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A pilot program that allowed patients to provide feedback on medications listed in their EHR found 89 percent of respondents requested changes. These patients were also more than twice as likely to use the health system outpatient portal compared to average patients, researchers found.

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A cardiac rehabilitation program delivered to patients in small urban or rural communities beat standard care for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The initiative required less than eight hours of staff time per patient, potentially making it a cost-effective way to treat remote patients.

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Integrating American Heart Association (AHA) telemetry guidelines into its electronic ordering system saved a healthcare system $4.8 million annually without compromising patient care, according to a study published online Sept. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Taking heart health data into a brave new world, Duke University is one of a select few piloting Apple’s HealthKit app. Researchers from Duke will be working with heart failure and cancer patients to pilot a program for uploading patient data to the electronic record using HealthKit. 

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Google Glass one day could become an interventional cardiologist’s new best friend, based on a demonstration Sept. 15 at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics scientific session that showed how the technology was used during a transradial PCI.

 

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Robot-assisted echo exams speed up care for rural patients

A pilot project using robot-assisted echocardiography and videoconferencing chopped months off the time it took for patients with suspected heart failure who lived in rural areas to receive consultations with cardiologists.

Telemedicine bill lists heart failure for expanded coverage

A proposed bipartisan bill would expand the use of telemedicine and provide reimbursement for remote management of Medicare patients with congestive heart failure and other chronic conditions.

Epidemiological approach may help to combat healthcare cybercrimes

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.

FDA dilemma: When apps race ahead of regulatory prowess

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? 

Beware of racketeers making big money on patient records

Armed robbery and drug trafficking are no longer the only crimes of choice for gangs. Instead of a gun, their newest weapon of choice is a mobile phone with Internet access. Now more sophisticated gang members are targeting medical practices and using their smart phones to steal patient records. 

EHR, automated checks help diagnose hypertension

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

CVIS market to top $211M by 2018

The international cardiovascular information system (CVIS) market is expected to reach $211.3 million by 2018, for a 7.9 percent increase from 2013, MicroMarket Monitor predicted.

Outpatient EHR-based tool facilitates follow-up, safety

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.

Telehealth helps cardiology program grow its market

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.

Partnership uses data linkage to improve cardiac, diabetes care

In the fight against heart disease and diabetes, it’s time to start working together. That’s what a collaboration between the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Diabetes Association, the American College of Physicians and the Joslin Diabetes Center intends to do by opening up the cross-specialty dialogue, its leaders told Cardiovascular Business.

EHR-based intervention for secondary stroke prevention flops

The low adoption rate of an EHR-based intervention to prevent secondary stroke likely doomed its effectiveness, based on results published online June 5 in Stroke.

Portal lets physicians review industry disclosures

Physicians and teaching hospital staff now have access to a portal that eventually will allow them to track and challenge data on financial relationships with manufacturers, as mandated under the Sunshine Act.

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.