Cleveland topped the list of 15 cities ranked by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for its hospital interoperability. The report used 2018 data to determine which cities were better at finding, sending, retrieving and integrating health information.
There are more than a dozen ways health care organizations can promote employee well-being and reduce burnout, including appointing a chief wellness officer, Dr. Liselotte Dyrbye of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told the Summit on Promoting Well-Being and Resilience in Healthcare Professionals. Governing boards can hold organizations responsible for a positive work environment, company infrastructure and culture can support accountability, and EHR usability can be improved.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital determined the prognosis of patients with COVID-19 using a machine learning tool that analyzes data from 30 different predictors. Researchers tested the COVID-19 Acuity Score with 2,205 patients in a prospective validation group, according to the study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.
A study in Academic Radiology found that a breakthrough artificial intelligence calculator for evaluating MRI scan-derived brain tissue damage yielded 70% accuracy in detecting white-matter hyperintensities associated with early cognitive decline. "Our new calculator for properly sizing white-matter hyperintensities, which we call bilateral distancing, offers radiologists and other clinicians an additional standardized test for assessing these lesions in the brain, well before severe dementia or stroke damage," researcher Dr. Yulin Ge said.
A recent study of the CMS' Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, showed that clinicians were able to adapt quickly to telehealth visits and mobile health devices to serve seniors in the program. Income barriers limited the use of technology for some participants, but the study could be a springboard for increased use of telehealth and mobile health, researchers say.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that patient-initiated health information exchange usage climbed across all settings from 2011 to 2017. Researchers analyzed patient access log files from the Indiana Network for Patient Care HIE and found user-initiated HIE usage increased the most at urban health facilities and appointments covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Those findings are attributed to increased HIE adoption and the HITECH Act's financial incentives for HIE use.