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February 21, 2013
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  • Hospitals work with drugstores to reduce readmissions
    Walgreens is working with hospitals to reduce readmissions by ensuring patients are not discharged with conflicting prescriptions and following up to make sure they understand how to take their medications at home. Researcher Dr. Jane Brock said medication problems can double the risk of a patient's readmission. Kaiser Health News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ECRI lists top 10 technology concerns for the year
    ECRI Institute has released its latest list of technology issues that top-level executives are expected to pay attention to this year. Included in the list are electronic health records, alarm integration technology, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and radiation dose safety concerns. "Hospital leaders should ask if new technology or procedures really improve patient care and make it a less costly patient-care experience," said Robert Maliff of ECRI Institute. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHR adoption lags among U.S. physicians, study finds
    One in 6 U.S. physicians are making sufficient use of EHR systems to attest to meaningful use, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said costs and productivity concerns play roles in low EHR adoption rates. "My guess is that more people are on the journey [to using electronic records] than have attested to it. But, there are still some physicians who haven't started using electronic health records at all," said researcher Adam Wright. HealthDay News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Products & Innovation 
  • X Prize to pay $10 million for a Trekkie-like Tricorder
    More than 250 companies or individuals have pre-registered for the X Prize competition that offers $10 million to the developer of a non-invasive device that provides physiological information to physicians at the bedside -- much like the Tricorder made famous by the "Star Trek" TV series in the 1960s. Among those vying for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize is Walter De Brouwer, whose ICU experiences when his son sustained a critical head injury prompted him to begin a project called Scanadu. (U.K.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Reform Spotlight 
  • ONC voluntary guidelines for HIE will be issued in coming months
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will release voluntary guidelines for health information exchange in the first half of 2013. The guidelines, given instead of a formal rule, will allow for feedback and sharing of best practices in the health care community. The ONC will update guidelines periodically in an effort to "get something out to reduce uncertainty and let people know what we're thinking," said ONC policy analyst Steve Posnack. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACC News 
  • Lowering blood pressure may cut risk of recurrent stroke
    In case you missed it, a trial presented at the International Stroke Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, found that treating patients with lacunar strokes to a systolic blood pressure target of less than 130 mm Hg was feasible and safe and may have prevented recurrent strokes. There was no significant difference in the annual rate of ischemic stroke, but there was a significant reduction in intracerebral hemorrhage with the lower target. Get more news from the International Stroke Conference. For additional information for patients on stroke, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CCAs celebrate 10 years as part of the ACC team
    The ACC’s Cardiac Care Associate designation and membership group began in 2003 in response to ACC’s focus on team-based cardiovascular care. A decade later, this group has grown to include more than 5,000 nurse practitioners, registered nurses, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants and clinical pharmacists who focus on cardiovascular medicine. Cardiology sat down with Eileen Handberg, PHD, ARNP, FACC, Sara Brouse, PharmD, and Michael Clark, PA-C, PHD, AACC – active cardiac care team members – to talk about the accomplishments of this group over the last 10 years and the many benefits available to all members of the cardiac care team. In addition, Handberg and Margo Minissian, RN, ACNP-BC, CLS, AACC highlight the various activities and sessions offered for CCA members at ACC.13 in a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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