Ultrasound technology used to treat kidney stones; New app helps customers buy OTC drugs;

> Ultrasound technology is being used both to detect and get rid of kidney stones, according to a recent Zee News post. Scientists with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute have been examining a process known as "twinkling artifact," which involves ultrasound waves pushing "small stones or pieces of stones" out of the kidney. Article

> A group of Lexington, Ky.-based entrepreneurs recently launched MedCARE House Calls, which combines new technology with house calls by nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Visiting providers will tote a "virtual practice management system" that enables electronic access to patient records through voice or video transmission. Patients also will have the option of virtually connecting with their physicians for telehealth visits. Company officials tell KyForward that the approach is to be as "personal as possible" while utilizing IT. Article

> A Swedish consulting firm recently released an app available both for iOS and Android that offers assistance to patients shopping for over-the-counter medicine, Medgadget reports. Brief

> Healthcare organizations soon will be able to conduct mock HIPAA audits to prepare for increasing compliance reviews from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights, thanks to a collaboration between data breach prevention firm ID Experts and consulting firm Apgar & Associates, Health Data Management reports. Brief

And Finally... Looks like this woman's effort had no teeth behind it. Article


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