New federal rules give patients access to their full medical records, including clinicians' notes, which advocates say will empower patients and improve provider-patient communication. But some warn that descriptions of clinical assessments are easily misinterpreted and clinicians will become overly circumspect to avoid upsetting patients, creating gaps and ambiguity.
Microsoft has reportedly offered about $56 per share, or $16 billion, for Nuance Communications, which makes speech-recognition software used to transcribe medical notes, customer service calls and voice messages.
A doctorate has become the terminal degree in many health care fields, while health information management education generally terminates at the bachelor's degree, but HIM professionals have opportunities to advance their education beyond the baccalaureate level and bolster their careers, writes AHIMA Fellow Ellen Karl, the academic director for HIM and health services administration programs at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Until accredited HIM master's degree programs are widely available, pursuing specialty credentials can bolster career trajectories, she writes.
Not all primary care providers are adept at applying theories of probability in diagnosis and clinical practice, and they may be prone to overestimating risks both before and after testing, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Discomfort with estimating probability could lead to overtreatment, and the researchers are developing a website to help guide primary care professionals in understanding and ordering diagnostic tests.
Nine hospitals in Alberta, Canada, are reducing acute care capacity for two weeks while a centralized digital record-keeping system is installed at 24 health care sites throughout the province. The shift to a single digital record system will replace more than 1,300 independent systems in use now and is expected to be completed at all Alberta Health Services hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and laboratories by 2023.
Patients who received care for an acute respiratory infection were similarly unlikely to seek follow-up care within a week at an emergency department regardless of whether the initial visit was by direct-to-consumer telehealth or in person, researchers reported in Health Affairs. However, about 10% of the telehealth group sought follow-up care in an office or urgent care clinic or by telehealth, compared with about 6% of the in-person group, and first author Kathleen Li said the difference may be because direct-to-consumer telehealth providers often lack access to the patient's health records.
Predictive algorithms can not only suggest music or movies of interest but also crack the code of Alzheimer's disease, cancer and other illnesses by learning how proteins behave, researchers reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers said their findings could enable scientists to "correct the grammatical mistakes inside cells that cause disease."
Actor and director Justine Bateman's book "Face: One Square Foot of Skin" includes interviews with women about their aging faces. "I hated the idea that half the population was perhaps spending the entire second half of their lives ashamed and apologetic that their faces had aged naturally," Bateman wrote.
Millennials may blame baby boomers for problems from climate change to the economy and student debt, but a look back at policy to the Reagan administration suggests a more nuanced picture, and the accusations fail to take into account the social good achieved during those years, writes Tara Sonenshine, a former US undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Sonenshine says it's true that the US needs younger adults to step up to leadership roles, but adds that millennials should also work with baby boomers, not against them.
Age discrimination laws need to be strengthened because adults are working longer in their careers or may want a bridge job to take them from their career to retirement, according to a Brookings Institution report. There are federal and state laws protecting people from age discrimination, but cases most often arise from less obvious conduct, such as negative stereotypes about older workers, and data find older job seekers take longer to get hired.
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