AI in the future of GI

There’s a common misperception that artificial intelligence refers to robots doing humans work, someone wearing a virtual reality headset, or a machine taking decision-making processes away from human beings. Quite the contrary, artificial intelligence augments the abilities of people involved in complex tasks to make better decisions, quicker decisions, and sort out the wheat from

49% of Americans are concerned about healthcare data security

Almost half of Americans are extremely or very concerned about their healthcare data security, such as diagnoses, health history, and test results, according to a survey of more than 2,000 US adults by The Harris Poll on behalf of healthcare marketing firm Scout. The survey also found that US adults are most concerned about previously diagnosed medical

Couldn’t we do so much more with a truly integrated EHR?

One of the great promises of the push to EHR’s was the integration of risk across multiple related people. Sure, it’s nice to not have medical errors come up due to bad handwriting, and even nicer to have a linear record of your health–we won’t get started on the idea of being able to access

Online reviews influence patients’ choice of physicians

An Oliver Wyman survey of 4,000 consumers, presented at the Health Datapalooza conference, showed that 83% use online patient-generated reviews to choose a physician. Respondents said the medical practice qualities they look for the most are professional skill, shared decision-making, respectful treatment of patients, responsiveness to phone calls and acceptance of insurance. Online reviews influence

Microbots Could Deliver Drugs by Tumbling Through the Body

A new type of microbot that moves by tumbling through almost any kind of terrain–even liquids–could help usher in a new medical era. The tiny machines could be used for various medical applications, including super-focused drug delivery, breaking up blood clots, or closing off bleeding vessels. The “microscale magnetic tumbling robot,” or μTUM (microTUM), is about

Artificial Intelligence Improves Colonoscopy

The use of artificial intelligence can increase the accuracy and sensitivity of adenoma detection during colonoscopy, even for small lesions, a new study shows. The results were discussed by Dr. William Karnes of the University of California at Irvine at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017. Dr. Yuichi Mori of Showa University in

App Improves Quality of Life With IBD

App use increases patient engagement, yields better health outcomes Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who used a collaborative disease management app saw a significant improvement in care and quality of life (QoL), researchers reported here. Among 320 patients with IBD, those randomized to HealthPROMISE — an app designed to increase patient engagement and self-management skills —

Computer-Simulated Tests Eyed at FDA

Computer simulations may get a role alongside human testing as part of an effort to bring new medications and medical devices to market more quickly and cheaply. The approval process for medical devices and drugs could incorporate computer modeling and virtual testing in an effort to modernize and streamline the regulatory pathway and make drugs

“Patient navigators boost colonoscopy success”

A study published in Cancer examined if patient navigation impacted colonoscopy outcomes. Here’s what they found: 1. Patients in the navigated group were 11.2 times more likely to complete colonoscopy than control patients. 2. Navigated patients were 5.9 times more likely to have adequate bowel preparation. 3. Navigated patients also missed no appointments compared to

“Doctors spend progressively more time in electronic records”

Researchers find doctors spent an average of 3.08 hours on direct patient care and 3.17 hours on the computer during any given workday. The time spent on the electronic record varied greatly between physicians. Despite this, the time doctors spent online has increased steadily over the years. Progress notes accounted for the largest chunk of