Remember the good ol' days when taking a single board certification examination from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) was good enough to call yourself "board certified" in a medical specialty? Those were the days.
The Affordable Care Act includes numerous reforms to improve the quality of healthcare and lowers costs for taxpayers and patients. Health IT is critical to implementing and making these new payment and delivery models work. It provides the kind of smart data and analytics that is already helping programs such as Accountable Care Organizations, bundled payments, patient-centered medical homes, and value-based purchasing.
A new 3-D motion detection system could help identify baseball pitchers who are at risk for shoulder injuries, according to a new study. The system can be used on the field and requires only a laptop computer. Other systems that evaluate pitchers’ throwing motions require cameras and other equipment and generally are confined to indoor use.
That includes several people who arrived with legs attached by just a little skin, a 3-year-old boy with a head wound and bleeding on the brain, and a little girl riddled with nails. Even a transit system police officer whose heart had stopped and was close to bleeding to death after a shootout with the suspects now appears headed for recovery.
The cause of phrenic nerve damage is sometimes very easy to pinpoint, such as surgery to the neck or chest, or an accident; however sometimes, as in Kurt Matthewson's case, it can be difficult to discern. As part of his usual procedure, Dr. Matthew Kaufman did a nerve transplant with a graft taken from Matthewson's ankle.
The average person with multiple diseased arteries in the heart does slightly better following coronary artery bypass surgery than after having stents inserted, a new study suggests, but the optimal procedure varies by patient. Researchers found slightly more heart patients survived at least five years after bypass surgery.
The Olympus Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy, and precision of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping and suturing when compared with traditional 2D surgical systems.
Sempermed's StarMed Ultra Nitrile examination glove is manufactured with a second generation nitrile formula, providing an incomparable fit and feel without sacrificing the protection and peace of mind healthcare workers demand.
Microline Surgical, Inc. launched an enhanced version of its MiSeal Reposable Thermal Ligating System. MiSeal is the first and only reposable device that simultaneously seals and divides soft tissue using direct thermal energy, offering surgeons the ability to achieve exceptional patient outcomes at a considerable cost advantage.
Attention technologists, CEO’s, and health care consultants: your decisions can be as dangerous as a nurse with a syringe of over-concentrated heparin. When EMRs are implemented that take physicians eyes and minds away from the patient without demonstrable improvement in quality of care (and cause excess spending), patients can die.
To comply with a provision in the Affordable Care Act, drug and device manufacturers, along with group purchasing organizations, will have to disclose all of their payments and other compensation to physicians and teaching hospitals. Those who don’t comply could be fined.
The donated instruments, valued at $4,380, will be provided to the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital in Accra, Ghana for use in orthopedic procedures to help alleviate musculoskeletal problems including complex spine and pediatric orthopedic disorders. Surgical instruments are in need as FOCOS hopes to complete more than 175 surgeries in 2013.
New CDC Study Confirms Effectiveness Of UV-C Disinfection In Reducing Harmful Pathogens For HospitalsApril 22, 2013 12:56 pm | News | Comments
A recent study funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epicenters Program supports and expands on previously published studies confirming the effectiveness of an automated UV-C-emitting device to combat the pathogens Clostridium difficile (C. diff.), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and Acinetobacter spp.
A recent paper's finding as that hospitals in Pennsylvania that had 10% more nurses with BSN degrees were found to have 2.12 fewer deaths per 1000 postop patients than those that did not. The authors extrapolated this, saying that if all the hospitals they surveyed had the same percentage of BSN nurses as the best performers, 500 deaths may have been avoided.
Sony Corp. and Olympus Corp. set up a new joint venture Tuesday by merging their medical businesses, with an eye to marketing new endoscopes and other medical equipment within a few years. Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc., Sony's consolidated subsidiary, plans to develop high-end medical devices that utilize three-dimensional technology and Sony's "4K" imaging technology.