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Have Robot, Will Travel Hospital Halls

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Monday, July 9, 2007 - 15:48

Next time you’re in a hospital, count the people pushing carts with medications, food and medical equipment. Then count the robots.

Aetna Smartens Up Medical Search

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 12:39

Plenty of companies are working on better engines to search the Web for health information. Now insurance heavyweight Aetna is making it personal.

The company is rolling out a search service that takes into account a member’s personal health information, including past diagnoses and health-plan details.

Pentagon Seeks Battlefield Device to Diagnose Brain Injury

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Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 13:10

Roadside bombs have made brain damage a grim hallmark of modern war. A RAND study out today says 320,000 U.S. troops may have suffered brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan — and less than half say they were ever evaluated by a doctor.

Virtual ICU Brings Specialty Care to More Hospitals

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 11:10

Small and rural hospitals can have a tough time keeping patients. Many will drive an hour or two to the nearest city for all but the most basic — or most urgent — care. And the sickest patients may have to be shipped out anyway, to reach the specialists that might save them.

What if high-tech tools could bring the big-city expertise to their patients instead?

Computers Wouldn’t Have Helped in Overdoses of Texas Babies

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Friday, July 11, 2008 - 10:12

After 17 babies got overdoses of the blood thinner heparin at a Texas hospital, a hospital-quality group pointed to the incident as one more reason to push for computerized systems for ordering drugs within hospitals.

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