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.
In a visit-based analysis, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that electronic health records and electronic preventive care reminders "did not ameliorate or exacerbate racial differences in cancer screening order rates."
To better track tuberculosis outbreaks in the United States, a non-profit biotechnology firm has launched a web-based tool that illustrates how the TB epidemic continues to impact the U.S.
Overweight endometrial and breast cancer survivors--at higher risk for premature death--had moderate success in lowering body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference using the web and smartphone/tablet-based weight loss application, Lose It!
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has released a next-generation set of standards for patient-centered medical homes, called PCMH 2014.
Using a University of Pennsylvania-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow (CBF) in acute stroke patients, researchers from Penn Medicine and the Department of Physics & Astronomy in Penn Arts and Sciences are now learning how head of bed (HOB) positioning affects blood flow reaching the brain.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has shelled out $85,000 in awards to software development teams that spent the March 15-16 weekend coming up with new ideas for the hospitals patient portal.
Researchers from the University of California at Davis have shown that electronic health records can be used effectively to predict the onset of sepsis, a leading cause of death and hospitalization in the United States.
The uneven adoption of geographic information systems in health care often boils down to a lack of leadership at local health systems.
A Peoria, Ill.-based health information exchange is tying the surrounding region's long-term and post-acute care facilities into its clinical network, under the assumption that quicker and more complete information sharing will result in better care.
Aetna, Hartford, Conn., and Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, Morristown, N.J., have announced an accountable care agreement that will cover 28,000 Aetna customers in Morris, Sussex, Union, Somerset, Warren and Passaic counties.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have launched an online resource to help accelerate knowledge of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
GIS is mission critical for public health, says Carl Kinkade, geospatial information system specialist at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control, a federal health research agency.
Health care providers and insurers across the country are discovering event notification system (ENS) capabilities supply an integral "value-add" to critical information exchange.
Richard Wait, the chairman of the department of surgery at Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health, has used GIS technology to analyze tumors in the colon, rectum and liver.
The American Telemedicine Association has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to "lift unnecessary restrictions on health care delivery that prohibits millions of Americans from accessing quality medical care."