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The algorithmic couture for the survivors

According to the figures released by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2017, the percentage of women opted for breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy had increased by 65% between 2009 and 2014. Nevertheless, most women, especially those coming from a relatively younger age group, chose “going flat” as they do not wish…

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Using technology to reduce medication-related harm

A nine-year-old boy with Asthma went to his primary care doctor who prescribed him a drug common to treating his condition, but by mistake, selected the wrong entry in a pull-down menu list on his computerized medication order entry system. He accidentally prescribed the boy with a potent anticoagulant with a similar name. The young…

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Geeky Gynaecologist Glog 5: The Learning Health System

Aiming for organisational transformation towards becoming a ‘Learning Health System’-Role of AI. “The Learning Health System (LHS) focusses on approaches to capture data from clinical encounters and other health-related events, analyze the data to generate new knowledge, and then apply this knowledge to continuously inform and improve health decision making and practice.”[1] Learning Healthcare has…

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Can chatbot be our new health coach?

An anxious patient sent out a text, “I was diagnosed today and I’m scared that my whole life will change. Can you help?”  Almost instantly, replies came. “Hi Anna, this is Ariana. Yes, I’m here for you. We’ll get through this together. Think of me as your personal coach. I’ll help you learn about your…