A Frost & Sullivan report predicts the global cloud-based medical imaging informatics market will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 23.8% over the next several years, with total revenue increasing from $285.4 million in 2016 to $830.5 million in 2021. Researchers said cloud-based platforms could help broaden the base of prospective users and increase market access for developers of imaging applications.
The number of uninsured Americans rose 1.3 percentage points, or about 3.2 million people, in 2017, according to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-being Index. People between the ages of 18 and 25, black and Hispanic people, and people with household incomes of less than $36,000 a year experienced the biggest drops in coverage.
Rats and the fleas they carried have long been assumed to have spread plague in Europe during the 14th through 19th centuries, but researchers reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that humans and the fleas and lice they carried were more likely the culprits in seven of the nine cities studied. Lead researcher Nils Stenseth said the findings underscore the importance of hygiene and interpersonal contact in disease outbreaks.
Animal behaviorist Con Slobodchikoff learned that North American prairie dogs have a language for communicating complicated instructions and commands, and he and his colleagues developed an algorithm to covert the prairie dogs' vocalizations into English. Now the scientists are using machine learning to develop a similar algorithm to translate dog behavior and vocalizations into English.
Hancock Health in Greenfield, Ind., shut down its computer network after a hacker encrypted the system's data using ransomware. Hospital officials paid $55,000 and said an analysis showed that no data was stolen.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that type 2 diabetes patients who received a subcutaneous injection of semaglutide 1.0 mg had an absolute 1.5% reduction in their A1C level after 56 weeks, compared with 0.9% among those on 2.0 mg of exenatide extended release. Researchers used a cohort of 813 patients with diabetes inadequately controlled by oral agents and found that the semaglutide group also experienced a 5.6 kg reduction in mean body weight, compared with a 1.9 kg reduction with exenatide, and had less common injection-site reactions than the exenatide group.
Researchers evaluated 10-year data from the Norwegian prescription database involving more than 100,000 diabetes patients and found that those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes had a 26% and 11% lower risk of migraine, respectively. The findings in Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache did not determine why people with diabetes might have a protective effect against developing migraines.
Type 1 diabetes patients on insulin pump therapy were more likely to have two-hour postprandial glucose levels between 70 mg/dL and 180 mg/dL if they used the VoiceDiab system, an automatic bolus calculator that uses speech recognition technology for descriptions of meals, for four days than the unsupported group, according to a study in the Journal of Diabetes. Polish researchers based their findings on data from a randomized, crossover study involving 44 diabetes patients.
Health care has passed manufacturing and retail to become, for the first time, the biggest source of jobs in the US. An aging US population, the stability provided by public health program funding, and an industry sector that's more resistant to globalization and automation were factors leading to the rise of the health care job sector.
Drummond Group awarded ONC 2015 Edition Health IT Module Certification to Practice EHR's Practice EHR V12 system. The EHR vendor sells specialty-specific and cloud-based practice management and EHR solutions designed for small practices.
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