Health systems form long-distance relationships for better care | AFib algorithm used with AliveCor's smartphone ECG wins FDA nod | App links providers to radiology practices
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August 25, 2014
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Health systems form long-distance relationships for better care
North Shore-LIJ 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 far from one another collaborate in one area of specialization such as cardiology or orthopedics. The partnerships seek to improve outcomes via the sharing of research, protocols and best practices, and they enable national, self-insured employers to negotiate prices with certain health systems. Capital New York (8/20)
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AFib algorithm used with AliveCor's smartphone ECG wins FDA nod
The FDA has given AliveCor 510(k) clearance to market an algorithm that can accurately identify the presence of atrial fibrillation using the company's smartphone-based ECG. The technology allows patients to take ECG readings using their Android or Apple mobile devices and send the information to a cardiologist to confirm whether they have atrial fibrillation. (8/21)
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Study: Older and obese women can reduce heart risk through exercise
Postmenopausal and obese women who engaged in high-intensity exercise had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation compared with women who did not exercise, Stanford University researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Data from the Women's Health Initiative also indicated that high BMI and low levels of physical activity were both linked to heart rhythm problems. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/22)
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Review: Happy patients mean better health metrics
Positive patient experience was associated with significant improvements in other health quality measures including medication adherence, clinical outcomes and patient safety, an analysis indicated. The findings were published in Medical Care Research and Review. Modern Medicine/Medical Economics (8/20)
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Regulatory & Policy
Agencies unveil Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge
The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge was unveiled by HHS and the CDC on Wednesday to identify providers that are leveraging health IT to boost heart health and blood pressure control. Submissions should include the prevalence of hypertension in the practice or health system and discuss technology used to improve blood pressure control rates. Each of the 20 winners will receive a cash award amounting to $2,000. Health Data Management (8/20)
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Savings from biosimilars hinge on naming standards
The FDA is considering standards for naming biosimilars, with makers of branded biologic drugs lobbying for distinct names and makers of biosimilars, along with pharmacy benefit managers and other advocates, urging standards similar to those for other generic drugs. The decision will affect how widely biosimilars are used and the magnitude of savings to be realized. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (8/21)
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ASNC 2014: Pre-register by Sept. 2 and save $100 off the onsite registration fee!
Don't miss ASNC's 19th Annual Scientific Session ASNC2014 in Boston -- Sept. 18-21. This coveted four-day event will provide sessions on emerging nuclear cardiology research, technology, advances in treatment, performance standards, cardiac PET and SPECT imaging and much more. Plus, if you register by Sept. 2, you can save $100. Register now to save!
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