Electronic health records have great potential to help clinicians better manage patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and obesity. Disease management tools include identification of at-risk patients, lab and results alerts, and condition-specific registries.
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comment on a proposal to create a new program to provide earlier access to certain high-risk medical devices.
Hospitals struggling to reduce 30-day readmissions can gain insights from a new federal report that lists the top conditions associated with approximately 3.3 million readmissions in 2011.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association will begin to include value assessments when developing treatment guidelines and performance measures, in recognition of accelerating healthcare costs and the need for care to be of value to patients.
The federal government has added data on quality measures for inpatient psychiatric facilities to its Hospital Compare website for consumers.
Users of Maines health information exchange (HIE), HealthInfoNet, can now access the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) through the HIE portal.
Despite an explosion in consumer use of mobile health and fitness applications, doctors continue to be hesitant to recommend mHealth apps to their patients.
Behavioral health technology developer Polaris Health Directions, Langhorne, Penn., has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the second phase of a project the company says is set to dramatically impact addictions outcomes.
Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark.
In a first look at pharmacy trends in public health insurance exchange plans, use of specialty medications was greater among exchange enrollees versus patients enrolled in a commercial health plan, according to research presented by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts at the Express Scripts Outcomes Symposium in Orlando, Fla.
Standardizing post-discharge care at one of the University of North Carolina Hospitals clinics cut readmissions by 65 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Healthcare information and education vendor Wolters-Kluwer Health, Philadelphia, has released the Lippincott Advisor App. The technology, accessible to institutional users of Lippincott Advisor, will allow clinicians to access the platform from any mobile device, including Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.
Anthem Blue Cross and MemorialCare Medical Foundation, the physician division of the Fountain Valley, Calif.-based MemorialCare Health System, are collaborating to offer Anthem's Enhanced Personal Care program in Orange County and the greater Long Beach region to customers of Anthem's Preferred Provider Organization.
The first quarter of 2014 brought in an unprecedented level of venture capital for digital health ventures, according to start-up service company Rock Health.
Clinicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, are conducting a pilot program in which notes they write about patients' mental health treatment is shared with those patients
A large-scale study of patients who underwent colonoscopies shows that adenoma detection rates closely tracked the future risk of colorectal cancer, and that for each 1 percent increase in adenoma detection rate, there was a 3 percent decrease in colorectal cancer risk.