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Polluted Water Diseases – An Olympic Challenge

August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

One concern during the Rio Olympics was the level of water pollution. It was uncertain if the waters were safe enough to be used for Olympic competitions.  The World Health […]

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The Many Faces of Sepsis (5): Progression from a Community Acquired Infection

August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Community acquired infection is an important cause of sepsis. While most infections do not result in sepsis, the sheer number of infections patients can contract is very large. Some patients […]

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Medical Calculators Online for Sports-Related Conditions

August 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Olympic medals, elite athletes, and non-stop television coverage. You can’t turn on the TV, read an article, or scroll through your Facebook news feed without seeing images and videos of […]

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Medical Algorithms for Back To School Health

August 4th, 2016|0 Comments

With the turn of the calendar to August and department stores putting out the back to school sales, it is important to review medical conditions that come with heading back […]

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Case Study: Cancer, Sarcoid, or Rose Thorn Infection?

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

This case study highlights medical calculators and analytics which can be instrumental in a physician’s clinical decision making process, especially when the diagnosis can be complicated due to the patient’s […]

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Many Faces of Sepsis (4): Sepsis Criteria for Vulnerable Patients

July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Some patients may be more prone to sepsis than others, often because of a defect in their host defenses. It is important to recognize this group since management of the […]

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Online Medical Calculators and Pokemon Go… A Perfect Catch

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Depending on your age, you may or may not remember the original Pokemon craze in the United States many years ago. Now, fast-forward to 2016 with the release of the […]

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Use of Depression Screening Questions to Help with Diagnosis

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

It’s no surprise that patients will often defer or deflect from certain topics while talking with their primary care physician. This is usually because they are embarrassed or because they […]

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Many Faces of Sepsis (3): Obscure Causes Sepsis Infection

June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Our third article in the series on sepsis, centers on obscure causes that sometimes make sepsis difficult to diagnose. Throughout the discussion, we suggest relevant analytics  from our clinical knowledge base, which […]

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July Phenomenon: Overcoming Medical Resident Anxiety

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

The July phenomenon is something that is discussed every year in teaching hospitals in the United States. With the calendar turning to July 1, new surgical and medical resident physicians are […]

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Many Faces of Sepsis (2): Pediatric and Neonatal Sepsis Algorithms

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

This second article in our series on sepsis, centers on this complex clinical problem in infants and children. Throughout the discussion, we suggest relevant pediatric and neonatal sepsis algorithms from […]

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Summertime Ailments: Patients with Hot Tub Itch, Sunburns & Bites

June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Preparing for Summer: Using our Medical Algorithms platform to review common situations

Summer is approaching. With the warm weather comes the opening of community swimming pools, outdoor activities, and unfortunately, summertime illnesses. Whether […]

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Many Faces of Sepsis (1): Cancer Therapy and Management Febrile Neutropenia

June 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

The purpose of this case study is to highlight ways in which medical algorithms can be integrated into the clinical decision making process.  This case study is the first of […]

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How to Identify Listeria Monocytogenes Symptoms, Sources, Risk Factors

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Recently, a nationwide recall of frozen food items was instituted as a result of potential bacterial contamination from Listeria monocytogenes. The food items included cover more than 300 products sold […]

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Improve Outcomes with Surgical Risk Calculator Bundle

May 12th, 2016|0 Comments

At a recent Infection Control meeting, a case was brought up for discussion. It involved a revision (“redo”) orthopedic procedure that was very complicated and prolonged. Every risk factor for […]

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Case Study: High School Sports Concussions

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

High School Sports Concussions
Lucy, a 15-year-old female is competing in a karate tournament a few hours from her home. She is a black belt and has been working very hard […]

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Case Study: Liver Trouble & Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis NASH

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

This case study introduces a patient with non alcoholic steatohepatitis and related conditions, along with suggested medical calculators which can help healthcare professionals assess, diagnose and manage these conditions.

Bob is […]

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Internet of Things Healthcare

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Internet of Things – Healthcare Division
You may have heard the term, Internet of Things, mentioned in various articles, blogs, or newscasts. For those that think it is just another turn […]

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How Medical Algorithms Can Help with End of Life Issues

April 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Recently the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new CPT codes (99497, 99498) to encourage advance care planning (ACP) discussions with patients during the annual wellness visit (AWV). The […]

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Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis & Spring Allergies With Health Analytics

March 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Spring is here and with a turn of the calendar, warmer temperatures, and outdoor activities, comes the symptoms of sneezing, sniffling, stuffy nose, watery eyes, and coughing. These symptoms make up […]

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Case Study: 81-Year-Old Woman with a History of Hereditary Hemolytic Anemia

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

The purpose of this case study is to demonstrate how medical algorithms can be integrated into the clinical decision making process when a patient presents with hereditary hemolytic anemia.  Throughout the […]

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How to Reduce Paperwork & Time Needed for Insurance Prior Authorizations

March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Using Medical Algorithms to Increase Likelihood for Prescription Coverage with Insurance Prior Authorization
We present two cases demonstrating how algorithms available online have helped to reduce paperwork and physician/staff time completing prior authorization […]

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10 Basic Rules for Clinical Algorithm Development

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Keeping an Eye on the Prize: 10 Basic Rules for Clinical Algorithm Development

While at the HIMSS16 conference last week in Las Vegas, we were asked to provide some simple guidance for people […]

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Case Study: A Teacher With Signs Liver Problems

February 28th, 2016|0 Comments

We present this case study to provide guidance on how best to utilize medical calculators to assist with diagnosis and treatment for this patient.  In the discussion section, we recommend […]

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5 Medical Calculators to Assist Students on Neurology Rotations

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

For many medical students, learning about neurology and incorporating textbook information into clinical practice can be difficult. Use of medical calculators can help medical students excel on their neurology rotations […]

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Case Study: Cold Agglutinin Disease

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

In this case study, we provide background and discussion on cold agglutinin disease. Throughout the case, we recommend medical algorithms from our knowledge base which can be used to aid […]

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Aedes Mosquitoes & Zika Virus Infection: What You Need To Know

February 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Recently, a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, known as Zika, has had its first known case diagnosed in the United States. Health officials in Dallas, Texas reported that a person who […]

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Can Medical Algorithms Help to Reduce Telemedicine Liability?

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Telemedicine has come a long way over the past 20 years. Modern technology has made it accessible to an extent undreamt of a few years ago. The communication infrastructure and […]

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Case Study: Young Male with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

January 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Jeff is a 23-year-old male with a history of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Because of their progression and a clinical diagnosis, he was placed on Etanercept in 2011. This significantly improved his […]

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Utilizing Medical Calculators to Think Like A Doctor

January 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Summary and response to the New York Times Well article: Think Like A Doctor: Thinner

We present a succinct overview of the case presented in the New York Times Well article, […]

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Case Study:  Female Smoker with Shortness of Breath Symptoms

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Case:  48 year old female with shortness of breath symptoms
Throughout this case study, we reference relevant medical algorithms that can help physicians more quickly and thoroughly diagnose, assess, and manage health […]

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The Ubiquity of Algorithms in Medicine

January 8th, 2016|0 Comments

As algorithms in medicine become more widely accepted–as they now are in other disciplines–they will eventually become ubiquitous. The need for increased efficiency, cost containment, and improved quality will be […]

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Poisonous Holiday Plants & Other Dangers Case Study

December 17th, 2015|0 Comments

The purpose of this case study is to highlight how medical algorithms can be used by physicians to evaluate risk and obtain information on the diagnosis and management of illnesses […]

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Utilizing Medical Algorithms to Think Like A Doctor: Scurvy Case

December 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Summary and response to the New York Times Well article: Think Like A Doctor: Limping Along
We present a succinct overview of the case presented in the New York Times article […]

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How Medical Algorithms Are Used in Clinical Trial Design

December 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Clinical trials play an important role in evidence-based medicine. It is necessary to know how a therapy performs under controlled conditions in order to determine if it is effective. Medical […]

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Case Study: e Coli Food Poisoning – Taken Out by a Toxic Taco

November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

This case study focuses on the outbreaks of e coli food poisoning similar to those at the Chipotle Mexican Grill which have been in the news recently.  With medical algorithms, healthcare […]

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Utilizing Medical Algorithms to Think Like A Doctor

November 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Summary and response to The New York Times – Well article: “Think Like A Doctor: The Quarterback’s Headache.” We present a succinct overview of the case presented in The New York […]

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Case Study: 45-Year-Old Male with Abdominal Ascites Symptoms

November 12th, 2015|0 Comments

This case study is interpersed with medical algorithms to illustrate how they can be utilized in clinical practice to help physicians obtain quick, reliable results.  

Donald is a 45-year-old obese […]

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Embracing Disruptive Information Technologies in Healthcare

November 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Some aspects of medicine have not changed very much over the centuries. As new decision support systems become available some of these vestiges may be replaced by automation. Physicians are […]

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Case Study: An Unlucky Potluck Dinner – Foodborne Illness Outbreak

October 30th, 2015|0 Comments

This case study illustrates how medical algorithms can be successfully integrated into the clinical decision making process to achieve quicker and more accurate results.

Upon waking on Tuesday morning, Bob […]

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Improving Geriatric Nutritional Assessment with Medical Algorithms

October 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Malnutrition is a known risk factor for early hospital readmission amongst geriatric patients. Identifying and improving the nutritional status of an admitted patient to the hospital is of utmost importance. […]

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How Medical Algorithms Can Help Detect a Lyme Disease Tick Bite

October 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Steven, a 17-year-old male, visited his primary care physician with a complaint of facial droop. He first noticed the droop earlier that day while looking in the mirror and brushing […]

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Case Study: How Analytics Aid in Making an Early Leptospirosis Diagnosis

October 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Throughout this case, health analytics are referenced that help physicians make an early leptospirosis diagnosis.  Other analytics referenced aid in diagnosis, assessment, and disease management.  When integrated into clinical decision […]

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Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare with Automated Medical Algorithms

October 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

In September, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report titled Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. This report is a follow up to earlier revealing reports published To Err is […]

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Case Study: Adenocarcinomas and Their Often Misleading Symptoms

September 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Medical History

Jane is a 40-year-old, married mother of two teenage boys.  She teaches at the local elementary school and has been in good health for most of her life. She […]

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Using Algorithms with Medical CME Courses

September 18th, 2015|0 Comments

While spending a recent weekend at a medical conference, listening to lecturers, looking at the research posters, and earning Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit, I remembered learning early in medical school […]

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Why MedalPacks? Automated Medical Calculator Collections

September 11th, 2015|0 Comments

A medical algorithm (medical calculator) that is used by itself can solve a specific problem. However, medical algorithms must be used in concert with many others in order to achieve […]

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Case Study: Subcapital Hip Fracture and DVT

September 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Medical History

Norma is a 60-year-old obese female with a relatively uncomplicated medical history.  She has a great family life, spends plenty of time with her children and grandkids, and overall […]

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Five Gastroenterology Calculators for Diagnosis, Prognosis, & Research

August 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons for patients to seek medical evaluation. With over 7 million visits per year, primary care physicians and emergency room physicians are […]

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5 Ways to Use Cardiology Algorithms for Monitoring & Research

August 21st, 2015|0 Comments

There have been numerous stories over the past several years highlighting how mobile health apps and devices have assisted in the diagnosis and treatment plan of people around the world. […]

  • Getting a Handle on Big Data with Medical Algorithms

Getting a Handle on Big Data with Medical Algorithms

August 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Big data is a hot topic now, as massive amounts of data are being collected on everyone. People are asking each other, “Now that I have all of this data, […]

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Case Study: Surgical Site Infection: Methods of Prevention & Tools for Predicting Risk

August 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Medical History
A 55-year-old white male has degenerative arthritis of the knees. 10 months ago, the patient underwent total knee replacement on the left knee without complication. The surgical incisions […]

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7 Medical Algorithms to Use with Apple ResearchKit Apps

July 31st, 2015|0 Comments

“In March, 2015, Apple released an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone® […]

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9 Algorithms for Travel Health Medicine

July 24th, 2015|0 Comments

This time of year finds many of us traveling to far-off destinations. We usually will plan the trip using algorithms such as web-based tools and personal heuristics. Most trips go […]

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Diagnosing Rare Diseases Disorders with Medical Algorithms

July 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Primary care physicians often have the unique task of deciding whether a patient who presents with an uncommon constellation of symptoms warrants a workup and referral for a possible rare […]

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How Automated Medical Algorithms Can Improve Patient Safety

July 10th, 2015|0 Comments

GA Miller studied the limits of human cognition. He found that the number of discrete items that a person can handle at any one time ranges from 5 to 9 […]

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Using Medical Algorithms as Clinical Prediction Tools

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Advances in medicine bring new imaging, technologies, medications, and the desire to have better prediction models for clinical outcomes. Physicians, researchers, and other members of healthcare teams are now in […]

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Congestive Chart Failure and Electronic Health Record Systems

June 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Years ago you could find patient charts on the oncology or transplant service that were a foot thick or more. Clerks placed everything coming in on a patient in the […]

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Using Algorithms to Assist With Medical Research Studies

June 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Medical research is one of the main reasons why the medical profession as a whole is able to continually refine and advance medical techniques and technologies. However, conducting medical research […]

  • How to Use Medical Algorithms During Global Disease Outbreaks

How to Use Medical Algorithms During Global Disease Outbreaks

June 5th, 2015|0 Comments

One of the most fearful events in medicine and population health is an infectious disease outbreak. From the recent measles outbreak beginning at Disneyland in early 2015, we are reminded […]

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Can Algorithms Help with Medical Patient Education?

May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

We’re entering a new world of patient-centric healthcare, one in which patients can be better informed, collect endless data related to their condition, and more fully participate in medical decision […]

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How Algorithms Can Help with ICD 10 Code Lookup

May 21st, 2015|0 Comments

You’ve seen it advertised through medical association emails, heard about it in the doctor’s lounge, and maybe even had some nightmares about it. The ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth […]

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How to Use Clinical Decision Support Systems for Prescription Reimbursement

May 13th, 2015|0 Comments

The  Affordable Care Act has led to an increase in the number of people with access to the US healthcare system, which in turn, has increased the number of prescriptions […]

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9 Factors That Can Cause Clinical Algorithm Failure

May 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Although an entomologist can see a certain beauty in the most annoying insect, there is nothing attractive about a computer “bug”. These failures in software or hardware can sometimes be […]

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How to Practice Evidence Based Healthcare in Clinical Settings

May 1st, 2015|0 Comments

As physicians, we recognize the importance of evidence based healthcare.  Having  evidence to back up our decisions strengthens our assessments and can give us greater confidence in the treatment paths we […]

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Risks to Patient Safety: Calculating Algorithms by Hand

April 24th, 2015|0 Comments

While medical algorithms can be valuable decision support tools, calculating them by hand can bite you. With hand calculations, the clinician could be risking the patient’s life.

Data is the lifeblood […]

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Wearable Technology Gadgets, Medical Algorithms, & Your Doctor

April 17th, 2015|0 Comments

You probably have seen the commercials, online ads, and numerous tweets, blogs, and posts about the just released Apple watch. This smart watch is the next (and arguably the most […]

  • Can We Really Trust Accountable Care Organization Models (ACOs)?

Can We Really Trust Accountable Care Organization Models (ACOs)?

April 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Accountable Care Organization models (ACO) are mandated to reform healthcare and to change the way it is delivered. To achieve its goals an ACO has to be cost-conscious and constantly […]

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Medical Tools: How to Eliminate Unnecessary Tests

April 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Nearly every physician who has worked in an emergency department will concur with the fact that MRI or CT scans are often ordered without being medically necessary and instead, are […]

  • How to Use Decision Support Tools in Medical School

How to Use Decision Support Tools in Medical School

March 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Many changes are taking place in medical school curriculums to reflect shifts in the practice of medicine and evolving student learning habits. With such fundamental changes underway, it’s now […]

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Population Health Strategies, Medical Algorithms, and You

March 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Is population health the future of healthcare? Physicians are told population health strategies will solve many of our current problems, providing better care to all segments of society at a […]

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How Physicians Can Expand Their Clinical Knowledge Base

March 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Starting in medical school, students must learn how to quickly and successfully search through thousands of easily accessible research studies to find which ones will help them to better understand […]

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The Future of Healthcare: Telemedicine, Digital Health, and Medical Calculators

March 6th, 2015|0 Comments

With an estimated 1,000,000 telemedicine consults performed in 2014, the floodgates have opened as digital health startups, established providers, and health insurers move into the digital health/telemedicine space. These […]

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What is a Medical Algorithm? Medical Algorithm Definition

March 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

“Algorithm” is a term that has a long and rich history in mathematics. However, it is a term that may have different meanings for different audiences.

Medical Algorithm Definition
An […]

  • Why Don't Physicians Use Healthcare Algorithms?

Why Don’t Physicians Use Healthcare Algorithms?

February 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Algorithms are used in many fields, such as finance, engineering, and aviation. They are used in healthcare, but the usage is only a tiny fraction of its potential. So why […]

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Precision Medicine Initiative & Medical Algorithms: Looking to the Future

February 20th, 2015|0 Comments

First receiving mention a few years ago, precision medicine, has entered the spotlight with a request for $215 million from President Obama to finance The Precision Medicine Initiative. Precision medicine […]

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Just in Time Medical Knowledge in a Disposable Society

February 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Historically, medical knowledge has been hard to come by, taking years of study. While this knowledge may be available from many sources it can be complex and is often hard […]

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How Medical Algorithms Can Improve Doctor Patient Communication

February 6th, 2015|0 Comments

I saw it every day while in medical school and residency; attending physicians cowered behind a computer screen, attempting to feverishly click or type in the patient encounter note while […]

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Your Knowledge, the Right Tool, a Better Outcome…How Medical Treatment Algorithms are Shaping Modern Physicians

January 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Remember back in the prehistoric days before the Internet? Before Facebook, before Google, before smartphones? When you needed to find medical information, you hoped you saved that particular journal in […]

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How Can Automated Medical Algorithms Help Physicians?

January 16th, 2015|0 Comments

When faced with a new technology the first thing that many clinicians ask is how it is going to help (or hurt) them. It is not uncommon nor unreasonable to […]

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Do Computers Have to Interfere with Doctor Patient Relationships?

January 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

Do Computers Have to Interfere with Doctor Patient Relationships?

The relationship between the doctor and patient is at the heart of medicine. Yet today, it’s not uncommon for patients to complain […]