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CDC recognizes leaders in VTE prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized eight hospitals and healthcare systems as Healthcare-Associated Venous Thromboembolism (HA-VTE) Prevention Champions for their success in implementing innovative and effective ways to prevent venous thromboembolism in healthcare settings.

VA hospitals have lower mortality than non-VA hospitals in 3 hard-case categories

VA hospitals have been objectively measured against non-VA counterparts on some key performance indicators, and the former have defied their troubled reputation: They emerge from the statistical comparison looking, on average, quite competitively competent.

7 innovative technologies you'll want to see at ACC.15

There’s a lot to see at ACC.15. Here are some cutting-edge technologies you’ll want to check out.

BRIC diagnostic imaging markets to reach $7.6B by 2018

The diagnostic imaging markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China—known as the BRIC markets, are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.5 percent, reaching $7.6 billion within the next four years.

Leading treatment centers and patient group form alliance to improve AFib care

Five heart treatment centers in four states, along with an atrial fibrillation (AFib) patient advocacy group have formed a national alliance to improve arrhythmia treatment by sharing information on best practices, creating better care standards and gathering outcome information.

Perfusion scintigraphy safer for pregnant women with pulmonary embolism

In a comparison safety study between scintigraphy and 256-slice angiography for pregnant women suspected of having a pulmonary embolism, scintigraphy was found to be the safest choice for moms and their unborn babies, according to a study published May 29 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

SIIM: PQRS—An $111M loss for imaging?

DALLAS—Radiologists may be missing the boat by overlooking the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), “an elegantly simple incentive program made complicated by the government,” C. Matthew Hawkins, MD, radiology fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said during an educational session at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).

SIIM: Rad dose monitoring—the good, the bad + the ugly

DALLAS—Radiation dose monitoring initiatives bring both benefits and flaws, according to Jessica Clements, MS, medical physicist and radiation safety officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, during an education session at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.

Cardiac, stroke risk assessments trump dementia scoring as cognitive decline predictors

An evaluation of cardiovascular and stroke risk was found to be a more promising predictor of potential cognitive decline than an assessment used to predict development of dementia, according to a study in the April issue of Neurology.