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 - Health IT Security

What we don’t see about cybersecurity can hurt us in more ways than just our wallet. While retail cybersecurity may be the more visible cybercrime, more attention should be paid to the risks to healthcare data, according to a perspective piece published in the July 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

 - Stroke, endovascular. neuroimaging, neuro

Disparities exist in the utilization of imaging for acute ischemic stroke based on the insurance status of the patient, though the underlying causes of these disparities aren’t quite clear, according to a study published in the August issue of American Journal of Roentgenology.

 - Glass Half Full

Lowering the amount of contrast used and encouraging more oral hydration before and after a PCI procedure reduced contrast-induced acute kidney injury by 21 percent, according to a study published online July 29 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes


Initiatives to provide timely treatment for patients with acute MI overall appear to making an impact but hospitals still have room to improve in their care of patients who present off-hours, an analysis published online July 29 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes suggests.

 - Checklist

Practices and procedures do influence postsurgical infection outcomes, according to a study published July 29 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The research team found as many as 79 percent of patient infections occurred due to modifiable risks for bloodstream infections, pneumonia or C. difficile colitis.