Tag Archives: medicine

Does social media really make a difference in vaccination rates?

By | March 8, 2019

Social media companies face increasing scrutiny for amplifying fringe anti-vaccine sentiment amid measles outbreaks in several states like Washington. In response, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest recently made headlines by announcing initiatives to reduce vaccine misinformation on their platforms. Brendan Nyhan, a professor of public policy at the Ford School, recently wrote in “The New York Times” that while… Read More »

U-M Precision Health use case to focus on mobile technology and mental health

By | February 27, 2019

Precision Health at U-M is is funding a new use case focused on the effects of wearable and mobile technology on mental health outcomes. The project, “Enhancing Mental Health Care through Mobile Technology,” is led investigators Amy Bohnert and Srijan Sen from Michigan Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Researchers will use machine learning to identify key predictors of treatment… Read More »

Beyond the hype, what are the risks and rewards of Artificial Intelligence in health care?

By | February 15, 2019

Artificial Intelligence has received tremendous attention for its ability to transform how health care uses Electronic Health Records. EHR are already an invaluable tool for organizing a patient’s demographic information and their past and current medical data. EHR can support physician decision-making, help increase the efficiency of administrative processes, and make clinical data available to researchers for advancing… Read More »

Protecting medical devices from cybersecurity threats

Medical devices capable of transmitting health information and connecting to Michigan Medicine’s networks offer improvements to the effective delivery of patient care, but they also may introduce privacy and security concerns. Michigan Medicine’s Information Assurance (IA) program has been raising awareness of these concerns and developing new approaches to address these vulnerabilities. As a major step, Michigan Medicine… Read More »

Most patients wary, unaware of benefits of using health portals

By | December 4, 2018

Two-thirds of patients who visited a doctor in 2017 did not use a health portal that could help improve their health in the long run, according to a new study by U-M. Health portals—secure online websites that give patients 24-hour access to health information—can enhance patients’ engagement in their own health, said lead author Denise Anthony, professor of… Read More »

Anatomage Table gets reservation and system updates

There have been some major changes with the Anatomage Table in the Taubman Health Sciences Library. For those unfamiliar with the tool, the Anatomage Table is the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education and is being adopted by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions. It has been featured in the TEDTalks Conference,… Read More »

Virtual visits provide patients with care from the comfort of their homes

This wasn’t how Terri wanted to spend her weekend. It was Friday night when she first started noticing signs of a urinary tract infection. She had a busy schedule, and now this recurring condition was threatening to derail her plans. Hoping for quick relief, Terri signed into MyUofMHealth.org and initiated an eVisit by answering a series of questions… Read More »

HITS publishes 2017-18 Year in Review

This month marks two years since Health Information Technology & Services formed. To celebrate its anniversary, HITS published a Year in Review, which highlights the organization’s major accomplishments, measures the breadth and impact of Health IT, and introduces inspiring staff who play a key role in advancing the mission of Michigan Medicine through technology. “The publication also reflects our efforts… Read More »

Michigan Medicine CIO addresses the biggest misconception about health IT

Becker’s Healthcare recently interviewed Andrew Rosenberg, MD, Michigan Medicine CIO and associate professor of anesthesiology and internal medicine. Rosenberg addressed what he believes is the biggest misconception about health IT, as well as the most (and least) exciting things he see happening in the field. Rosenberg will present a keynote address during the Becker’s Hospital Review 4th Annual Health… Read More »

U-M startup uses analytics to improve patient monitoring

By | August 3, 2018

When U-M researchers started getting spontaneous hugs from nurses while testing Fifth Eye, their new patient monitoring system, they knew they were on to something. Developed using machine learning and sophisticated signal processing, Fifth Eye monitors a single streaming EKG lead. Based on the activity of the heart, the system’s analytics can predict if a patient will deteriorate several hours… Read More »

New instructional technology for Flint’s radiation therapy program

Julie Hollenbeck, radiation therapy program director, shared the benefits and significance of UM-Flint’s recent purchase of leading-edge simulation equipment in a Q&A with the Flint’s Communications and Marketing team. Out of 85 programs in the U.S., 23 have a Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Trainer (VERT) for its students. UM-Flint us the only program in Michigan to purchase the system. This… Read More »

Videoconferencing improves liver disease care

U-M gastroenterologist Grace L. Su believes providing the option of videoconferencing for liver disease patients who are unable to make multiple office visits to specialists improves the provided care. Su and her team determined in a study that patients of primary care physicians who used video consultations with liver disease specialists had a 54 percent higher survival rate than… Read More »

Michigan Medicine awarded $440,000 for health IT contributions

Michigan Medicine received $440,000 in invoice credit from its electronic health record vendor for taking steps to support continuous improvements in patient outcomes, quality of care, workflow efficiency, and financial performance. Epic recently awarded Michigan Medicine with Magna Cum Laude status in its Honor Roll Program. The recognition program is based on achieving continuous improvements in patient outcomes,… Read More »

U-M to host Precision Medicine World Conference focusing on Big Data

The 14th Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) will take place at U-M’s Ross School of Business, June 6-7, 2018. The conference coincides with U-M’s launch of a Precision Health research initiative, which combines biomedical expertise, big data, and the social sciences enabling a comprehensive approach to providing patients with tailored health solutions. The conference program, which will focus… Read More »

How telemedicine can be a key lifeline after surgery

By | April 12, 2018

A growing number of Michigan Medicine patients are participating in an innovative new approach to patient care: Surgery eClinics, which facilitate follow-up visits via video conferencing. The concept of telemedicine and video medicine isn’t new. But its application in the field of surgery has been relatively limited. Similar to the house calls of old, the virtual clinic approach… Read More »

To fight fatal infections, hospitals may turn to algorithms

By | February 14, 2018

Jenna Wiens, a computer scientist and assistant professor of engineering at U-M, helped create an algorithm to predict a patient’s risk of developing a C-diff infection (CDI), one of the deadliest killers in American hospitals. The algorithm uses a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning to extract warning signs of disease from patients’ vital signs and other health records—constellations of symptoms, circumstances,… Read More »

Barcode scanning eliminates breast milk misadministration

Thanks in part to a barcoding system developed by Health Information Technology & Services, C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital (C&W) virtually eliminated the misadministration of breast milk to infants in their care. C&W is home to the first 24/7 formula and breast milk preparation room in a pediatric hospital nationwide. Opened in 2011, the Milk… Read More »

EHR prompts improve chronic disease management and preventive care

Something exciting is happening at Michigan Medicine. And U-M patients are benefiting. In recent months, the screening rate for depression symptoms in patients who had diagnosis of depression in last 12 months rose from 10 percent to nearly 70 percent. The rate of lung cancer screenings in smokers doubled. And the hepatitis C screening rate improved fivefold among… Read More »

Our nurses know: Technology

Karen Hollingsworth, R.N., M.S., CPHIMS, was recently interviewed by Michigan Medicine Headlines about her progression from nursing to IT. The Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) senior director began her career as a staff nurse — a position that exposed her to informatics and electronic health records. The emphasis on technology made it easy for Hollingsworth to transition… Read More »