The Takeaway: Patients Flock to Life Expectancy Website ePrognosis

Crystal Ball 2.0: In the five weeks since a team of California doctors launched ePrognosis, the life expectancy predicting website has attracted more than half a million visits.

Texting During Surgery?! The Risks of ‘Distracted Doctoring’

To help prevent medical errors and give doctors and nurses speedy access to patient records, doctors’ offices and hospitals are using more portable computers and smartphones. It’s a good idea, with many benefits, but there’s also been an unexpected downside, reports the New York Times: A state of “distracted doctoring,” in which surgeons have made personal calls during an operation, a nurse has used her phone to check airfares during surgery, and half of technicians running heart bypass machines have …