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Adopting Structured Reporting in the Cath Lab: Strategies that Work

Making the change to structured reporting in the cath lab is not easy, simple, fast or fun. But it can be done, according to interventional cardiologists who have taken the challenge and succeeded.

Despite advances in technology, cardiologists still use stethoscopes

Although doctors are relying more on echocardiograms and pocket-size ultrasound devices, cardiologists and other providers also continue to use stethoscopes, the Washington Post reports. In fact, the FDA last year approved a stethoscope that reproduces sounds on a cellphone app and sends them to an electronic medical record.

PwC identifies 10 healthcare issues to look for in 2016

In 2016, consumers and clinicians will embrace technology to create a more connected healthcare system, according to a forward-looking report from the PwC Health Research Institute (HRI).

Cardiac Dimensions appoints new CEO and President

Cardiac Dimensions, a privately held medical device company, hired Gregory D. Casciaro as its CEO and President on Dec. 15.

When every second counts: Mobile stroke unit performs well in study

A mobile stroke treatment unit (MSTU) equipped with telemedicine, including a neuroradiologist remotely assessing images obtained by mobile CT, may be an effective way to provide accurate care, according to a recent study published in JAMA Neurology that put Cleveland Clinic's unit to the test.

Cardiologist writes about the future of medicine

Eric Topol, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal on the future of medicine. Topol predicts providers and patients will continuously monitor data and apply the findings to treat conditions such as heart failure.

Smart Care for Heart Care: eSolutions for Improving Patient Compliance

Tools that help patients adhere to doctor’s recommendations improve patient outcomes—it’s simple math with a host of benefits.

Does Crowdsourcing Have a Future in Solving Medical Mysteries?

For three years, Carly Heyman visited numerous doctors, searching for answers on why she was feeling so sick. She spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours going from specialist to specialist, all of whom could not help her. Her symptoms persisted. 

Data lacking on using mobile technologies to improve cardiovascular disease risk

Although the number of smartphone applications and wearable sensors has increased significantly in recent years, a group convened by the AHA found that research was lacking in terms of whether the applications or devices helped reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

On the QT: EMR Drug Alerts That Physicians Value

Patient safety is a major concern for every health professional. However, for cardiologists, the interaction of certain drugs and heart conditions make vigilance against contraindications and complications an added battle. EMRs can help, but only if they work reliably and clinicians observe alerts.

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