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Digital doctors: China sees tech cure for healthcare woes

Liu Chunming almost died after a car crash in July in Taihe, a remote county in China's southeast Jiangxi province, but survived serious abdominal injuries thanks to specialist doctors who led his treatment from 1,000km (621 miles) away.

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Doctors less satisfied, more burned out with electronic records

Most doctors who use electronic health records and order entry software tend to be less satisfied with how much time they spend on clerical tasks and are at higher risk of burnout than others, according to a new study.

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Doctors' use of computers during appointments leaves patients less satisfied

Doctors who entered data into computerised health records during patients' appointments did less positive communicating, and patients rated their care excellent less often, in a recent study.

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Patients on social media cause ethics headache for doctors

As more and more sick patients are going online and using social media to search for answers about their health, it’s raising a lot of thorny ethical questions for doctors.

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MD degree may not teach doctors how to tweet

National and international medical congresses have been encouraging attendees to “tweet” about the conferences on Twitter, but doctors are finding it’s not that easy to accurately share the meetings’ news on social media.

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Patients using Internet, apps to visit doctors

Sitting in the waiting room of a doctor's office for long periods of time is one reason people don't like to go to the doctor. Instead, many patients are moving towards using the Internet to diagnose themselves or are using a phone app to videochat with doctors.

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New app helps Mali skin doctors reach out to distant patients

In Mali, where skin conditions are widespread and skin doctors are scarce, physicians have turned to technology to treat patients remotely.

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Doctors use 3D printing to visualise surgeries

Printing 3D models of body parts is helping doctors get a better grip on surgical procedures.

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Texting improves link between sick teens and doctors

Adolescents with chronic diseases who were allowed to text their doctors were better equipped to manage their own healthcare and more likely to request help at the first sign of problems, a new study found.

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US patients want to get digital with doctors

As digital health becomes more of a reality, a recent survey of over 2,000 US adults finds that most of us -- 84% to be exact -- see doctors who provide patient online portals.