AMA Announces Framework for EHR Usability

CHICAGO - Building on its landmark study with RAND Corp. confirming that discontent with electronic health records (EHRs) is taking a significant toll on physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA) today called for solutions to EHR systems that have neglected usability as a necessary feature. Respondin

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Zoom On: Dr. Amy Abernethy

Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD is an oncologist, researcher and Associate Professor at Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. She works as the Medical Director - Oncology Quality, Outcomes and Patient Centred Care, Duke University Health System. In addition to a long list of professional titles and associations, Dr.

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CIRSE 2014: Radiation Protection Culture Integral to IR

Safety is best achieved when it is built into the system rather than a choice, said Prof. Efstathopoulos  from Greece, speaking at the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE) Congress in Glasgow this week. While radiation protection is top of everyone’s mind, implementing a radiation

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CIRSE 2014: IR Could Reduce Diabetic Amputations

More than 6,000 people with diabetes have leg, foot or toe amputations every year in England. More people with diabetes could be saved from the threat of foot or leg amputation if they are referred more quickly to specialist clinics for less invasive – and potentially less expensive – medical alternatives like int

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Heart Health Screening Guidelines for Young People

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) issued a joint statement recommending a new heart health screening process for young people aged 12 to 25 years and clarifying any misconceptions about sudden heart-related deaths. Healthcare professionals are advised to familiarise thems

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Venous Thromboembolism Treatments Compared

According to a study published in JAMA, there is no significant difference in the clinical and safety outcomes associated with most treatment strategies for venous thromboembolism, a common medical condition manifested as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Venous thromboembolism is the third leading cause of

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Bone Loss Drug Passes Trial; Side Effects Linger

Merck & Co. plans to seek US marketing approval next year for its long-delayed experimental osteoporosis drug odanacatib, Reuters reported. Although the drug proved effective in a late-stage trial, its use was associated with rare thigh-bone fractures seen with standard treatments.Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning di

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Generic Drugs Provide Record Savings

According to a new report by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), generic drugs saved the United States health system approximately $239 billion in 2013. This is a 14 percent increase in the cost savings that were achieved in 2012. It is also the largest annual savings from generic drugs to d

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New Regional President and VP Appointments at Agfa HealthCare

Executive leadership strengthened with appointments of William Corsten as regional President in North America and Frank Pecaitis as Vice President, Enterprise Imaging sales.Corsten to lead Agfa HealthCare's North America region, driving all strategic and operational initiatives for the United States and Canada Pecaitis

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Negative Gossip and Burnout in Hospitals

Gossip can both hinder and help in a hospital environment. Despite the fact that research indicates that it occurs frequently in healthcare organisations, it has not been studied in relation to other organisational manifestations such as burnout and engagement, or quality of care outcomes. A study recently published in

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Automated AMH Given CE Mark Approval

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics’ automated Anti-Müllerian Hormone test available to improve fertility assessment and treatment. Company brings innovation to women’s health with new assay to measure and predict ovarian response and reserve.Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has obtained CE Mark on its new automated Access anti-Mül

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Single-Drop Blood Test For Colorectal Cancers

A single drop of blood may be all that is required to diagnose a majority of colorectal cancers, with the introduction of a new test by Belgian startup company VolitionRX. The test could represent a less dreaded (and less expensive) option for colorectal screening than colonoscopy and faecal tests, unpleasant procedure

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Two Studies Examine ED Timeliness

Two studies which examined timeliness and lengths of stay in emergency departments (ED) found potential for improvement. Furthermore, variability across EDs was found to depend on factors such as hospital size, urban vs. rural location, ownership and teaching status, as well as rates of inpatient admissions.E

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Sepsis Mortality Better at High-Volume Centres

According to a research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, there is a clear relationship between hospitals that treat the most cases of severe sepsis and lower rates of inpatient deaths among those patients. Sepsis is one of the most time-sensitive and hard-to-detect illnesses in me

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