Partnership aims to secure Mo-99 supply | World market for imaging devices to reach $35B by 2020, report says | High-risk angina patients often skip follow-up, study finds
February 25, 2015
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Partnership aims to secure Mo-99 supply
Under a new partnership, Nordion of Canada will be supplied with molybdenum-99 by the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center, which will manufacture the isotope using low-enriched uranium from General Atomics. The goal is to secure supply for Nordion ahead of the closure of Canada's Chalk River reactor. Canadian government officials recently pushed to postpone the reactor's closure until March 2018. World Nuclear News (2/23)
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World market for imaging devices to reach $35B by 2020, report says
The market for medical imaging devices is expected to reach $35 billion with a compound annual growth rate of 5.2% through 2020, according to a Persistence Market Research report. Increases in chronic illness and injuries as people live longer, as well as imaging technology advances and government health initiatives, will drive growth. (free registration) (2/24)
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Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters
Healthcare professionals understand how EHRs can increase patient engagement and the quality of care. What's not clear is how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. This guide provides an overview of Meaningful Use, highlights the requirements for 2015, and provides tips for selecting the right EHR to avoid penalties and position your practice for continued success in the future. Read now.

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High-risk angina patients often skip follow-up, study finds
One-quarter of high-risk patients who present to the emergency department with angina failed to obtain follow-up care, according to findings reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Given that many studies have shown the importance of continuity of care during the transitional period between discharge from the emergency department and returning to the community setting, we believe a paradigm shift ensuring follow-up care is needed," the authors wrote. (2/23)
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Study warns of risks when frail older patients take multiple BP meds
Frail elderly nursing home residents with low systolic blood pressure taking two or more antihypertensive medications were at a twofold higher risk of dying within two years compared with peers, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers also found a higher portion of those deaths were from cardiovascular causes -- 14.5% of patients on multiple antihypertension medications, compared with 9.4% of others taking fewer than two blood pressure-lowering drugs. Medscape (free registration) (2/19)
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U.S. sees growth in medical identity theft
The incidence of medical identity theft in the U.S. grew 21.7% between 2013 and 2014, a survey by the Ponemon Institute found. Nearly 50% of consumers said they would consider changing health care providers if their medical data were stolen. Healthcare Informatics online (2/23)
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Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

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Poll examines physician practices' ICD-10 readiness
A Navicure survey revealed only 21% of responding physician practices are on track to comply with the ICD-10 transition despite the change in the implementation deadline. The survey found that 58% of participants suspended their implementation efforts when the deadline was pushed back, and about 59% of practices cited expense and decreased productivity as their top concerns with the transition. (2/24), Healthcare IT News (2/24)
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Many physicians haven't reviewed Open Payments data
Seventy-two percent of doctors surveyed by MedPanel said they are aware of the Open Payments database listing financial ties between doctors and drug and device makers, but only 46% had visited the website, and about 50% of that group visited to verify that information about them was correct. Seventy-six percent of the respondents said they did not change participation in industry activities since reporting began, but 21% said their participation had decreased. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot blog (2/20)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Show off your work this fall at ASNC2015
ASNC invites all physicians and technologists to submit their original scientific abstracts for consideration as an oral or poster presentation to be presented at ASNC2015. Abstract submitters who are in residency/fellows training programs or under the age of 35 have the option of having their abstracts considered for the Young Investigator Competition. Oral and poster abstracts presented at ASNC2015 will be published in the July/August issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. The deadline for submission is April 16 at 5 p.m. ET. For more info and to submit.
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Free symposium March 13: Nuclear Cardiology For Fellows-in-Training in sunny San Diego
This FREE one-day symposium for Fellows held the day prior to the ACC.15 Annual Meeting will enable participants to recognize the proper application of the ACC/ASNC appropriate use criteria across a variety of patients, review the role of radionuclide MPI for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease, and other methodologies and imaging techniques. This program lays the foundation for Fellows to prepare for initial certification in nuclear cardiology. This is a non-CME program. For more details and to register.
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
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