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 - 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.

 - genes and molecules

By performing exome sequencing, researchers have identified two genes and mechanisms (PDE4DIP and ACOT4) associated with an increased risk for ischemic stroke. They also found two other genes (ZFHX3 and ABCA1) had protein-coding variants associated with ischemic stroke.

 - HIE

Despite all their promise, EHRs failed to deliver in a study that compared the quality of care and outcomes for ischemic stroke at hospitals that had and had not adopted the technology. The results were published in the May 12 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 - interoperability

More than 60 percent of physicians said the healthcare industry was doing a poor job with interoperability, according to an online survey. Meanwhile, 95 percent of physicians said they experienced a delay or difficulty in delivering medical care because patients’ health records were not accessible or shared.

 - EHR, mobile device

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.


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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. 

KLAS survey: 45% pondering CVIS consolidation

One third of cardiology departments have consolidated their cardiovascular information system (CVIS) vendors and 45 percent plan to do so, according to a recent survey.

More at your fingertips: ACC adds conditions, tools to guideline app

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released more content for the Guideline Clinical app, the first update following the November launch. The update expands available tools and guidelines for valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation.

Cardiology PACS markets growing in N. America, Europe, Asia

The cardiology picture archiving and communication system (PACS) market is projected to grow at a robust rate in North America, Europe and Asia over the next five years, according to analyses.

Did u take ur meds? Texting improves BP/lipid medication adherence

In an increasingly mobile world, physicians need tools that include media patients won’t ignore. One London-based study sent blood pressure or lipid-lowering medication reminders to patients via text messages that required participants to respond, with some success.

EHR-linked reminders improve heart medication adherence

Sometimes, a little reminder does a heart a world of good. Real-world patients given EHR-linked, automated reminders to refill prescriptions for statins and other heart medications had better adherence to medication and ultimately better outcomes.