Information technologyHealth apps: Unlimited promise or 'like having a really bad doctor' | Los Angeles Times
There are currently 165,000 healthcare apps available and some can even diagnose skin cancer. Experts recognize their potential but also caution that regulation can fall behind the pace of innovation, and that can be dangerous for consumers.
New Vermont technology: The doctor will track you now | Burlington Free Press
Doctors in Vermont can better track their patients' movement within the healthcare system under a data pilot program funded by a federal grant. The web application, called PatientPing, will “ping” doctors with information about when a patient is admitted, discharged or transferred from a hospital.
PharmaceuticalsGeneric drug helps multiple sclerosis damage in mid-stage trial | Bloomberg
The generic allergy drug clemastine fumarate may help patients who suffer from multiple sclerosis rebuild eye nerves. The drug is an over-the-counter option to compete with current therapies from companies like Biogen.
PhysiciansPatients can keep primary care doctors on retainer under bill OK'd by governor | Lincoln Journal Star
A Nebraska bill allowing patients unlimited consultations and an annual physical exam for a monthly retainer, and with no insurance required, was signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts last week.
Safety, quality and clinical practiceMiami hospitals report among nation's highest rates of C-sections | Miami Herald
A Consumer Reports analysis of over 1,200 hospitals in the United States revealed that hospitals in Florida performed cesarean sections for about 32% of low-risk pregnancies in 2014, second only to Washington, D.C. And Miami hospitals performed c-sections for about 40 out of every 100 deliveries, according to the study.