CDC: Hospital-acquired infection rates declining
U.S. hospitals have made progress in reducing certain types of hospital-acquired infections but more work is needed to protect patients, according to a CDC report. Central line-associated bloodstream infections fell 46% between 2008 and 2013 and surgical-site infections were down 19% in the same period. MRSA infections fell 8% between 2011 and 2013 and C. difficile infections fell 10% during that time. Reuters
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Study looks at early data from readmission prevention program
Four of 48 Community-based Care Transition Program participants whose early results were analyzed significantly reduced hospital readmissions in comparison with a control group, a preliminary evaluation by HHS contractor Econometrica found. However, experts note that the short period of time analyzed -- a few months in some cases -- is inadequate to draw conclusions. Seventy-two agencies now participate in the program, which involves paying community agencies to work with hospitals to prevent elderly patients from being readmitted to hospitals. Kaiser Health News
Eligible hospitals show high stage 2 attestation rates
Elisabeth Myers from the CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services reported that 77% of 2,115 eligible hospitals have attested to stage 2 meaningful use as of Tuesday. Among other findings, 65% of stage 2-qualified hospitals used 2014-certified EHR technology to attest to stage 1, while 23% used 2011-certified EHR platforms. Healthcare Informatics online
Portable device allows discharge of patient awaiting heart transplant
The Freedom Driver has allowed a patient with an artificial heart to be discharged from the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center while he waits for a heart transplant. The 13-pound device, which was approved by the FDA in June, powers the patient's temporary artificial heart. Gizmag
|How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better|
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.
Cutting unnecessary administrative costs could save $375B
Reducing billing- and insurance-related costs by simplifying corresponding processes and financial data management may help the medical industry reap annual savings of up to $375 billion, according to a study in BMC Health Services Research. However, the maximum savings are dependent on the U.S. switching to a single-payer system. Health IT Analytics
Your New Online Professional Home is Here!
The ACC's new website, ACC.org, is now live, offering the enhanced features and design requested by ACC members. Optimized to work on mobile devices, the new ACC.org provides faster, more complete access to the College's scientific and educational content and practice management tools in the office or on the go. The new site also offers members multiple ways to personalize their online experience, with customized content recommendations, topic-specific e-mail news digests, educational tracking and a personal online library. To experience the new website and take the online tour, visit ACC.org. Check out the ACC.org Quick Start Guide for help getting started. Use your former CardioSource credentials to log in or create a free account.
PINNACLE Registry Wraps Up Successful Year of Research
In a recent ACC in Touch Blog, William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, executive vice president of Science, Education & Quality for the ACC, highlights a research project recently presented during the 66th Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India. The study analyzed data from the PINNACLE Registry's India database, which now includes more than 100,000 patient records collected from Indian hospital outpatient clinics. "Not only does this study inform us on guideline-recommended medication use among patients in India, but it also marks the first time data from ACC's outpatient registry in India have been presented at a conference outside of the U.S.," writes Oetgen. In addition, Oetgen summarizes the other notable research that arose from the PINNACLE Registry in 2014. Read more on the ACC in Touch Blog.
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