Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Picking a specialist for a delicate medical procedure like a heart bypass could get a lot easier in the not-too-distant future. The government announced Monday that Medicare will finally allow its extensive claims database to be used by employers, insurance companies and consumer groups to produce report cards on local doctors — and improve current ratings of hospitals.
Rising rates of chronic disease are pushing healthcare providers into seeking better and more-cost-effective ways of delivering care. Telemonitoring technology has great promise but has yet to be widely implemented, and the early results reveal significant operational obstacles which must be overcome in the medium term if it is to reach its full commercial potential.
New research reveals that liver transplantation candidates want to be involved in decisions regarding quality of the donor organ, and many are reluctant to accept organs with a higher risk of failure. In fact, more than 42 percent of patients would choose to remain on the waiting list rather than accept a "lower quality" liver according to the study appearing in the December issue of Liver Transplantation , a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nanoparticle technology, researchers from Yale have devised a way to monitor the growth of laboratory-engineered blood vessels after they have been implanted in patients. This advance represents an important step toward ensuring that blood vessels, and possibly other tissues engineered from a patient's own biological material, are taking hold and working as expected.
Traumatic brain injury is associated with a profound suppression of the patient's ability to fight infection. At the same time the patient also often suffers hyper-inflammation, due to the brain releasing glucocorticoids in response to the injury. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care shows that including probiotics with nutrients, supplied via the patient's feeding tube, increased interferon levels, reduced the number of infections, and even reduced the amount of time patients spent in intensive care.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently released a report showing that the adoption of health information technology (IT) has doubled over the last two years. This technology is seen as a way to help improve access to care, help coordinate treatments, measure outcomes and reduce costs.
Only 21 percent of surveyed medical students could identify five true and two false indications of when and when not to wash their hands in the clinical setting, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control , the official publication of APIC - the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Titan Medical, Inc. announced today that it has completed prototypes of the pre-production Surgeon Console and Video Tower, and Beta Patient Cart of its Amadeus Composer platform. The pre-production versions are in the final phases of development and Titan plans to move forward to final design for manufacture and testing.
(PRNewswire) Over the next decade, U.S. hospitals and health systems will face significant changes in the operating environment that, left unchecked, could negatively impact their financial outlook. However, according to research and analysis from The Advisory Board Company, proactive leaders can position their health systems to thrive in the new environment by creating road maps for balanced margin enhancement.
(AP) — The Czech government has agreed to deploy 30 army doctors in Slovak hospitals after more than a thousand local doctors resigned over low pay. Prime Minister Petr Necas says they could stay for 60 days. Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra said Friday they will be deployed over the weekend.
More than 270,000 Americans get hip replacement surgeries every year -- a number that is projected to double in the next decade as the population ages. With various options for implants, including metal-on-polyethylene, metal-on-metal and ceramic-on-ceramic, there have been questions about which kind works best.
Surgeons can learn their skills more quickly if they are taught how to control their eye movements. Research led by the University of Exeter shows that trainee surgeons learn technical surgical skills much more quickly and deal better with the stress of the operating room if they are taught to mimic the eye movements of experts.
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Children's Hospital Boston today announced that world renowned neurosurgeon R. Michael Scott, MD, will be awarded the prestigious Franc D. Ingraham Distinguished Service Award. Given by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/CNS Section of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, the award is the highest honor given by the organization and recognizes individuals whose achievements have advanced the field of pediatric neurosurgery.
(AP) — Firefighters were needed after a flying squirrel went nuts in a New Jersey hospital's emergency room. The squirrel kept launching itself from an 8'-high wall-mounted lamp into a glass wall after becoming trapped in a trauma room at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway.
By SHADOWFAX Okay, I am officially overwhelmed. I am about as well plugged in to the bureaucracy of medicine as any non-professional administrator can be. I am familiar with the joint commission audits, with the Physician Quality Reporting Program, with CMS core measures, with Hospital Compare, with HCAHPS, with "meaningful use," with the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, with Leapfrog, and a variety of other patient safety and quality initiatives.