Heart group says apps, wearable sensors can be useful tools
An American Heart Association scientific statement said evidence showing that mobile applications and wearable sensors help reduce cardiovascular risk factors is limited, but the technology still can be useful. The report in the journal Circulation, which analyzed peer-reviewed study data, found apps and mobile technology were linked to greater short-term weight loss, increases in physical activity and a better chance people would stop smoking. HealthDay News
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Initiative taps paramedics for home care
Health systems are testing programs that engage paramedics in efforts to keep patients out of the hospital. In community paramedicine programs, paramedics visit elderly or frail patients at home to assist with chronic disease management, medication adherence and home safety, administering care if needed and helping patients coordinate with nurses or home-health agencies. One such program at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has cut 30-day readmissions by 15% and hospital admissions and emergency room visits by 50% among patients with heart failure between March 2014 and June 2015. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Chronic disease, frequent ED use raise readmission risk, study says
Belgian researchers found that patients with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disease were most likely to be readmitted to the hospital. Predictors of readmission included at least four emergency department visits over six months, Friday discharge and longer length of hospitalization. The researchers, whose work was published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, suggest improving continuity of care following discharge and carefully monitoring patients who exhibit risk factors for readmission. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News
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