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 - 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.

 - Heart Image

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.

 - Tablet Physician

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 Instead of outdated and lengthy paper pamphlets, an international team developed an interactive, evolving e-tool to facilitate conversation and reduce disconnects between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. 

 - iniate the call, phone, telephone

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.

 - Meaningful_Use

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.


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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.

FDA clears noninvasive FFR-CT for assessing blood flow

The FDA paved the way for the use of software that uses CT data to calculate fractional flow reserve (FFR) to diagnose coronary artery disease.

Apps & appropriateness: Cardiac societies put guidelines, AUC at docs' fingertips

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. 

Program uses EHR to flag VTE cases in narrative radiology reports

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.

Message is clear: Real-time texts reduce stroke door-to-needle times

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.

When patients review Rx in EHR, accuracy & engagement improve

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.

SCAI updates AUC calculator app

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) released an update of the appropriate use criteria (AUC) calculator tool for aiding clinicians in decision making. Updates to the app expanded the options for appropriately treating patients who are candidates for diagnostic catheterization or heart failure imaging. 

Supplier buys medication management firm for $12.2B

The medical technology company Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD) will pay $12.2 billion to acquire CareFusion, a move that is expected to broaden the range of products offered to hospitals and software used for medication management.

Virtual cardiac rehab program clicks with remote patients

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.

Following AHA guidelines cuts telemetry costs by $13K a day

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.

Pilot program to use HealthKit app to flag heart failure problems

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. 

Looking beyond the tech at TCT.14

The Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific session begins this weekend in Washington, D.C., so charge up your mobile devices now.

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?