WHO: Stemming Ebola in Africa will protect the rest of the world | Poll finds higher EHR satisfaction among mobile users | Study: SNF quality measures not linked to readmissions
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October 17, 2014
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WHO: Stemming Ebola in Africa will protect the rest of the world
The World Health Organization says stemming Ebola in the places where the outbreak is worst -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- will address risk around the world. The WHO said earlier this week some 4,500 people have died in the West African outbreak. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/16), Reuters (10/15)
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Poll finds higher EHR satisfaction among mobile users
A survey by Software Advice revealed more than 50% of clinicians who used a mobile device to access EHRs said they were "very satisfied" with the technology, compared with 28% who did not use mobile tools for access. Overall, 26% of EHR users were accessing the systems via tablet or smartphone. Healthcare Informatics online (10/16)
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Study: SNF quality measures not linked to readmissions
University of Pennsylvania researchers said performance measures for skilled nursing facilities were not consistently linked to 30-day readmission or mortality risks among post-acute care Medicare patients. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (10/15)
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Heavier patients show accelerated liver aging in study
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found heavier people exhibited increased aging of the liver compared with their leaner counterparts, showing a 3.3-year increase for every 10 BMI units. Researchers said the findings may explain why excess weight is linked to conditions such as liver cancer and insulin resistance. HealthDay News (10/13)
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NICU naming system reduces errors in EMR data
Creating an identification system for yet-to-be-named neonates helped one NICU reduce errors when clinical orders were entered into an EMR system, researchers from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., told the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting. Dr. Jason Adelman said a survey of more than 300 NICUs found more than 80% used BabyBoy, BabyGirl or BB/BG for unnamed infants, which increases the risk of mix-ups in patient charts. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/13)
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Genetic test identifies patients at risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke
Scientists have developed a test that screens for 12 genetic variants to determine risk of ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation, according to a study in the journal Stroke. Adding the genetic score to risk models for atrial fibrillation could help correctly assess when anticoagulants are needed, particularly among patients younger than 65. Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (10/15)
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Basic science question leads to gene editing answer
Scientist Jennifer Doudna learned that bacterial enzymes have a short template that can kill influenza by attaching to a specific section in its DNA, and she used that knowledge to help create the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool, which allows scientists to make changes in specific genes relatively quickly and inexpensively. The tool could be used to treat or prevent genetic disorders, although Doudna acknowledges there are ethical questions involved in genetically modifying humans. National Public Radio/Shots blog (10/13)
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FDA examines link between pill changes, adherence
The FDA is planning a survey of about 3,000 pharmacists and patients to examine how changes in a pill's appearance such as the color affect medication adherence, especially for generic drugs. Previous studies suggest changes in a drug's physical characteristics were associated with reduced adherence and higher medical costs. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot blog (10/16)
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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis drugs from Roche, Boehringer win FDA approval
The FDA has approved Roche's Esbriet, or pirfenidone, and Boehringer Ingelheim's Ofev, or nintedanib, as treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Esbriet and Ofev are the first drugs approved for the lung disease in the U.S. Reuters (10/15)
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ONC privacy panel undergoes overhaul
The ONC's Privacy and Security Tiger Team has relaunched itself as the Privacy and Security Workgroup. The panel includes new members and has plans to develop recommendations addressing legal and technical aspects of big data privacy, stage 3 meaningful use and the ONC's 10-year Interoperability Roadmap. HealthCareInfoSecurity.com (10/15)
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Reducing disparities in health care
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-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
American psychiatrist
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