higher than the expected reimbursement.

High Cost of Clinical Trials Under FDA Pediatric Exclusivity Program Examined

High Cost of Clinical Trials Under FDA Pediatric Exclusivity Program Examined

The costs to patients are high when trials are carried out under the FDA's pediatric exclusivity program.

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Data show that there is a significant difference in how black patients are treated compared with patients of other races.

Supporting the Transition From Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Supporting the Transition From Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Guidelines have been updated to support the health care transition from adolescence to adulthood.

The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

The progression from personalized medicine to wellness genomics as mapped by researchers began with pioneering work on the molecular genetic code.

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

The use of an artificial intelligence algorithm could become valuable for medical decision-making processes.

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved.

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Physicians are evenly divided on the importance of considering societal cost and resource allocation while providing individual patient care.

Exploring the Effect of Data on Precision Medicine Research

Exploring the Effect of Data on Precision Medicine Research

Electronic health records can offer information on social and behavioral data, which can aid research investigating genetic and social factors across health disparities.

Sharp Decrease in US Life Expectancy Rankings by 2040

Sharp Decrease in US Life Expectancy Rankings by 2040

The United States will have the largest drop in life expectancy rankings of all high-income countries by 2040.

Nutrition Tips for Physicians: Staying Healthy During Busy Days

Nutrition Tips for Physicians: Staying Healthy During Busy Days

Between the double shifts and stressful days, keeping energy up and eating right can seem like an insurmountable challenge.

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

Two Stanford researchers sought to study the effects of diversity on health care among men of color.

Industry-Funded Trials Often Involve Employees in Studies

Industry-Funded Trials Often Involve Employees in Studies

Industry employees are often involved in the design, conduct, and reporting of industry-funded trials in high-impact journals.

Causes of Burnout in Resident Physicians Examined

Causes of Burnout in Resident Physicians Examined

Career choice regret, specialty choice, and anxiety in medical school have been linked with elevated rates of burnout in resident physicians

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Doing without medical care is much more common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid than among low-income people in other states.

Addressing Ethical Challenges Associated With Precision Medicine

Addressing Ethical Challenges Associated With Precision Medicine

There is a continual debate regarding which approaches should be used to base stratification of patients to precision therapy.

Unapproved Active Pharmaceuticals Identified in Many Dietary Supplements

Unapproved Active Pharmaceuticals Identified in Many Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements often include active pharmaceuticals, even after warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

Physician employment contracts include a number of bonuses and benefits that can be included or negotiated.

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Prices of prescription drugs in short supply between 2015 and 2016 were found to increase more than twice as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage.

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

The role of mHealth technologies, including smartphone applications and wearable sensors that enable real-time health monitoring, has become more prevalent within the last decade.

Minority Residents Experience Burdens Linked to Race, Ethnicity

Minority Residents Experience Burdens Linked to Race, Ethnicity

Minority residents describe burdens associated with race/ethnicity, including microaggressions and bias on a daily basis.

High Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

High Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

Universal health coverage has been proposed as a way of improving access to healthcare in low- and middle-income countries.

FDA Announces Draft Guidance for Consumer OTC Access to Previously Prescription Drugs

FDA Announces Draft Guidance for Consumer OTC Access to Previously Prescription Drugs

The US Food and Drug Association has issued a draft guidance for helping prescription medications gain approval for nonprescription status.

Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

Medical residents should start budgeting and save for the future.

Reducing EHR Burden With Medical Scribes

Reducing EHR Burden With Medical Scribes

The use of medical scribes for electronic health record documentation reduced primary care physician burden.

Overall Population Well-Being Inversely Related to Healthcare Spending

Overall Population Well-Being Inversely Related to Healthcare Spending

The overall well-being of a geographically defined population was inversely associated with the amount Medicare spent on its fee-for-service beneficiaries.

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Racial insensitivity, stereotyping, and racially based decisions continue to occur in medical school admissions, recruitment, and management, as well as patient care.

Sexual Harassment, Assault Tied to Women's Health Issues

Sexual Harassment, Assault Tied to Women's Health Issues

Sexual harassment and sexual assault among midlife women are associated with poorer physical and mental health.

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

Whether you're interested in writing for healthcare blogs or dabbling in a subject outside the realm of medical care, there's something for anyone with an interest in a side hustle.

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

In preparing to interview to hire a new physician, practices must understand their own cultures.

Generic Medications Offer Savings vs Brand-Name Combination Treatments

Generic Medications Offer Savings vs Brand-Name Combination Treatments

The difference in spending by Medicare on brand-name combination medications and the cost of the equivalent generic constituents was an estimated $925 million for 2016.

Some US-Based Physicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use

Some US-Based Physicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use

A considerable proportion of clinicians and patients report having recorded a clinic visit for the patient's personal use.

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Doctors

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Doctors

Having a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) can help doctors with important, practice-related decisions.

Education Can Increase Emotional Intelligence in Residents

Education Can Increase Emotional Intelligence in Residents

Following an educational intervention, residents from pediatrics and med-ped residency programs have an increase in total emotional intelligence.

Caring for Carriers: Do Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Results Have a Place in Primary Care?

Caring for Carriers: Do Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Results Have a Place in Primary Care?

A case and commentary published in the AMA Journal of Ethics discusses the ethics of primary care physician response to direct-to-consumer genetic testing results of concerned patients.

Clinical Practice Guidelines Must Reduce Risk for Bias

Clinical Practice Guidelines Must Reduce Risk for Bias

Clinical practice guidelines are an important part of medical practice, but scarce funding for updates and the risk for bias have raised challenges.

Could "Disruptive" Innovation Improve US Population Health?

Could "Disruptive" Innovation Improve US Population Health?

Partnerships between the healthcare community and the technology sector can strengthen the development of evidence-based, HIPAA-compliant, clinical resources.

Large Reduction in Uninsured Americans From 2013 to 2016

Large Reduction in Uninsured Americans From 2013 to 2016

From 2013 to 2016 there was a reduction in uninsurance among Americans from 17 to 10 percent.

Providers of Pediatric Care Have Role in Supporting Transgender Youth

Providers of Pediatric Care Have Role in Supporting Transgender Youth

The AAP recommends that youth who identify as TGD have access to comprehensive, gender affirming, and developmentally appropriate health care.

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

The most common electronically sent and received types of patient health information (PHI) include laboratory results and medication lists.

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Grateful patient philanthropy — donations often made "in response to excellent medical care" — comprises approximately $10 billion in charitable giving to health care centers per year.

Research Links Burnout to Patient Safety Incidents, Lower Satisfaction

Research Links Burnout to Patient Safety Incidents, Lower Satisfaction

Physician burnout is associated with increased risk of patient safety incidents, poorer quality of care due to low professionalism, and reduced patient satisfaction.

Examining Hospital Cost-to-Charge Ratios to Insurers and Patients

Examining Hospital Cost-to-Charge Ratios to Insurers and Patients

On average, hospitals mark up drugs by 479 percent of their cost.

Bioethics Concerns Should Be a Key Element in mHealth Technology Development

Bioethics Concerns Should Be a Key Element in mHealth Technology Development

With the ubiquitous availability of digital technology such as smartphones, smart watches, health-related apps, and patient monitoring devices, the era of mHealth is upon us.

Dozens of Medical Groups Join Forces to Improve Diagnoses

Dozens of Medical Groups Join Forces to Improve Diagnoses

Every nine minutes, a patient in a U.S. hospital dies because a diagnosis was wrong or delayed -- resulting in 80,000 deaths a year.

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

A flexible overall performance score that can be modified in real time by users may be the most optimal method for generating relevant reviews for specific patient interests.

Fundamental Institutional Change Is Needed to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

Fundamental Institutional Change Is Needed to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released 15 recommendations for university staff, students, legislators, and professional organizations to eliminate sexual harassment.

Association Health Plans Can Help Small Businesses Offer Coverage

Association Health Plans Can Help Small Businesses Offer Coverage

Association health plans will provide small businesses with more choices, access, and coverage options, although critics warn that they may undermine the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

Situation Framing, Language Can Influence Decision-Making

Situation Framing, Language Can Influence Decision-Making

How a situation is framed and the language used to describe risks can influence patients' decision-making.

Gains in Insurance Coverage Seen for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Adults

Gains in Insurance Coverage Seen for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Adults

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults report continued problems affording care despite coverage gains offered by the Affordable Care Act.

Cochrane Data Release and the Case for "Open Science"

Cochrane Data Release and the Case for "Open Science"

Cochrane's current policies allow only specific individuals with full library access to view and reuse data reports in their entirety.

Shift Seen From EDs to Urgent Care for Low-Acuity, Acute Care

Shift Seen From EDs to Urgent Care for Low-Acuity, Acute Care

From 2008 through 2015, there was a substantial shift in venue in which acute care for low-acuity conditions was sought.

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

The American Heart Association has updated their disaster resources page with the latest tips to keep in mind when counseling patients ahead of a natural disaster.

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

Health care is a leading producer of environmental pollutants, but there's reason to be hopeful this will change.

Medical Schools Phase Out Lectures as Education Shifts Outside the Classroom

Medical Schools Phase Out Lectures as Education Shifts Outside the Classroom

Medical students are choosing to forego lectures to use the time studying for the Step 1 exam instead.

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Medical residents can take steps to maintain their energy and alertness during long shifts.

Hospitals Using Two Strategies to Improve Quality, Lower Costs

Hospitals Using Two Strategies to Improve Quality, Lower Costs

Hospitals receiving bundled payments are reducing skilled nursing facility (SNF) use and improving care integration to improve quality and control costs.

Many Opportunities for Doctors Using Twitter

Many Opportunities for Doctors Using Twitter

Doctors can use Twitter to build networks and learn more about research in real time.

HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

With its expansion into the healthcare industry, Amazon has taken one more step towards total domination.

Physicians, Consumers Agree on Benefits of Virtual Care

Physicians, Consumers Agree on Benefits of Virtual Care

Physicians and consumers agree on the benefits of virtual care, but physician adoption of virtual care technologies is low.

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