Health care providers have to insert long strings of text into patients' medical records to ensure nothing about the encounter is omitted and all legal bases are covered, but much of the text has little or nothing to do with actual patient care, writes physician Fred Pelzman. Instead of check boxes and macros, health care providers should be able to simply "put down what the patient told us, what we asked and what they answered, what we examined, what we thought, and what we want to do next," Pelzman writes.
Regina Barzilay, who studies artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developed a deep learning model for breast cancer screening, risk modeling and diagnosis after her own experience with breast cancer. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and Squirrel AI Learning awarded Barzilay the inaugural $1 million Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence to Benefit Humanity for her work on AI for early cancer detection, drug discovery and other health care applications.
Athens Orthopedic in Georgia agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement a corrective action plan to settle allegations of ongoing, systemic noncompliance with HIPAA, including failure to train staff adequately or to have business associate agreements. The Dark Overlord hacker group gained access to the practice's network using a vendor's credentials, and unauthorized access continued for over a month, exposing patients' names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, medical procedures, test results and health insurance information.
Microsoft is integrating its Teams videoconferencing platform into EHR systems for telehealth visits. Microsoft's Teams EHR connector enables health care providers to schedule patient visits and launch telehealth sessions from the current workflow, and patients can use a mobile device or web browser for visits.
Up to half of the 10 million outpatient antibiotic prescriptions written in US emergency departments each year aren't appropriate or necessary, and customizing clinical decision support tools for the unique environment of an ED could improve antimicrobial stewardship, researchers reported in Applied Clinical Informatics. Standard CDS systems don't account for rapid decision-making and frequent interruptions characteristic of an ED, researchers reported.
Age Equity Alliance executive director Sheila Callaham writes that the TV show "Schitt's Creek," which recently won nine of 15 Emmy nominations for a comedy series, is inclusive and diverse, making top older characters as important as younger ones during its six-season run. "In an industry where older characters have been long overlooked and misrepresented, the success of this age-inclusive series is particularly refreshing," Callaham says.
A US Census Bureau report found that Ohio is the only state to have two large cities, Cleveland and Cincinnati, ranked among the top 10 most impoverished cities. Emily Campbell of the Center for Community Solutions said increasing numbers of older adults living in poverty was a factor in Cleveland's No. 1 poverty ranking.
A study published in JAMA Network Open found when older breast cancer patients continued to take opioid medications in the year after cancer treatment, there was an increased risk of drug-related adverse events, but misuse was less common than other problems, such as gastrointestinal and cardiovascular events, infections, and falls or fractures. Researchers wrote that initiatives to improve opioid prescribing focus on preventing misuse rather than other serious opioid-related harms in at-risk populations, including older adults.
Wireless technologies will not replace in-person caregiving but can make a significant difference in the lives of older adults and help them live independently. An Apple Watch can come with electrocardiogram capabilities, some hearing aids have a fitness app and use artificial intelligence to monitor activity levels, and SmartSole insoles can help families track the activity of loved ones with dementia.
The New York State Office for the Aging, the Association of Aging in New York, and aging tech firm BellAge have partnered to create a free COVID-19 online assessment. The CV19 CheckUp tool is a quiz that evaluates a person's risk for getting COVID-19 and how severe the virus might be if they do contract it.
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