Picture this: your medical first responder descends from the sky like a friendly, unmanned starship. Hovering over your door, it drops a device with recorded instructions to help a bystander jumpstart your heart that has stopped. This, after the 911 call but before the ambulance arrives.
Will choosing a doctor who looks like you result in better health care?
When people say someone had “a good death,” they usually mean that someone was comfortable and not in pain. But what if you could help their final days include the things they treasure -- like their favorite song playing, who is at their bedside, even the scent of a candle in the room -- so they feel at peace.
In the next 10 years, scientists expect to have a "robot nose" that can sniff out disease, much like animals can from odors emanating from skin, breath, blood and urine.
Why do people give doctors and hospitals high ratings? The answer may have little to do with health care quality.
The relationship between patient satisfaction scores and medical outcomes is complicated ... and troubling.