Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• According to new research published in Family Medicine, family providers are spending more time completing electronic health record (EHR) work than looking at patients during visits. While technology can provide automation and efficiency that many hospitals find appealing, the downfall is that they can also steal providers' face-to-face time away from patients. Read More
• When you feel that tickle rising into your nose or throat, your first instinct may be to suppress a sneeze or cough by covering your mouth with your hand. While your efforts to stop the spread of germs are valiant, covering your mouth using your hand might actually be just as risky as sneezing out into the open air. Unless you plan to wash your hand immediately after sneezing into it, you're likely still spreading germs through everything you touch thereafter. Sneeze into your sleeve and stop those germs from spreading! Read More
• Apple plans to launch a medical practice this spring, called AC Wellness. The hope is to test potential consumer-facing health services and products with Apple employees first. There will also be two primary care clinics for Apple employees in Santa Clara County. This news comes shortly after Amazon's announcement that it will partner with JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway to launch an independent health care company. Read More
• Another big tech company is taking to the health care industry. Uber is teaming up with health care organizations to provide rides for patients going to and from medical appointments without even needing to open the Uber app. That means patients without a smartphone can become Uber customers because rides can be schedule for patients through their doctor's office. Uber is hoping to break the transportation barrier that often impedes access to good health care. Read More
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