A primer on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for DFUs | Scientists tweak bioelectric bandage | Study: Insulin metabolism may affect wound healing in diabetes patients
October 19, 2016
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A primer on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for DFUs
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is approved for 15 indications, including treatment of chronic diabetic foot ulcers. Podiatrists Eric Espensen and Kayla Song review guidelines, contraindications, potential complications and current evidence for treating chronic DFUs with HBOT along with standard wound care.
Podiatry Today magazine (10/2016) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Scientists tweak bioelectric bandage
Scientists at Ohio State University redesigned a bandage made of silver and silk that delivers a continuous, low-level electrical current to accelerate wound healing. The scientists hope the new design allows electric currents to penetrate wounds more deeply and destroy biofilms, allowing antibiotics to be more effective.
Healio (free registration)/O&P News (10/11) 
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Study: Insulin metabolism may affect wound healing in diabetes patients
Slowed insulin metabolism affects cells surrounding an epidermal wound, and drugs that locally activate insulin metabolism might encourage wound healing in people with diabetes, researchers reported in Nature. The study, conducted in fruit fly larvae, showed that impaired insulin metabolism results in a weaker, slower-forming actomyosin cable around the wound, causing slow or incomplete healing.
Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (10/13) 
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Company introduces EHR-compatible app for documenting wounds
PointClickCare introduced a smartphone app that allows health care providers to take and store images of patients' wounds to document and track progression. The app is compatible with PointClickCare's EHR systems.
MobiHealthNews.com (10/17) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS issues final rule to implement MACRA
The CMS released a final rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and an American Medical Association analysis found it would exclude 30% of physicians from the law's merit-based incentive payment system. MIPS, one of two payment options in the law, will pay physicians based on quality, clinical practice improvement, resource use and advancing care information, and is tied to the EHR meaningful use program.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (10/14) 
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OCR urges health care practices to follow FTP-related cybersecurity guidelines
Covered health care organizations and business associates should follow the SANS Institute's guidelines for ensuring cybersecurity with file transfer protocol and detecting and preventing cryptocurrency mining malware attacks, the HHS Office for Civil Rights' latest cybernewsletter states. The institute recommends conducting a detailed network-traffic analysis, keeping anti-virus and anti-malware software updated, limiting administrative privileges, and changing generic/shared user passwords and reviewing users' access rights.
Health IT Security (10/10) 
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