April 29, 2021
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
Researchers study US for treating brain diseases
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are part of a $2 million project funded by the National Science Foundation that is examining how ultrasound could be used to diagnose and treat brain diseases such as Parkinson's disease. The projects range from measuring the skull for better access to using guided waves to deliver treatments.
Full Story: Research Horizons (Georgia Institute of Technology) (4/27) 
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The number of abnormal screenings in women with dense breast tissues declined with a combination of ultrasound and tomosynthesis, according to a presentation at the 2021 American Roentgen Ray Society Meeting. The study conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts examined 12,649 DBT exams conducted during 2019.
Full Story: Medical Dialogues (4/27) 
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Technology Update
A study in JAMA Network Open found an association between advanced EHR capabilities and high-quality care at ambulatory clinics, but quality improvements at clinics that gained advanced EHR capabilities during the three-year study period were marginal. The results suggest that there may be a long lag before advanced EHR capabilities are reflected in clinical care.
Full Story: EHR Intelligence (4/28) 
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Coalition recommends framework for national patient ID
A coalition of over 40 health care organizations, called Patient ID Now, unveiled a framework to help the federal government develop a national strategy for patient identification that protects patient safety and security. The framework, which calls on the federal government to work with other public health authorities and the private sector, covers major components of a national strategy on patient ID.
Full Story: Healthcare IT News (4/26) 
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Practice News
Hand hygiene compliance rates for some units at the University of Chicago Medical Center hit 90% to 100% at points early in the pandemic, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. The center, which uses Purell's Smartlink Integrated Monitoring System, found that before the COVID-19 pandemic, monthly hand hygiene compliance was about 55%, but on March 29, 2020, it hit a daily peak of 92.8% across units, and on March 28, 2020, it was 100% in COVID-19 units.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (4/26) 
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Patient Care in Medicine
A predictive analytics model that analyzes EHR data accurately identified health deterioration among COVID-19 and other patients in an intensive care unit, enabling intervention. Researchers reported in JMIR: Medical Informatics that the Predicting ICU Transfer and other Unforeseen Events algorithm outperformed the Epic Deterioration Index on two test sets that included patients with and without COVID-19.
Full Story: Health IT Analytics (4/27) 
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Data from a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that hospitalized COVID-19 patients may develop heart failure in rare instances even though they had previously healthy hearts. The results were based on outcomes of more than 6,439 hospitalized COVID-19 patients from February to June 2020.
Full Story: HealthDay News (4/27) 
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Career Development
Overexplainers have lots of good things to say, but they might be better off starting with their main point, then underline it with data or a story, writes John Millen. "The real work is boiling your message down to its essence, the few powerful points that really matter," he writes.
Full Story: John Millen blog (4/24) 
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Create time for mindfulness and relaxation by offering movement or breathing exercises during meetings, dedicated quiet time or reflective moments that focus on choices made, Susan Fowler writes. Virtual meetings remain an opportunity to connect in new ways, whether through humor, inspirational quotes or a few minutes for people to share their thoughts.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (4/28) 
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
The CMS has changed hospital quality star ratings on the Hospital Compare website using a methodology revised to integrate safety of care, mortality, patient experience, readmission and timely and effective care. More than 4,500 hospitals were included, and 455 facilities received five stars, 988 got four stars, 1,018 scored three stars, 690 were given two stars and 204 were rated with one star.
Full Story: Healthcare Finance (4/28),  Becker's Hospital Review (4/28) 
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