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Hospitals Struggle with Daylight Savings Time Print E-mail
Written by Sydney Lupkin | KHN   
Monday, 05 November 2018 00:00
 
Modern technology has helped medical professionals do robot-assisted surgeries and sequence whole genomes, but hospital software still can't handle daylight saving time. For example, one of the most popular electronic health records software systems used by hospitals, Epic Systems, can delete records or require cumbersome workarounds when clocks are set back for an hour, prompting many hospitals to opt for paper records for part of the night shift. And it happens every year.
 
"It's mind-boggling," said Dr. Mark Friedberg, a senior physician policy researcher at the Rand Corp., adding that in 2018 "we expect electronics to handle something as simple as a time change. "Nobody is surprised by daylight savings time. They have years to prep. Only, surprise, it hasn't been fixed."
 
Dr. Steven Stack, a past president of the American Medical Association, called the glitches "perplexing" and "unacceptable," considering that hospitals spend millions of dollars on these systems, and Apple and Google seem to have dealt with seasonal time changes long ago.
 
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:06
 
Cleveland Clinic Unveils Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2019 Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:07
 
Cleveland Clinic recently announced the Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2019 at a multimedia presentation that capped off the 2018 Medical Innovation Summit. Now in its 16th year, the annual Medical Innovation Summit is organized by Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the development and commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic. Alternative therapies for pain. The use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. An expanded window to treat stroke patients. These are some of the innovations that will enhance healing and change healthcare in the coming year, according to a distinguished panel of doctors and researchers.

The list of up-and-coming technologies was selected by a panel of Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists, led by Chief Wellness Officer Michael Roizen, MD. "Healthcare is ever-changing and we anticipate that innovations such as cancer immunotherapy and pharmacogenomics will significantly transform the medical field and improve care for patients at Cleveland Clinic and throughout the world," Dr. Roizen says.

Here, in order of anticipated importance, are the Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2019...
 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:14
 
Desperate and Duped? GoFundMe campaigns raise millions for questionable treatments Print E-mail
Written by Medical Xpress   
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:46
 
People seeking dubious, potentially harmful treatment for cancer and other ailments raised nearly $7 million over two years from crowdfunding sites, a study found. Echoing recent research on campaigns for stem cell therapies, the findings raise more questions about an increasingly popular way to help pay for costly, and sometimes unproven, medical care.  
 
Soliciting money on GoFundMe and other sites eliminates doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and other "gatekeepers" that can be a barrier to expensive treatment, said lead author Dr. Ford Vox, an ethicist and brain injury expert at Shepherd Center rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta. His study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Vox calls it "the democratization of economic power through social media" but says it can pose an ethical dilemma. Online fundraising "has a big bright side" when it helps patients pay for legitimate care, he said." Communities are really being able to rally around people in rough times. That's fantastic, but there is this very clear dark side" when treatments sought are worthless or even dangerous.
 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:49
 
Healthcare Tops Guns, Economy As Voters' Top Issue Print E-mail
Written by Phil Galewitz | KHN   
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00
 
Healthcare has emerged as the top issue for voters headed into the midterm elections, but fewer than half of them say they are hearing a lot from candidates on the issue, according to a new poll released Thursday. Seven in  10 people list health care as "very important" as they make their voting choices, eclipsing the economy and jobs (64 percent), gun policy (60 percent), immigration (55 percent), tax cuts (53 percent) and foreign policy (51 percent). When asked to choose just one issue, nearly a third picked health care, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Still, midterm elections are traditionally a referendum on the president and his party, and that holds true this year as two-thirds of voters say a candidate's support or opposition to President Donald Trump will be a major factor in their voting decision, the poll found. 
 
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The Pentagon Wants to Weaponize the Human Brain Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 15 October 2018 10:55
 
On Thursday, 10/11/18, The Atlantic posted a fascinating feature article from their print issue coming out next month. A former University of Miami associate professor of biomedical engineering and neuroscience, who now works for the government (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon's R&D department), is quoted in the article:

"I would claim to you that these tools <computers and smart phones> are not so smart. And maybe one of the reasons why they're not so smart is because they're not connected to our brains. Maybe if we could hook those devices into our brains, they could have some idea of what our goals are, what our intent is, and what our frustration is."
 
Read more in the current issue of Week in Review>> https://conta.cc/2yEkRjU
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 18:22
 
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