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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.

 - tablet

From phone and tablet apps that help providers review imaging data to functions that turn phones into cardiac monitors, mobile health – or mHealth – is one area where the tide of innovation is turning to develop better patient care. Can the FDA keep up with new mHealth apps to ensure they are safe and effective? 

 - EHR, mobile device

Using an EHR and automated office blood pressure checks together, one research team is applying 21st century solutions to the problem of diagnosing hypertension.

 - Doctor & Patient

Whether patients required follow-up for statins, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening or one of 22 other care gaps, Kaiser Permanente unveiled electronic tools for catching outpatient problems early, as described in an article published June 26 in eGEMs.

 - Meaningful_Use

Telehealth offers a way to expand outreach and simultaneously improve population health. And for a cardiology enterprise, it might not be as expensive you think, according to the director of telehealth and telecardiology at the Minneapolis Heart Institute.


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Playing doctor: Online game improves blood pressure treatment

Physicians in a randomized trial who engaged in an online educational game that tested their knowledge of treatment for hypertension scored higher than controls in a post-test analysis and achieved modestly better improvement on outcome measures.

Alert flags patients at risk of drug-induced fatal arrhythmia

A computerized clinical decision support system reduced the risk of hospitalized patients experiencing a potentially life-threatening arrhythmia, researchers reported online May 6 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Sleeper in Seattle: A standout for hypertension

Seattle may be the best place to live if keeping blood pressure at a healthy range is your priority. The home device maker iHealth reported that 19.6 percent of patients in Seattle had high blood pressure, well below the national average of 36.3 percent.

Virtual care strategies align with value-based reimbursement

Providers who integrate remote care management (RCM) strategies into their post-discharge protocols will be well positioned as reimbursement transitions from fee for service to value based, an executive wrote April 4 in the Health Affairs blog. His hospital reduced congestive heart failure 30-day readmissions by 4 percent using RCM technology.

CVIS market may hit $233M by 2018

The global cardiovascular information system (CVIS) market is on a growth trajectory, a market research company reported in April.

Trial tests use of email to motivate heart failure patients

Can a patient’s inbox provide a way out from the burdens of chronic heart failure? A clinical trial in Canada is testing whether an e-consulting strategy will help patients adhere to self-care protocols without taxing the healthcare system.

Cloud-based platform may make ECG data easier to assess

A new Web-based platform that analyzes multimodal signals may help make electrophysiological data easier to evaluate and incorporate into clinical research, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Facebook jokes get laughs at doctor’s expense

Have you heard the one about the doctor? If so, there’s fairly good odds it got a laugh at the doctor’s expense, according to a study of jokes passed around on Facebook.

Device created using printer may predict heart attacks

A new 3D device created with the help of a printer precisely fits the entire epicardium and may help clinicians predict a heart attack as well as deliver treatment and assess heart health, according to research published online Feb. 25 in Nature Communications.

Risk calculator available as free mobile app

Physicians can access a free app to calculate a patient’s 10-year and lifetime risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Online ‘heart age’ tool may lower CVD risk

Knowing how old their heart is may lead people to lower their cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk better than a modified Framingham risk score, a study published online Feb. 3 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found.

Topol joins AT&T as chief medical adviser

It’s not complicated. AT&T has selected one of the hottest names in cardiology as its chief medical adviser. AT&T announced that the popular author and wireless tech guru Eric Topol, MD, will lead the charge in its healthcare IT program.

Telestroke services save money, improve outcomes

The use of telestroke networks may be more cost-efficient and lead to better outcomes among acute ischemic stroke patients than routine treatment at a community hospital with no such network, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.

Cardiovascular specialists make gains in e-prescribing

Cardiologists, like physicians in general, haven’t fully embraced e-prescribing but a study found the specialty is ahead of the pack in ownership and use of computerized prescription systems.

Smartphones help keep cholesterol in check

People who strive to be the picture of perfect health may find a helper in the form of their smartphones. Engineers have designed an accessory that uses a smartphone camera to measure cholesterol levels.

Billing code-based algorithm helps identify PAD cases

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic designed and validated an algorithm using billing codes that accurately identifies people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) in a community-based sample.

Docs see value in EHR-based quality improvement program

A trial program designed to incentivize the achievement of quality improvement goals in cardiovascular care received positive feedback from participating physicians, according to a report in the November issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.

Registry to collect data on youths’ heart-related deaths

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are building a registry to track sudden deaths in young people with heart-related conditions and epilepsy.

Should access to clinical data be expanded?

In order to ensure broader public access to clinical trial data, a system should be in place that provides the desired information while protecting patient privacy and the integrity of the data, according to a report published online Oct. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine

ICD-10: What you need to know

On Oct. 1, 2014, the ICD-10 system will replace the current ICD-9 codes. ICD-10 implementation will change the way coding is currently done and the code set will grow from 14,315 diagnosis codes to more than 69,099 codes. These changes will require a significant effort to implement the new system and this is the time to start preparations in your practice.