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How NHS is (finally) killing the fax machine

December 20, 2018


While fax machines have become a technological relic in most industries, they have endured in the health care industry—but the United Kingdom's National Health Service is taking more aggressive measures to phase out fax machines.

Dozens of physicians failed to disclose industry ties. Should that be considered misconduct?

December 19, 2018


Dozens of physicians in the past few years have failed to disclose their financial ties to the health care industry when they have published research in medical journals, according to a New York Times and ProPublica analysis—and some experts say those lapses warrant misconduct charges.

87% of doctors say they're great at listening to patients. (But the evidence doesn’t support that.)

December 19, 2018


The vast majority of clinicians think they do a great job listening to their patients, according to a recent Medscape poll—but research suggests that is not always the case.

The 'complex,' 'messy' reality of treating international patients

December 19, 2018


U.S. hospitals annually treat tens of thousands of seriously ill patients who have travelled from abroad, but care for these patients "is complex and, often, messy," because providers lack "effective tools to screen potential patients in real-time for who would most benefit" from care in a U.S. hospital, according to Richard Leiter, a palliative care physician and researcher at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

This ED treats substance misuse. Here's how.

December 19, 2018


While emergency departments (EDs) traditionally have not had much to offer patients with substance use disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital has adopted a program to start treatment for opioid use disorder in the ED.

A human heart was left on a plane. Here's what happened next.

December 18, 2018


Last week, media reports surfaced that a human heart was left behind on an airplane, offering a rare glimpse at the nation's transplant system and the network of nonprofits that collect and transport donated organs and tissue.

75% of end-of-life surrogates are 'extremely confident' they know patients' wishes. (They're mostly wrong.)

December 18, 2018


A recent study found that 75% of patient surrogates were confident they knew their patients' wishes, but just 21% actually did.

This nurse carries naloxone to save lives—but she's been denied life insurance because of it

December 18, 2018


Isela, a nurse at Boston Medical Center's substance use disorder treatment program, was denied life insurance when the insurer learned she has a prescription for naloxone—which the nurse carries not for herself, but as part of a public health effort to help save people from overdoses.

A federal judge struck down the ACA. Here's what you need to know.

December 17, 2018


A federal judge on Friday dealt the Affordable Care Act a major blow, ruling that the entire law, including its coverage expansions, payment models, and patient protections, are unconstitutional. But legal experts and public health officials noted the ruling has no immediate effects and is likely to be appealed.

Up to 81% of patients lie to their doctors—and there's one big reason why

December 17, 2018


Patients often lie to their doctors about how often they exercise, how much they eat, and other behaviors to avoid being judged, according to a recent study—and those lies can negatively affect patients' health.

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