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1. Patients would rather text their doctor than use a portal
When in-person discussions and phone calls are not an option, only 10% of patients prefer to receive physician communications via patient portals, whereas twice as many (19.6%) favor receiving information via secure text messages. ePharm Brief
2. Electronic decision support tool helps improve asthma care
A new electronic decision support tool for managing asthma could improve the quality of asthma care in primary care settings, suggests a study led by St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada. ePharm Brief
3. IBM Watson making $50M AI research investment
IBM Watson Health says it plans to make a 10-year, $50 million investment in research collaborations with two separate academic centers-Brigham and Women's Hospital, which is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center-to advance the science of artificial intelligence (AI) and its application to major public health issues. ePharm Brief
4. Optimizing clinical workflows is industry leaders' top interoperability goal, survey says
A new Hyland Healthcare survey of health industry leaders shows that 68% of respondents say optimizing clinical workflows is their top interoperability goal. ePharm Brief
5. Cigna, Sentara Healthcare join blockchain health utility network
IBM says that Cigna and Sentara Healthcare have joined a new health utility network using blockchain. ePharm Brief
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