Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Past studies have struggled to determine whether workplace wellness programs actually improve the health of employees and if it’s worth the $8 billion industry that it’s become. A large-scale study, recently published by the University of Chicago and Harvard, has discovered that incentives and a more targeted approach to these programs may be the key to positive health outcomes. Read More
• Telehealth is currently being utilized by 1 in 5 physicians, a 5% increase since 2015, and is expected to skyrocket in the next few years. A new survey from American Well, found a correlation between physicians’ likelihood to use Telehealth and physician burnout. Read More
• OrthoAtlanta, one of the largest physician-owned orthopedic and sports medicine practices in the greater Atlanta area, has started using an AI-powered, voice-enabled digital assistant, named Suki. The technology leverages artificial intelligence to become a digital scribe, capable of completing notes to ease the burden of documentation by clinicians. The practice saw their average note completion time decrease significantly and, overall, resulted in many other advantages. Read More
• A hand-held ultrasound scanner, called the Butterfly iQ, is being utilized in rural countries that have limited access to X-ray machines, CT and MRI scanners. In some African villages, the scanner is being used to check for pneumonia and other potentially fatal conditions. The battery powered device, which can connect to a mobile phone, is expected to have huge diagnostic potential. Read More
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