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January 29, 2013
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  • Study: Patients not satisfied with use of CDS systems
    A study published in Medical Decision Making has linked the use of clinical decision-support systems to increasing patient dissatisfaction. The software may lead to a greater number of patients not carrying out doctors' treatment instructions, the study found. "Patients may be concerned that the decision aids reduce their face-to-face time with physicians," said researcher Victoria Shaffer from the University of Missouri School of Health Professions. The researchers plan to study whether improving patient awareness of the advantages of CDS systems could boost compliance with doctors' instructions. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • Nordion hires adviser to explore next moves
    Nordion has hired Jefferies & Co. as an adviser to guide the company in its next corporate steps. The radioisotope supplier said it will maintain business activities already planned while the strategic review is under way. CEO Steve West said the review is in its "early stages." Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  • Nearly half of physicians are overworked, study finds
    Four in 10 U.S. hospital-based physicians reported being overworked, while 1 in 5 said patient safety may be hurt by schedule issues, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found 20% of responding doctors said catering to too many patients may increase the risk of medical errors, unnecessary lab tests or delayed diagnoses, and 36% said such problems happen more than once a week. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Health Care 
  • Health-tracking apps and devices catch on slowly
    Sixty-nine percent of American adults monitor at least one aspect of their health, and 21% of those who do use some form of technology, such as a smartphone application or an electronic device, a Pew Research Center survey found. "It turns out that half of trackers say they are keeping track of progress just in their heads," said Susannah Fox of the center's Internet and American Life Project. Some apps transmit data to users' doctors, enabling them to spot early warning signs and adjust treatment accordingly, and many patients who have used digital health technology said it prompted conversations with their doctors. MobiHealthNews.com (1/28) , The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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