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 Canadian government is the first in the Americas to launch an Internet-based effort to help its residents with rare diseases get information they need to help combat those diseases, as well as access to drugs that may help their treatment.
The Ebola outbreak in Africa has reinforced the fact that there is no globally linked, interoperable system to prevent infectious disease threats, detect outbreaks in real-time, and to respond effectively before they become epidemics.
A new UCLA study demonstrates that California diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are up to 10 times more likely to lose a toe, foot or leg than patients residing in more affluent areas of the state.
Numerous innovations in mobile diagnostic technology, or "labs-on-a-chip," were featured at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in Chicago.
A brief screening survey to identify teens at risk for an eating disorder could lead to earlier diagnosis and help find hard-to-detect cases, which could lower overall treatment costs and improve outcomes, Boston Childrens Hospital researchers say.
A program implemented by visiting health coaches in Massachusetts, supported with mobile technology, reduced readmissions for at-risk Medicare patients by almost 40 percent and saved $370,000 during a recent six-month trial.
An examination of the efficacy of an Internet-based diabetes care regimen revealed the quality of care was equal to that of exclusively face-to-face appointments, and also saved significant time for patients and clinicians
Royal Philips and Accenture have developed proof-of-concept software the companies say could ultimately give more independence to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) have introduced the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) for Better Care Act of 2014, a measure that would establish a regional demonstration program for high-quality Medicare Advantage plans to utilize V-BID to reduce the co-payments or coinsurance for beneficiaries with specific chronic conditions.
The Pittsburgh-based Beckwith Institute recently awarded 11 new grants to UPMC clinicians and other staff.
As the world healthcare community struggles with how to contain an Ebola outbreak in Africa, the National Institutes of Health is quietly putting in place a web-based central data repository to support and accelerate research in the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of rare diseases globally.
Assessing whether low- or high-dose aspirin is better for patients with coronary artery disease will be the focus of the first clinical trial to be conducted through PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.
Healthcare consultancy and care management organization Qualis Health has published an online tool kit that provides hospitals a practical, low-cost approach to engaging patients and families in infection control.
Infection surveillance systems, lab outreach services and patient acuity applications are poised for growth in the U.S. hospital IT market, according to new research from HIMSS Analytics.
The Erie County Department of Health in New York is seeing significant improvements in epidemiology and disease surveillance--specifically sexually transmitted diseases--by leveraging HEALTHeLINK, a health information exchange serving the greater Buffalo, N.Y. region.