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Low-cost Clinical Trials: Reaching for the Gold through EHRs

High costs and slow recruitment have hampered many a randomized controlled clinical trial in recent years.

Integrating Analytics to Improve the Revenue Cycle

Managing revenue cycles has become increasingly important with healthcare reform’s emphasis on value and efficiency. Analytics help medical systems know where they stand and how they can improve.

ACC app helps treat statin intolerance and muscle symptoms

Clinicians can now use their phones to aid them in treating patients who experience muscle symptoms while taking statins. On June 24, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) released a statin intolerance app for mobile phones and on its website. The app helps clinicians determine if a patient is intolerant to statins and provides them with steps to follow if patients have muscle symptoms when on statins.

Hospital slices time spent on remote ICD alerts by 52%

A hospital in France cut the time spent on remote monitoring alerts from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) by more than half after developing and instituting decision trees. The management tool allowed cardiologists and nurses to focus their attention on arrhythmias and other pressing issues.

ACC to CMS: Finalize rule on Meaningful Use ASAP

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is calling for a speedy issuing a final rule on Meaningful Use, pointing out that there is little time to adjust.

Smart stent: It’s fully loaded but not yet ready to roll

Call it the smart stent. An international group of researchers has designed a multifunctional, bioresorbable, drug-toting stent fitted with sensors and memory storage devices to provide diagnostic feedback and localized therapy.

Test shows hospitals how CDS reduces malpractice losses

Clinical decision support (CDS) tools can reduce hospitals’ exposure to malpractice suits, but few hospitals seem to use the functions that would prevent the steepest losses, according to researchers who developed and tested a risk assessment system.

Digital interventions help corral heart disease in meta-analysis

Digital health tools may be the ticket for preventing cardiovascular disease or improving outcomes in at-risk patients. A meta-analysis gave digital health interventions an overall thumbs up for primary and secondary prevention.

Researchers identify genes associated with increased risk for ischemic stroke

By performing exome sequencing, researchers have identified two genes and mechanisms (PDE4DIP and ACOT4) associated with an increased risk for ischemic stroke. They also found two other genes (ZFHX3 and ABCA1) had protein-coding variants associated with ischemic stroke.

EHR use doesn’t appear to improve quality, outcomes in stroke

Despite all their promise, EHRs failed to deliver in a study that compared the quality of care and outcomes for ischemic stroke at hospitals that had and had not adopted the technology. The results were published in the May 12 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.