Scotland creates app to help clinicians access info on cancer; U.S. consumers use of mHealth devices doubled from 2014 to 2016;

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> The Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies, at the University of the West of Scotland, has developed an app to help clinicians access information on cancer for patients who may have the disease, according to Nursing Times. The free app offers a quick reference guide. Article

> The number of U.S. consumers using mHealth apps and wearables has doubled from 16 percent in 2014 to 33 percent as of this month, according to Accenture. More than three quarters of consumers and doctors polled believe wearables help engage patients in health, four in 10 consumers using apps have discussed or shared app data with a physician in the past year. Announcement

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> A new study quantifies the significant differences in cost for procedures delivered in a physician's office versus an outpatient department operated by a hospital. There were wide variations in prices among seven different procedures that can be performed at a doctor's office versus a hospital-operated outpatient center, according to the study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. Article

> If hospitals wish to keep their joint replacement patients from being readmitted, they may want to keep an eye on their nursing staffs. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy has found that readmission of joint replacement patients increases 8 percent for every patient added to a nurse's workload. Article

Provider News

> Patients undergoing elective hip and knee surgery are more likely to be readmitted in hospitals where nurses are understaffed, and less likely to return to the hospital if the organizations have supportive nursing environments. Article

And Finally... This tiny fly is breaking all migration records. Article