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Pricing tools can save patients thousands of dollars. So why do so few providers use them?

July 9, 2019

While many health systems struggle to implement price transparency tools, Allina Health in Minnesota has successfully implemented a tool that gives physicians real-time information about how much patients' prescriptions will cost.

10 big medical myths, busted

July 8, 2019

A meta-analysis recently published in the journal eLife identified nearly 400 routine medical practices that have been debunked by studies in leading journals, and the New York Times' Gina Kolata rounded up 10 "of the most notable findings."

The boy 'was quickly running out of options.' Then, researchers brought in the zebrafish.

July 8, 2019

A boy living with a rare genetic condition was running out of treatment options when a genetically engineered zebrafish saved his life—a medical feat that his doctors say demonstrates precision medicine's potential to treat disorders beyond cancer.

1 in 7 unresponsive brain injury patients experience 'hidden consciousness.' Could it predict their odds of recovery?

July 8, 2019

Doctors for years have known brain injury patients who are otherwise unresponsive can experience so-called "hidden consciousness," and now, researchers believe those signs of consciousness could be used to predict patient recovery.

Does the media ignore nurses? A recent study suggests it does.

July 8, 2019

It has been more than 20 years since a landmark study found nurses were severely underrepresented in news coverage—and a recent replication found that nurses are still sources for just 2% of quotes in health news stories, freelance journalist Kerry Dooley Young writes in a Medscape perspective.

Cancer patients keep winding up in the ED. Should they have their own urgent care centers instead?

July 8, 2019

Urgent care centers specifically designed for patients with cancer might reduce patients' emergency department utilization in the first six months of diagnosis, helping them avoid the risks associated with a hospital visit and lowering the overall cost of care, according to a new study.

1 in 4 hospitals aren't properly handling 'never events,' according to Leapfrog

July 3, 2019

Roughly one in four hospitals do not meet the Leapfrog Group's standard for appropriately responding to a "never event," according to a Leapfrog report released Thursday.

Are annual checkups worth it?

July 3, 2019

Annual checkups originally were designed to detect early signs of disease, but recent research has clinicians debating whether annual medical exams are worth it, Rita Rubin, a senior writer at JAMA, writes in a medical news and perspectives article.

The health care companies among the 'Best Places to Work in IT'

July 2, 2019

Computerworld's 26th annual list of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT" included various health care companies.

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