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Prioritizing Telemedicine Research: More Evidence Needed to Increase Adoption

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The adoption of telehealth technology continues to expand, but requires further research to fully realize the potential it has to address socially desirable goals such as improving the patient experience of care.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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Best Practices to Prevent Health Care Cyberattacks

From 2016 to 2017, the health care industry saw a rise in the likelihood of cyberattacks, due to the industry's low preparedness levels and valuable confidential data.

EHRs May Not Be Enough to Ensure Success of Value-Based Health Care

EHRs were built for a fee-for-service health care model and do not necessarily capture information needed to report for alternative payment models.

Physicians Shouldn't Refuse Treatment Based on Personal Beliefs

A recent survey examined current attitudes toward health workers and other professionals who reject patients based on conscience/beliefs.

Medicaid Expansion Helps Reduce Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs

States that expanded Medicaid cut the probability of non-elderly near-poor adults being uninsured and lowered average out-of-pocket spending.

Patient, Clinician Characteristics May Increase Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescribing

Patient, practice, and provider characteristics are associated with inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing in the outpatient setting.

Clinicians Slow to Adopt Digital Health Systems

Interim results showed that key facilitators of adoption include availability of additional resources and training, access to accurate data, positive impact on quality of care, and evidence base for the digital health solution.

Rising Health Care Prices Driving Up Spending

Americans under age 65 years who were insured through their employer spent more than ever before on health care in 2016, with faster spending growth in 2016 than in recent years.

Regulators Focused on Reducing EHR Burden

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is trying to address some of the issues relating to physician electronic health record burden, including legal requirements and federal policies.

Pharmacist-Led Education May Reduce Prescription Errors by Residents

Pharmacist feedback and education is effective at reducing prescription writing errors by residents in an inpatient setting.

24-Hour Primary Care Clinics Would Improve Continuity of Care

A 24-hour primary care clinic with multiple doctors offering round-the-clock care would actualize better and more sustainable care.

Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs Down With Affordable Care Act

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act was associated with reduced out-of-pocket spending, although increases were noted in mean premium spending.

Email Communication With Patients Beneficial for Providers

The overall satisfaction scores for healthcare providers who made their email addresses available to patients were significantly higher than those who did not.

New Nutrition Science Course Available for Physicians

The American Medical Association is offering a 3-hour online nutrition course for physicians to help patients make the nutritional changes they need to prevent and help treat heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

AMA Develops Online Tools to Address Systems-Level Burnout

The AMA underscores the organization's commitment to improving physician well-being using collaborative partnerships, targeted analytics, and expert resources.

7 Online Tools and Apps to Help Reduce Clinician Stress

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Researchers recommend 7 online tools and mobile apps to help healthcare professionals reduce stress, burnout, depression, and suicidal behaviors.

Lack of Professional, Financial Respect Key to Female Physician Burnout

Though equal numbers of men and women are now entering medical schools, the majority of physicians are still male, and female physicians face several unique stressors.

Dermatologists Often Underestimate Effect of Depression, Anxiety in Patients

Based on data from patient consultations, researchers found that the percentage of European dermatologists recognizing signs of depression or anxiety was 44% for depression and 35.6% for anxiety.

Private Equity Investment Fueling Consolidation of Dermatology Practices

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The trend of private equity investment in dermatology practices may threaten the future of autonomy among practicing clinicians.

Are Physician Salaries Driving Up the Cost of Health Care?

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Some experts claim reducing physician salaries is the answer to the growing cost of healthcare; one physician shares his opinion on the matter.

Procedural Errors, Misdiagnoses Main Source of Malpractice Claims in Dermatology

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The two most common reasons for malpractice claims against dermatologists were procedure-related errors and misdiagnoses.

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