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Digital Health in Surgery

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13 papers 100 to 500 followers Surgery and digital health, including the applications of telemedicine and mobile health to surgical care
By Joshua Liu MD & CEO of Seamless Mobile Health. We enable surgeons to deliver automated, electronic care plans with real time feedback to improve surgical outcomes.
Cheng-Jung Wu, Sheng-Yu Wu, Po-Chun Chen, Yaoh-Shiang Lin
BACKGROUND: The traditional otorhinoendoscope is widely used in the diagnosis of a variety of ear and nose diseases, but only one doctor can use it at a time. It is also very difficult to share observations from one doctor with another doctor. With advances in electronic health technology, the extended potential application of smartphones to support medical practice or mobile health has grown steadily. OBJECTIVE: The first phase of the study discussed how smartphones may be used for otorhinoscopic imaging and image management via an innovative adaptor...
March 3, 2014: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Diane W Chen, Rachel W Davis, Courtney J Balentine, Aaron R Scott, Yue Gao, Nicole M Tapia, David H Berger, James W Suliburk
BACKGROUND: The value of routine postoperative visits after general surgery remains unclear. The objective of this study was to evaluate the utility of routine postoperative visits after appendectomy and cholecystectomy and to determine access to mobile technology as an alternative platform for follow-up. METHODS: Retrospective review of 219 appendectomies and 200 cholecystectomies performed at a safety net hospital. One patient underwent both surgeries. Patient demographics, duration of clinic visit, and need for additional imaging, tests or readmissions were recorded...
August 2014: Journal of Surgical Research
Ronald S Weinstein, Ana Maria Lopez, Bellal A Joseph, Kristine A Erps, Michael Holcomb, Gail P Barker, Elizabeth A Krupinski
There has been a spike in interest and use of telehealth, catalyzed recently by the anticipated implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which rewards efficiency in healthcare delivery. Advances in telehealth services are in many areas, including gap service coverage (eg, night-time radiology coverage), urgent services (eg, telestroke services and teleburn services), mandated services (eg, the delivery of health care services to prison inmates), and the proliferation of video-enabled multisite group chart rounds (eg, Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes programs)...
March 2014: American Journal of Medicine
Neal Sikka, Michael Pirri, Katrina Norbury Carlin, Ryan Strauss, Faisal Rahimi, Jesse Pines
OBJECTIVES: Mobile phone technology may be useful in helping to guide medical decisions for lacerations. We examined whether emergency department (ED) provider opinions on which lacerations require repair differed using mobile phone-generated images compared with in-person evaluations. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Patients presenting to an urban ED for initial and follow-up laceration care were prospectively enrolled. Patients took four mobile phone pictures of their laceration and provided a medical history...
September 2012: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Thomas A Odeny, Robert C Bailey, Elizabeth A Bukusi, Jane M Simoni, Kenneth A Tapia, Krista Yuhas, King K Holmes, R Scott McClelland
BACKGROUND: Following male circumcision for HIV prevention, a high proportion of men fail to return for their scheduled seven-day post-operative visit. We evaluated the effect of short message service (SMS) text messages on attendance at this important visit. METHODOLOGY: We enrolled 1200 participants >18 years old in a two-arm, parallel, randomized controlled trial at 12 sites in Nyanza province, Kenya. Participants received daily SMS text messages for seven days (n = 600) or usual care (n = 600)...
2012: PloS One
Adrienne D Workman, Subhas C Gupta
BACKGROUND: The vast array of information technology available to plastic surgeons continues to expand. With the recent introduction of smartphone application ("app") technology to the market, the potential for incorporating both social media and app technology into daily practice exists. OBJECTIVES: The authors describe and evaluate the smartphone applications most pertinent to plastic surgery. METHODS: Smartphone apps from all available markets were analyzed for various factors, including popularity among general consumers, ease of use, and functionality...
February 2013: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
John W McGillicuddy, Mathew J Gregoski, Anna K Weiland, Rebecca A Rock, Brenda M Brunner-Jackson, Sachin K Patel, Beje S Thomas, David J Taber, Kenneth D Chavin, Prabhakar K Baliga, Frank A Treiber
BACKGROUND: Mobile phone based programs for kidney transplant recipients are promising tools for improving long-term graft outcomes and better managing comorbidities (eg, hypertension, diabetes). These tools provide an easy to use self-management framework allowing optimal medication adherence that is guided by the patients' physiological data. This technology is also relatively inexpensive, has an intuitive interface, and provides the capability for real-time personalized feedback to help motivate patient self-efficacy...
September 4, 2013: JMIR Research Protocols
Eiman Zargaran, Nadine Schuurman, Andrew J Nicol, Richard Matzopoulos, Jonathan Cinnamon, Tracey Taulu, Britta Ricker, David Ross Garbutt Brown, Pradeep Navsaria, S Morad Hameed
BACKGROUND: Ninety percent of global trauma deaths occur in under-resourced or remote environments, with little or no capacity for injury surveillance. We hypothesized that emerging electronic and web-based technologies could enable design of a tablet-based application, the electronic Trauma Health Record (eTHR), used by front-line clinicians to inform trauma care and acquire injury surveillance data for injury control and health policy development. STUDY DESIGN: The study was conducted in 3 phases: 1...
January 2014: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Steven R Steinhubl, Evan D Muse, Eric J Topol
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 11, 2013: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
John William McGillicuddy, Ana Katherine Weiland, Ronja Maximiliane Frenzel, Martina Mueller, Brenda Marie Brunner-Jackson, David James Taber, Prabhakar Kalyanpur Baliga, Frank Anton Treiber
BACKGROUND: Mobile phone based remote monitoring of medication adherence and physiological parameters has the potential of improving long-term graft outcomes in the recipients of kidney transplants. This technology is promising as it is relatively inexpensive, can include intuitive software and may offer the ability to conduct close patient monitoring in a non-intrusive manner. This includes the optimal management of comorbidities such as hypertension and diabetes. There is, however, a lack of data assessing the attitudes of renal transplant recipients toward this technology, especially among ethnic minorities...
2013: Journal of Medical Internet Research
David J Cook, Dennis M Manning, Diane E Holland, Sharon K Prinsen, Stephen D Rudzik, Véronique L Roger, Claude Deschamps
BACKGROUND: Electronic health information platforms have the potential to support standardized care delivery models, engage patients, and deliver patient self-assessment tools. STUDY DESIGN: We tested whether an e-health platform could support the delivery and acquisition of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) during hospitalization after cardiac surgery. Secondarily, we tested if patient reported data were predictive of resource use (length of stay) or outcomes (discharge disposition)...
October 2013: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
David J Cook, Jeffrey E Thompson, Sharon K Prinsen, Joseph A Dearani, Claude Deschamps
PURPOSE: Hospitalization and surgery in older patients often leads to a loss of strength, mobility, and functional capacity. We tested the hypothesis that wireless accelerometry could be used to measure mobility during hospital recovery after cardiac surgery. DESCRIPTION: We used an off-the-shelf fitness monitor to measure daily mobility in patients after surgery. Data were transmitted wirelessly, aggregated, and configured onto a provider-viewable dashboard. EVALUATION: Wireless monitoring of mobility after major surgery was easy and practical...
September 2013: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Behnam Sharareh, Ran Schwarzkopf
We hypothesized that a postoperative clinical telemedicine tool will be effective in reducing the total number of unscheduled postoperative clinic visits and calls while increasing patient satisfaction. The medical charts of 34 patients who underwent telemedicine follow-up during their postoperative care were compared to that of 44 patients who did undergo telemedicine follow-up. There were 14 unscheduled clinic visits in the non-telemedicine follow-up group compared to only 3 in the telemedicine follow-up group (P = 0...
May 2014: Journal of Arthroplasty
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