Health Care Week in Review: Medication Problem Among Elderly, EHR Vendors Adding AI, U.S. Health Care Spending, FDA Plans to Slash Nicotine in Cigarettes

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:

•  Use of opioid drugs has risen among the elderly population, despite their vulnerability to the drugs' side effects. Pain relievers like Vicodin and Oxycontin are frequently prescribed for older people, often for falls and fractures, and when patients take both, they're at risk for overdosing.  Read More

•  Leading vendors in the electronic health record space are developing technology that incorporate artificial intelligence, or AI. For AI and machine learning to advance in health care, clean data is needed to fuel interoperability and modern data exchange.  Read More

•  In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it has been found that the U.S. spends nearly double the amount on medical care than 10 of the highest-income countries, yet performed less well on patient population health outcomes. The main drivers of the differences in spending are prices of labor and goods and administrative costs.  Read More

•  On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration announced its plans to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in the hopes of weaning millions of smokers off the deadly habit. The goal is also to prevent millions more from becoming regular smokers. Preliminary plans to cut nicotine in cigarettes tentatively begin in July.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture software.

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