It has been almost a full century since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic. They have been in wide use since the 1940s, radically changing the course of modern medicine in the process. As researcher C. Lee Ventola puts it, “Antibiotics have not only saved patients’ lives, they have played a pivotal role inREAD MORE
Robotic Surgery a Reality
Believe it or not, surgery has been performed by robots since March of 1997. The robot’s name was Mona, after the Mona Lisa, and the surgery that she/it performed was a gallbladder operation. 21 years later, and progress has been strangely slow. As cited by General Surgery Today, experts blame this slowness on a numberREAD MORE
Medical Technology Affecting Malpractice Claims?
These are the types of questions that rely on hard data in a court of law. If Charlie’s primary care physician misdiagnoses Charlie’s heart condition, and then refers him to a specialist who suggests a treatment based on the misdiagnoses, both might be liable for the resulting damages, but for different amounts. But could accessREAD MORE
How Can Wearable Technology Shape Medical Research?
Wearable technology has changed a lot in recent years. FitBit, once an anomaly on the shelves of Best Buys, have now given way to an entire industry of everyday devices that you wear or carry around with you. This is a remarkable breakthrough, as such technologies are bringing the advantages of previously expensive medical equipmentREAD MORE
In the 90s, virtual reality technologies seemed to be poised to take over the entertainment industry. In the 2010s, virtual reality, and its close cousin augmented reality, is starting to revolutionize every corner of the culture, including the medical community. Augmented reality differs from virtual reality in that, while virtual reality creates the user’s simulatedREAD MORE
Clinical Decision Support Systems and Malpractice Risk
Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs) comprise one of the fastest growing and most widely discussed areas of Health Information Technology (HIT) in existence today. CDSSs have been defined as “active knowledge resource that uses patient data to generate case-specific advice which support decision making about individual patients by health professionals, the patients themselves or others concernedREAD MORE
Medical Malpractice 2014 – Our Year End Review
It’s been a busy and exciting year for us here at eQuoteMD! As we come upon the holidays and the end of the year, we thought we’d review and remind you of some of the stories and articles we’ve published in 2014, and some of the themes that have been popular with our readers. In the springREAD MORE
Why Telemedicine? What is the Future of the Virtual Appointment?
With the recent push to achieve “meaningful use” of EHR, the advent of Accountable Care Organizations, increasing numbers of patients, and other effects of the Accountable Care Act telemedicine is becoming more common and more necessary than ever. But what is telemedicine exactly? The American Telemedicine Association defines it as follows: “The use of medicalREAD MORE