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Decision Support: Improving Data Quality, Improving Cardiology Decision-making

Mountain States Health Alliance headquartered in Johnson City, Tenn., is one health system leading the charge and reaping the benefits of a more intelligent, decision support-enabled CVIS with a built-in quality control engine that ensures data entered into the report are consistent.

Medtronic launches Barrx 360 Express RFA balloon catheter

Medtronic announced this week that it has launched a new catheter for treating Barrett’s esophagus, a significant complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease.

ACC.16: Mobile health intervention helps participants increase exercise and lose weight

CHICAGO – Participants in a low-cost, workplace-based, physical activity and wellness mobile health intervention program had significant increases in daily step counts, exercise days and weight loss.

Dexcom recalls glucose monitoring systems

Dexcom recalled its continuous glucose monitoring systems, which are used to monitor blood sugar levels of patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes.

Digital aide may improve diabetes, hypertension treatment

A new study shows the potential for digital health offerings to improve care for patients with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes by reducing blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels while leading to increased control of blood pressure.

Breaking Through IT Barriers

For this issue, Cardiovascular Business invited executives from five cardiovascular IT companies to join us for an hour. They tackled every question we asked and more.

Researchers assess the 515 Program Initiative for high-risk devices

Using the Impella 2.5 percutaneous ventricular assist device (Abiomed) as an example, a group of authors recently outlined the process manufacturers must go through to market a device.

To Scribe or Not to Scribe: Cardiologists Seek Solutions for Electronic Health Record Woes

Physicians and patients are seeing less of each other over the barrier of computer screens. Is hiring scribes the answer?

Popular blood pressure app has inaccurate readings

Measuring blood pressure? There’s an app for that. Unfortunately, it may not be accurate. A recent analysis of adults in Baltimore found a popular smartphone-based blood pressure app generated a high percentage of inaccurate readings.

Industry Talks IT: Innovation, What Cardiologists Want & What’s Next

Executives from GE Healthcare, McKesson, Merge Healthcare, Philips and Siemens Healthcare joined Cardiovascular Business for a candid discussion about cardiologists’ information technology concerns and questions.