Artificial Intelligence and the Augmentation of Health Care Decision-Making

As the complexity and cost of health care increase, many health care institutions have turned to information technology as a means of improving patient care. Electronic medical records, patient portals, digitized medical devices, and even wearables are becoming more broadly used. These systems have been largely transactional, but artificial intelligence (AI) systems that are capable … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence and the Augmentation of Health Care Decision-Making

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There are plenty of spanners in vast machinery of public health

Over the past decade, "crisis" has been used to describe the provision of public health services in SA. But it would be unfair to describe the entire system as crisis-ridden. Certain sectors of the system are approaching a dysfunctional state while in others achievements have been made. For some years now, a string of research … Continue reading There are plenty of spanners in vast machinery of public health

How an Alaska HIE is Improving its Patient EHR Matching Strategy

healtheConnect Alaska — formerly the Alaska eHealth Network — is taking steps to overhaul and optimize its health information exchange (HIE) services with an emphasis on improved patient EHR matching. Problems with patient EHR matching have long since been a source of frustration for healthcare organizations, HIEs, and regulatory bodies. Organizations including CHIME and ONC … Continue reading How an Alaska HIE is Improving its Patient EHR Matching Strategy

How Google, Microsoft, Apple Are Impacting EHR Use in Healthcare

Large technology companies are likely going to continue to affect EHR use in healthcare, especially as they file healthcare patents and develop innovative ways to improve patient care. Google, Apple, and Microsoft are just three of the increasingly key players in healthcare, a recent Kalorama report noted, with the three companies filing over 300 healthcare patents … Continue reading How Google, Microsoft, Apple Are Impacting EHR Use in Healthcare

How Digital Patient Outreach Tools Boost Preventive Care Visits

For Dana Wolf, a quality programs lead at a South Carolina pediatric clinic, adopting text message-based patient outreach tools was like setting a slow cooker. Wolf and her team could onboard patients into the outreach system and, like clockwork, each patient and her parent or guardian would receive an appointment scheduling reminder. “It's a set … Continue reading How Digital Patient Outreach Tools Boost Preventive Care Visits

Wonder drug helps fight against drug-resistant TB

A death sentence. That is how the deadliest form of tuberculosis (TB) is often described. But breakthrough data from South Africa on the blockbuster anti-TB drug bedaquiline could change the fate of people with extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). The country is leading the way in the fight against drug-resistant TB (DR-TB), changing the prognosis for … Continue reading Wonder drug helps fight against drug-resistant TB

Knives out for Motsoaledi over controversial #NHI

A pressure group has joined growing calls for Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi’s head in a fierce fight linked to the looming introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI). The onslaught on Motsoaledi is coming from a pressure group of professional health practitioners and academics. The 99 individuals in a list seen by The Star are … Continue reading Knives out for Motsoaledi over controversial #NHI