Seeking expert help can be especially vital for emergency treatment of children, [the head of the study Dr. James] Marcin added, because rural ER doctors may see only a handful of pediatric patients a year, and guidelines on how to care for them are lacking. “For a three-month-old that comes in for wheezing or for a six-month-old that comes in for a fever, there are very few evidence-based guidelines,” he said […]In addition to improving the quality of care, Marcin added, it’s likely that telemedicine can sometimes lower unnecessary costs, too. For example, he explained, the expert consultant can help determine whether a patient needs helicopter transport to a higher-level trauma center.
Second, the Advisory Board highlights a new pill sensor that also improves tracking: the sensor, which can be put into pills and tablets, texts your doctor when the pill has been ingested. Given how many re-admissions happen, and how much money is wasted, because people forget to take their medicine on time, a better tracking system like this could rationalize the process a lot.Third, researchers have taken a major step forward in being able to grow heart tissue—or even a whole heart— from non-embryonic induced pluripotent stem cells. Scientists have now created a beating mouse heart from human tissue, and applications for humans might not be far away. It’s exciting to see ethically non-controversial pluripotent stem cells start to make real progress.[Hospital technology image courtesy of Shutterstock]