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Minnesota health system begins using paperclip-sized heart monitor

Essentia Health, a health system based in Duluth, Minnesota, has begun using a new monitoring device in patients with heart disease, reports an ABC affiliate in Minnesota.

Artificial intelligence increases adherence to anticoagulation therapy

Adults recently diagnosed with an ischemic stroke who used an artificial intelligence (AI) platform on their mobile devices had a 50 percent improvement in adherence to their anticoagulation therapy, according to a randomized trial.

Vascular Dynamics raises $10.4 million to develop hypertension treatment tool

Medical device company Vascular Dynamics has raised $10.4 million in financing, which will help research and development of a product to treat hypertension.

Biotronik releases smaller, lighter, MR-conditional pacemakers

Germany-based Biotronik has launched its smallest and lightest set of heart pacemakers, branded the Edora series, which specialize in patient safety, therapy and comfort while being MR-conditional.

Lightening the Load: Registries Reduce MIPS Reporting Burden

With the launch of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), hundreds of thousands of U.S. clinicians will face new reporting requirements. Participation in a registry, a familiar quality improvement activity for many cardiology programs, could provide a solution.     

Easing the Burden: The Need for More Palliative Care in Cardiology

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association say that palliative care should be integrated into the care of all patients with advanced cardiovascular disease and stroke as a means to relieve symptoms, improve patients’ satisfaction with their care, reduce costs and extend survival (Circulation 2016;134[11]: e198-225). Yet, according to 2015 data from the National Palliative Care Registry, only 13 percent of palliative care patients had a cardiac diagnosis. This finding signals the need for both increased referrals to palliative care and more training for cardiovascular specialists in core palliative care skills.

Using EHRs in Cardiovascular Research: Defining a Shared Purpose

Electronic health records (EHRs) have transformed the way clinical care is recorded and reimbursed, and now their promise for reaching across large populations is making them a key resource for cardiovascular research.  

A Question of Protocol?: How a Patient Education Process Enhances Practice & Betters Business

 Effective patient education leads to improved informed consent, decreased preoperative anxiety and better postoperative pain management. Whether allocating office and hospital resources for patient education results in more cost-effective medicine is a more complicated issue.  

Hardwiring Your Schedule for Growth: New Patients, Urgent Care Should Be the ‘Lifeblood’ of a Cardiology Practice

Don’t underestimate the importance of scheduling in running a successful cardiovascular practice. 

ACC.17 Aims to Deliver Interactive, Personalized Learning Experiences to Diverse Cardiovascular Community

Policymakers from the FDA and CMS have been invited to participate in ACC.17, says Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD, ACC.17 chair and chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Heart & Vascular Center of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. “This year, we’ll be able to draw on local  expertise, which also happens to be our nation’s expertise—people who can help us understand important, timely issues in cardiovascular medicine and in the world of medicine,” he says.