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Regulatory

House committee passes bill to improve VA information sharing

May 9, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted on Tuesday to pass legislation that streamlines and consolidates the VA’s community care programs, including establishing processes to improve information sharing with non-VA providers and ensuring safe opioid prescribing practices. The VA Maintaining […]


Innovation, Med Tech

Enhanced imaging could cut errors in robot-aided surgeries

May 9, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Adding photoacoustic imaging to some robotic surgery procedures may reduce the number of injuries that inadvertently occur, according to a recent study in the Journal of Medical Imaging. The research specifically looked at hysterectomies and potential damage to the ureter […]


Data Security, Information Management

12 key steps in responding to a data breach

May 8, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Every healthcare organization should have an incident response plan (IRP) in place before it experiences a breach of protected health information. The IRP is the roadmap for what to do in the event of a data breach—it contains the specific […]


Biomarker, Innovation

New blood test identifies chronic pain instantly

May 8, 2018

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Australian researchers have developed a new blood test, called painHS, which instantly identifies the severity of chronic pain by using colour biomarkers. The research was led by Mark Hutchinson who is a neuroscientist and the director of the Australian Research […]


Innovation, Med Tech

New liver transplantation technology being used in hospitals

May 8, 2018

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Liver transplantation is the accepted treatment for end-stage-liver failure and is the last option for the patient. One of the biggest challenges in the transplantation field is the availability of organs, as the number of people that need a transplant […]


EHR & EMR

How EHRs Give Time Back to Nurses

May 7, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

It goes without saying that nurses are busy. Caring for patients and keeping up with documentation (amidst their many other clinical responsibilities) takes up the majority of their time and resources. However, there are tools that nurses should add to […]


Innovation, Med Tech

Statistical analysis can help reduce needless breast biopsies

May 7, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Imaging studies that identify suspicious lesions in women’s breasts often lead to biopsies, even in cases that are only minimally suspicious. These tests to rule out false positives can cause needless anxiety and risks to their health. But combining the […]


Data Privacy, Information Management

Feds issue guidance on substance abuse confidentiality law

May 4, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have issued guidance to help providers apply Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 to healthcare settings, including the […]


Biomarker, Innovation

Researchers discover potential biomarker for autism

May 4, 2018

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Stanford University researchers have identified a link between vasopressin hormone and autism in children, leading the way for development of a diagnostic test. In collaboration with the University of California-Davis, the team found that low vasopressin levels in the cerebrospinal […]


Opinions

How Healthcare Disruption Will Help Retailers

May 3, 2018

Via: Forbes

Healthcare is one-sixth of the U.S. economy. It is a $3 trillion industry. And it is hopelessly broken. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Walmart (WMT) was in early talks to buy or partner closely with Humana (HUM), […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Researchers study how neurostimulator can improve rehabilitation for stroke patients

May 3, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are among the first in the world studying how a specific type of neurostimulator can improve rehabilitation for stroke patients. As part of the clinical trial, an electrical device called a […]


Data Privacy, Data Security, Information Management

Can Mobile Health Apps Be Made More Secure?

May 2, 2018

Via: Aberdeen Essentials

Mobile health apps are growing in popularity among doctors and patients alike. In a world where people are often too busy or unable to go to an appointment,  telemedicine can give people a chance to connect with their health providers. […]


Data Security, Information Management

Curiosity Killed the Healthcare Organization

May 2, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

Study Shows that Healthcare’s Internal Security Breaches Exceed External Ones Was that Lady Gaga in the emergency room? What kind of procedure is my ex having? If you’re a healthcare organization, curiosity is one reason why your employees are a […]


Opinions

Text messaging service could help reduce opioid relapses

May 2, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine and Epharmix, a St. Louis-based digital health vendor, have developed an automated text messaging service that they believe can reduce opioid abuse and decrease the chances of patient relapse. Using the service […]


Opinions

Riding The Disruption Wave In Healthcare

May 1, 2018

Via: Forbes

When it comes to innovation, healthcare presents a paradox. It is both a hare and a tortoise. While life-altering breakthroughs in medical treatments can come at a rapid pace, improvements to the way healthcare is actually delivered often happen very […]