Health systems form long-distance relationships for better care
North Shore-L.I.J. Health System in New York is among those partnering with Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic for cardiac care. The long-distance partnership is part of a national trend in which health systems collaborate over long distances in one area of specialization such as cardiology or orthopedics. The partnerships allow for the sharing of research, protocols and best practices in an effort to improve outcomes, and they enable national, self-insured employers to negotiate prices with specific health systems. Capital New York
Report looks at physician views on HIE benefits
Data from the ONC's National Health Information Exchange and Interoperability Landscape report found 25% of physicians said that health information exchanges raise their practice's liabilities, while 64% said HIEs need multiple systems or portals. However, 80% said HIE adoption bolsters practice efficiency, and 89% cited improvements in care quality. BeckersHospitalReview.com
Antibacterial gel could eliminate resistant superbugs
A new antibacterial gel composed of peptides has shown promise in killing drug-resistant bacteria including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and Escherichia coli. The gel penetrates the biofilm that can protect bacteria on the surfaces of medical implants such as catheters and hip replacements, according to a study in the journal Biomacromolecules. Science World Report
NCDR Study Compares Radial vs. Femoral Approach in Women Undergoing PCI
In women undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, a radial approach does not significantly reduce bleeding or vascular complications, compared to a femoral approach, according to a study published Aug. 18 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. The study was led by Sunil V. Rao, MD, FACC, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC, and randomized 1,787 women undergoing cardiac catheterization or PCI to radial or femoral arterial access. Data from the ACC's CathPCI Registry and trial-specific data from the SAFE-PCI for Women trial were merged into a final study database. Read more on CardioSource.org.
Attention sports fans! Countdown to the 3rd Annual ACC Sports Cardiology Summit
In a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog, Christine E. Lawless, M.D., FACC, course director for the 2014 ACC Sports Cardiology Summit and past chair of the ACC Sports and Exercise Section, explains what's in store for attendees of the Summit, which will be held Sept. 12 and 13 in Indianapolis, Ind. "Course faculty planners promise to deliver an exciting blend of state-of-the-art lectures, cutting-edge original research, interactive workshops, real-world sports cardiology cases, and networking with peers and members of the ACC's Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section," notes Lawless. Read more on the ACC in Touch Blog.
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