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 - data mining

Using novel methods to extract data from EHRs, researchers at two Boston hospitals identified three factors that potentially may predict PCI readmissions. They reported their findings Nov. 18 at the American Heart Association scientific session in Chicago.

 - mobile

Guidelines and appropriate use criteria (AUC) are only effective if physicians use them. Cardiovascular societies now turn to apps to give physicians the information they need in a quick and user-friendly format. 

 - computer

An EHR search could help hospitals improve how they spot venous thromboembolism (VTE) cases. Using a bag-of-words approach, a model accurately and swiftly identified deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) cases from radiology reports.

 - doctor texting

An acute ischemic stroke intervention turned a simple text system into significant improvements in door-to-needle times for one center, according to a study published online Oct. 28 in Stroke.

 - pill box

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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Best warfarin time in therapeutic range achieved using algorithm

In treating with warfarin, do physicians know best? New Zealand doctors second guessing an algorithm for anticoagulant dosing did not achieve superior results, according to a study published Sept. 2 in BMJ Open.

Telestroke network's 10-year record shows steady gains

Bringing quality healthcare to remote areas is not only feasible but sustainable. In Germany, a telestroke network launched in 2003 demonstrated progressive improvement over a decade, according to an article published online Aug. 21 in Stroke.

Computer model + 3D imaging challenge FFR as cath lab tool

Using 3D imaging and computer models to allow fast computation, researchers developed a method they propose may be safer, more efficient and cost less than traditional wire-based fractional flow reserve (FFR) calculations for assessing coronary stenosis.

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.