Voice-recognition system promises to automate data entry during office visits. While alluring to doctors, the technology poses thorny questions, including whether patients will be comfortable inviting a third-party company with a camera and microphone into a conversation with their doctor

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The general theme of digital health care is easy to grasp — maybe too easy. Somewhere, right now, a hopeful CEO is making a pitch to a potential investor about how its new digital product or service will transform health care and improve outcomes, reduce costs, and save time. The story works

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A study in Washington state found that in a single year more than 600,000 patients underwent treatment they didn’t need, at an estimated cost of $282 million. “Do no harm” should include the cost of care, too, the report author says

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Earlier this evening, the House of Representatives released the most recent draft of the 21st Century Cures Act, which has ballooned from a 200-page discussion draft in April 2015 to a 996-page draft version today

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To protect people participating in medical research, the federal government decades ago put in place strict rules on the conduct of human experiments. Now the Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a major revision of these regulations, known collectively as the Common Rule. It’s the first change proposed in nearly a quarter-century

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“That [goal] sounds pretty good,” Avorn says. But he says the bill is “loaded with a lot of provisions that were heavily influenced by pharmaceutical and biotech and medical device lobbyists that really do some pretty worrisome things.”

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‘Region-selective’ pluripotent cells raise possibility of growing human organs in animals

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Join our Cynda Rushton as she presents this free #nursingethics webinar on quality and efficiency in healthcare. Monday July 28, 2014. 7-8pm EDT.

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