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February 5, 2013
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  • Study finds disparity in prescriptions for heart drugs
    Americans without health coverage are 6% to 12% less likely than those who have insurance to be prescribed drugs for heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Patients treated at clinics where many uninsured patients receive care were the least likely to be prescribed heart drugs. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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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  • Group releases new stroke care guidelines
    Stroke patients should be given anticlotting drugs and other necessary treatments within one hour of arriving in the emergency department to reduce brain damage and hasten recovery, according to new guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association. To maximize its effectiveness, the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator should be given within four and a half hours after the onset of symptoms, the group said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Stroke. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (1/31), HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

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  • U.K. makes strides in improving access to interventions
    Access to interventional cardiology treatments has been vastly expanded in the U.K., and the number of percutaneous coronary intervention procedures has doubled in 10 years as a result, according to new data. Primary angioplasty has become the preferred treatment for patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction, and the number of PCI-capable facilities has expanded. In addition, the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research data show radial access is preferred, door-to-balloon times are "impressive" and stent and drug-eluting stent use mirrors that of other countries. Medscape (free registration) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SCAI 2013: Call for Late-Breaking Clinical Trial submissions
    The Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Submission site for the SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions is now open! There are several great reasons to plan on presenting your research at Interventional Cardiology's most focused meeting. First, your results will be heard loud and clear. SCAI will promote your clinical trial at its onsite newsroom, in its robust media kit and to its extensive list of mainstream and trade journalists. LBCTs presented at SCAI Scientific Sessions have been prominently featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and more! Second, with its focus on interventional cardiology (90% of attendees are invasive/interventional cardiologists), SCAI 2013 attendees are exactly those you want your results to reach and they won't be distracted by headliners from other subspecialties or general cardiology. Finally, SCAI 2013 is just the right size to foster collegial education, dialogue and collaboration. You'll find yourself discussing your findings long after your presentation. Submit your clinical trial today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preeclampsia Foundation helps SCAI spread the news about heart health
    On the heels of data presented by SCAI-Women in Innovations Chair Roxana Mehran, M.D., FSCAI, about the possible link between certain pregnancy complications and risk for future cardiovascular disease, the Preeclampsia Foundation is helping SCAI and SecondsCount.org spread the word about heart health — especially for women who are preeclampsia survivors. The Foundation's February e-newsletter shares key information from SecondsCount's "Pregnancy & Your Heart" information sheet and quotes Editor-in-Chief John P. Reilly, M.D., FSCAI. Check out the Preeclampsia Foundation website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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