Telerehab accurate for patients with lower back pain; Pain management apps lack input from medical professionals;

News From Around the Web

> Use of Skype and other video conferencing technology makes telerehabilitation for patients with lower back pain more feasible than in-person visits, according to the new research published in the journal Spine. Announcement

Mobile Healthcare News

> The Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health is developing an online mHealth Evidence Database that James BonTempo, the Center's Director of ICT & Innovation, hopes will one day serve as a global resource for the worldwide mobile healthcare community. A U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project, the database has an ambitious goal: to catalog, categorize and grade all of the known peer-reviewed and grey literature on mHealth in high-, middle- and low-income countries. Article

> Although many pain management applications offer tips, advice and treatments, few of these apps are backed by science or created with input from a medical professional. That is the finding of an as-yet unpublished Ohio State University study. Article

Provider News

> A jury awarded a former Bayonne (N.J.) Medical Center employee more than $2.1 million after filing a whistleblower suit against the hospital over improper staffing. Of that award, the former hospital blood bank technician received $2 million in punitive damages, $80,000 in lost wages and $60,000 for pain and suffering. Article

> Although a third of the nation's academic hospitals use intensivist staffing at night to help improve outcomes, nighttime intensivists don't benefit patients and may unnecessarily increase costs, according to a study published online yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Article

And Finally… I'm surprised she didn't see it coming. Article


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