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Alphabet has made an offer to acquire Fitbit

October 29, 2019

Sources on Monday told Reuters and CNBC that Alphabet, Google's parent company, has made an offer to acquire Fitbit—a move that could make Alphabet a major player in the wearable fitness tracker market.

Did your period-tracking app say you have a disorder? Here's why some experts are skeptical.

October 29, 2019

Period-tracking apps like Flo and Clue are releasing assessments that help determine users' risk of hormonal disorders—but experts say the assessments often are inaccurate and might cause unnecessary worry.

The 5 keys to value-based care, according to Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison

October 28, 2019

As the health care industry moves toward value-based payment models, Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison writing in Harvard Business Review offers his five principles to implementing a successful value-based care program.

Why a popular algorithm showed bias toward white patients (and how it can be fixed)

October 28, 2019

A widely used algorithm is more likely to classify white patients as needing follow-up care than comparably ill black patients, according to study in the journal Science—and the study's senior author said it is "inconceivable" that other common algorithms do not have similar flaws.

Are the stethoscope's days numbered?

October 25, 2019

The stethoscope is a stalwart in medical technology and a symbol of the medical profession, but recent advances in technology could mean the device's days are coming to an end.

An exclusive (but growing) club: The doctors with licenses in all 50 states

October 24, 2019

As demand for telemedicine grows, more doctors are seeking licenses in multiple states so they can tap into the technology to treat patients across state lines—and some are even getting licensed in all 50 states.

Cleveland Clinic and American Well are launching a big telehealth bet: 'The Clinic'

October 23, 2019

Cleveland Clinic and telehealth company American Well on Monday announced a partnership to provide comprehensive and high-acuity specialty telehealth consults with Cleveland Clinic specialists through a new platform called The Clinic.

More patients are getting health care via text message—and that's worrying some providers

October 18, 2019

Companies such as CirrusMD, 98point6, and K Health provide care to patients quickly via text message, but while these services are growing in popularity, some experts worry that the practice could lead to lower-quality care and overprescribing.

The top 10 (preventable) patient-safety concerns for 2020

October 11, 2019

ECRI Institute has released its annual list of the 10 biggest patient-safety concerns in 2020, with misuse of surgical staplers ranking No. 1.

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