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Health & Technology
10:49 am
Fri October 10, 2014

At Dartmouth, Sidelines Robot Could Be Key To Quickly Diagnosing Football Concussions

Image of VGo telepresence robot courtesy VGo Communications in Nashua.
Credit VGo/NHPR Staff

Football faces increasing criticism as mounting evidence shows the dangers of concussions, in particular undiagnosed concussions.

A new telehealth initiative at Dartmouth College aims to eliminate those undiagnosed concussions by bringing neurosurgeons to the sidelines--via robot.

On the sidelines of the Dartmouth/Penn football game, neurosurgeon Robert Singer watches carefully.

"A lot of these hits are shoulder hits. What we’re looking for are direct head to head kind of contact, that type of thing."

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Health
3:28 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Case Of Scabies At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Spurs Preventative Measures

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has discovered one case of scabies in a patient. That means some Medical Center staffers and visitors may also be at risk.
Toby Talbot AP/file

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 2:06 pm

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is trying to prevent the spread of a skin condition known as crusted scabies. Also called Norwegian scabies, the disease is non-life threatening and easily treatable if caught in time.

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Health
4:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

New Device Provides Pinpoint Treatment For People With Epilepsy

Chrissy Goodman with her daughter Madeline.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A new technology holds the promise of treatment for the nearly one million Americans with epilepsy that don’t respond to medications. The FDA has approved a new implant that uses bursts of electricity to stop seizures before they start. 

That’s good news for people like Chrissy Goodman. She’s 32, from Concord, and had her first seizure at age 14.

Epilepsy has affected every aspect of her life, from where she can live to relationships to education.

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All Things Considered
5:53 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Actors Fake Dementia To Train Caregivers

About 90 percent of Americans who need long term care get it from unpaid family members. That puts a strain on a lot of relatives who have neither enough time nor the training to care for loved ones with brain disorders such as dementia.

So Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., gives classes to family caregivers, and recruits actors to play the patients.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Calls On VT Non-Profit To Help Fill Skills Gap

Thirteen unemployed and underemployed people from New Hampshire and Vermont will soon be taking jobs with Dartmouth-Hitchcock as medical coders.  Today they graduate from an innovative cross-state program.

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NH News
12:25 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Gone Viral: CHaD Patients, Staff Rock Out To Katy Perry's 'Roar'

An image from the video of CHaD patients and staff.
Credit YouTube

The patients and staff at the Childrens Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have hit the Internet big time.

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Health
5:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Could A Diagnosis Make You Sicker? Dartmouth Examines Overdiagnosis

The Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference at Dartmouth
Liz Faiella

Researchers at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice have been at the forefront of research on unnecessary diagnosis and treatment.

The problem is big, and solving it may require a major change in the way the whole health system treats illness.

Earlier this month, Dartmouth hosted the first ever international conference on preventing overdiagnosis.

Speaking to a crowd of doctors at the Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, Dr. Steven Woloshin began by diagnosing his audience.

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Health
6:26 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Early Results Show Dartmouth Having Success With New Payment Model

One key aspect of the federal health overhaul law is a transition away from a fee-for-service system, where hospitals and doctors get paid, for example, per lab test or re-admission. To help test new models under so-called Obamacare, 32 hospitals nationwide launched an alternative system called an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Results released today looking at the first year of the program show Dartmouth-Hitchcock as one of 18 hospitals that succeeded in lowering costs compared to a control group of Medicare patients.

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Health
6:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Soothing Cancer With The Arts

Jessica Gebard works on her writing with Marv Klassen-Landis
Liz Faiella/NHPR

A creative arts program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon is helping cancer patients and their families deal with life-changing illness.

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1:23 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

The Health Care Law's Legacy

While the future of the Affordable Care Act is unclear, some of the changes may be here to stay. President of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Jim Weinstein is focusing on the improvement of patient care over providing more care. NHPR's Dan Gorenstein reporting for Marketplace has more.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock President Jim Weinstein shows me the painting; it's a glass of orange juice, about half full. I've missed the point, says Weinstein. "It isn't half full or half empty. It's the wrong glass. And right now we have the wrong glass for health care." That's Weinstein's way of saying the $3 trillion health care system is broken. That the system is set up to reward more care rather than better care.