It’s been nearly 23 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act, a federal law prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities, went into effect. Despite its unequivocal language, studies in recent years have revealed that disabled patients tend not only to be in poorer health, but also to receive inadequate preventive care and to experience worse outcomes.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that more than half of all doctors and other eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using electronic health records (EHRs). HHS has met and exceeded its goal for 50 percent of doctor offices and 80 percent of eligible hospitals to have EHRs by the end of 2013.
A two-day strike by University of California hospital workers ended on Thursday, with both sides claiming victory even though there was no resolution to a contract dispute involving staffing and pensions. The University of California said the vast majority of union workers had crossed picket lines to work at hospitals in several areas of the state.
Same-day discharge for patients receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is safe, feasible, and cost-effective, a retrospective study found. There were no cardiac events, rehospitalizations, or procedure-related complications at 24 hours post-discharge for the 198 (79 percent) of 254 outpatients who had successful same-day discharge.
Intuitive Surgical prevailed in a civil lawsuit that accused it of negligence in its training of doctors using the company's surgical robot machines, a victory as it looks to counter criticisms that its da Vinci machines are unsafe and too costly. The suit, had sought $8.45 million in compensatory damages in connection to the death of Fred Taylor, who had his prostate gland removed with a da Vinci robot in 2008 and died four years later.
Health Care Logistics introduces the customizable Hazardous Waste Cart, a lockable mobile cart that allows staff to properly dispose of varying types of used hazardous materials in a safe, efficient, and separated way anywhere treatment is administered. To customize, users choose their cart color then two colors of security drop inserts.
The newest diagnostic medical imaging monitors for radiology – Sony’s LMD-DM series — are now available from Monitors Inc. Covering every modality including CR/DR, CT, MRI, PACS, US NM, and full-field digital mammography (FFDM) studies, the displays are 510(k) cleared for diagnostic use.
Kimberly-Clark Health Care offers the Patient Warming System M1000 Control Unit. It allows precise (+/-0.5 degrees Celsius) automated or customizable temperature management. Automatic computer-controlled algorithm avoids warming patients above normal range and prevents temperature spikes.
Kaiba Gionfriddo had a rare obstruction in his lungs called bronchial malacia. With hopes dimming that he would survive, doctors tried the medical equivalent of a "Hail Mary" pass. Using an experimental technique never before tried on a human, they created a splint made out of biological material that effectively carved a path through Kaiba's blocked airway.
Transitional care programs are ripe for innovation for forward-thinking providers who are willing to do the difficult work of making these programs a success. For hospitals, even seemingly modest success, such as preventing a few dozen readmissions, can yield a financial benefit – and preventing more than that could save a hospital millions of dollars.
After his close friend died from pancreatic cancer, 16-year-old Jack Andraka unleashed his hyper-drive intellect on preventing more cancer deaths. And as Jim Axelrod reports, the teen created a much faster and far cheaper detection method for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer.
Technology at Michigan's Marquette General Hospital is allowing doctors to better attack brain tumors. Last June, the facility became the first hospital in the United States to perform a surgery using the brain path device to remove tumors.
Women with breast cancer now have more surgical options to treat their disease and save more of their breast. New techniques are faster, gentler, and less disfiguring. Breast cancer has been in the news lately, especially since famous actress Angelina Jolie announced she underwent a double masectomy.
Aimee Copeland, a Georgia woman who lost parts of all four of her limbs to a flesh-eating bacteria after a one-in-a-million, devastating zip line accident, was recently fitted with high-tech, $100,000 bionic hands. This is her incredible story...
Thirty-six students at the University of Central Florida graduated free of debt last week. Just four years ago, UCF broke ground on its medical school. It had no accreditation and no faculty. School officials offered each med student and offered to cover all of their living expenses to help lure them to UCF.