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 - MobileDoc

Clinicians can now use their phones to aid them in treating patients who experience muscle symptoms while taking statins. On June 24, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) released a statin intolerance app for mobile phones and on its website. The app helps clinicians determine if a patient is intolerant to statins and provides them with steps to follow if patients have muscle symptoms when on statins.

 - Alert, SCD

A hospital in France cut the time spent on remote monitoring alerts from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) by more than half after developing and instituting decision trees. The management tool allowed cardiologists and nurses to focus their attention on arrhythmias and other pressing issues.

 - Bright Idea

Call it the smart stent. An international group of researchers has designed a multifunctional, bioresorbable, drug-toting stent fitted with sensors and memory storage devices to provide diagnostic feedback and localized therapy.

 - Meaningful_Use

Clinical decision support (CDS) tools can reduce hospitals’ exposure to malpractice suits, but few hospitals seem to use the functions that would prevent the steepest losses, according to researchers who developed and tested a risk assessment system.

 - telemedicine

Digital health tools may be the ticket for preventing cardiovascular disease or improving outcomes in at-risk patients. A meta-analysis gave digital health interventions an overall thumbs up for primary and secondary prevention.


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More than 75% of hospitals use EHR systems

More than three-quarters of nonfederal acute care hospitals had an EHR system in 2014, an eight-fold increase from six years earlier, according to an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology report released on April 16.

Healthcare data breaches affect 29M records from 2010 to 2013

Healthcare-related data breaches increased between 2010 and 2013, according to an analysis of an online database maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During that time period, health plans and clinicians reported 949 breaches had affected 29.1 million records.

HIMSS.15: IBM partners with Medtronic, Apple, J&J to launch Watson platform

IBM announced a new cloud-based platform utilizing its Watson cognitive computing computer technology that will ensure secure information can be shared among physicians, researchers, insurers and healthcare-related companies. IBM will partner with Medtronic, Apple and Johnson & Johnson on the project.

HIMSS.15: Health IT leaders name patient satisfaction, engagement as a top priority

CHICAGO—During the next 12 months, 87 percent of healthcare IT leaders said patient satisfaction would be a top priority, according to results of the 26th annual HIMSS leadership survey.

Top 5 Sessions at HIMSS.15

The HIMSS conference takes place April 12 to 16 in Chicago. Here are the top five cardiology-related sessions to attend.

E-transactions could save providers, plans $8B per year

Providers and health plans potentially could save $8 billion each year if they fully adopted electronic information transactions, according to a report from the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare.

Graphic shortcomings: EHRs display lab test data poorly

An analysis of eight popular EHRs found none of their user interfaces had optimal graphing displays of laboratory test results.

ACC.15: Focusing big data on patients fosters better preventive care

“Big data” can change healthcare into a system that better focuses on early detection and prevention rather than acute care—if physicians make better use of it.

ACC.15: Talking Twitter with cardiologists about power of social media

Cardiologists need a significant social media footprint that will allow them to guide discussions and engage patients in healthier lifestyles, but they should keep the virtual communication out of the exam and operating rooms. That was the consensus among panelists at a March 14 American College of Cardiology scientific session.

ACC.15: Get to know Philips Healthcare

Before heading off to ACC.15, Yair Briman, general manager of healthcare IT with Philips Healthcare, answered a few questions about the conference for Cardiovascular Business.

Inpatient access to EHRs: Fears allayed but benefits don’t pan out

Cardiologists and other clinicians might be wary of giving patients direct access to their EHR while they are in the hospital, but their concerns decreased after using it in a real-world setting, according to a study.

Apple’s ResearchKit pumps new blood into heart studies

Apple launched an open-source project that will facilitate medical research, including an iPhone app for monitoring cardiovascular health.

Harnessing technology innovations to improve cardiovascular health outcomes

Innovative technologies that facilitate patient-centered care can help reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease. With research support, those technologies can be implemented broadly.  

European societies offer roadmap for clear nuclear cardiology reporting

A good picture may be worth a thousand words, but good image reporting helps cardiologists treat their patients optimally. A committee of European nuclear imaging and cardiovascular imaging professionals offered a series of recommendations on how to make that possible.

3D printed roadmap provides simulation for aortic arch stenting

Chalk another one up to 3D modeling: In a case study, a 15-year old boy had a successful endovascular stent implantation for an aortic arch hypoplasia. Physicians guided their actions and decisions based on printed 3D models of his heart.

Electronic shared-decision tool may open up patient-provider dialogue

Getting patients and providers on the same page about treatment is a historically difficult prospect. Instead of outdated and lengthy paper pamphlets, an international team developed an interactive, evolving e-tool to facilitate conversation and reduce disconnects between physicians and patients. 

Speech-based med reminders show promise with familiarity, repetition

Physicians trying to improve older patients' adherence to medication may find a verbal reminder another tool in their arsenal, if it is delivered effectively. According to a study published in the January issue of Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, patients remembered best when the medication name was already familiar and repeated more than once.

KLAS unveils tops for software, services

KLAS released its “Best in KLAS” awards for 2014. For cardiology, Merge won top laurels while Epic captured two overall awards.

Machine approach eliminates labor-intensive data entry

Tired of plugging patient data into computers for quality assessments, especially when it requires digging through files and other time-consuming tasks? Relief may be in sight.

High-risk patients identified by program but only 57% medicated

Providing quality care for patients at risk for cardiovascular disease relies on improving both identification and properly medicating those patients at highest risk. An Australian-based randomized cluster study succeeded on increasing one part of that equation, but not the other.