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Views on Ebola: America needs to 'calm down'; political criticism is off base

Views on Ebola: America needs to 'calm down'; political criticism is off base

A Texas university refuses to accept students from Nigeria, where there were a couple dozen Ebola cases before the disease was quickly stopped. [More]
Statement on Ebola epidemic

Statement on Ebola epidemic

The Ebola virus is spreading rapidly and to an unexpected extent. The outbreak does not follow the patterns experienced in the past and the virus shows a new disease dynamic in regions, where it has never been recorded before. For this reason, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the German Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities have presented a statement on the Ebola epidemic today. [More]
Systematic review finds higher levels of multimorbidity in women

Systematic review finds higher levels of multimorbidity in women

In the context of an aging population, the number of cases of people with multimorbidity, or multiple health conditions, is increasing, creating significant healthcare challenges. Now, the first comprehensive systematic review in this field has found higher levels of multimorbidity in women. Equally as importantly, it has revealed the poor quality of evidence on this increasingly critical area of healthcare. [More]
UCLA's new collaborative research effort aims to support adolescents, young adults with autism

UCLA's new collaborative research effort aims to support adolescents, young adults with autism

UCLA, renowned for its leadership in research and treatment for individuals with autism, is launching a first-of-its-kind collaborative research effort to address the health, family and social needs of adolescents and young adults with autism, a group typically overlooked by health care and social services systems. [More]

Precyse's CDI services receive high scores in KLAS report

Precyse, an industry leader in Health Information Management (HIM) performance solutions, is pleased to announce Precyse's Clinical Documentation Improvement services received high scores in a recent KLAS report, titled "CDI Services 2014: Providing Light to Documentation Darkness." [More]
Grand Challenges Canada announces 11 seed grants to improve mental health in developing countries

Grand Challenges Canada announces 11 seed grants to improve mental health in developing countries

On the day the world is collectively raising awareness on mental health issues, Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, announced new funding for 11 novel ideas to improve mental health in developing countries, one of the biggest unmet needs of our time. Seed grants of up to $270,000 are awarded to 11 innovators from Canada and low- and middle-income countries, totalling $2.9 million CAD. [More]
MSH mobilizes resources to strengthen Liberia’s health system, limit spread of Ebola

MSH mobilizes resources to strengthen Liberia’s health system, limit spread of Ebola

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a Massachusetts-based global health nonprofit organization, today announced it is mobilizing its expertise and resources at the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to help the Ministry of Health develop community care centers for Ebola separate from the health facilities; restore essential health services for non-Ebola patients; and, improve the detection and containment of active Ebola cases in Liberian communities. [More]
Bedside ultrasound machine in pediatric ER is cost-effective, reduces length of stay in the ER

Bedside ultrasound machine in pediatric ER is cost-effective, reduces length of stay in the ER

Using a portable or bedside ultrasound machine in the pediatric emergency room has been proven to lessen the length of stay in the ER and to provide images equal in accuracy to x-ray or CT scan without exposing children to potentially harmful radiation. [More]

HIMSS, AVIA announce new initiative to co-develop HX360 to improve health care delivery

Today, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and AVIA announced HX360, a new co-developed initiative. HX360 was created to improve the way that health care is delivered by both inspiring and facilitating the adoption and use of next generation (non-EHR Platform) technologies by provider organizations, in areas where health system executives are passionate to combine the right mix of resources, processes and technologies. [More]
U-M researchers propose new ways to fight sepsis

U-M researchers propose new ways to fight sepsis

A decade ago, America's health care community took on heart attacks with gusto, harnessing the power of research and data to make sure that every patient got the best possible care. [More]
Combination of behavioral support and medication helps people stop smoking

Combination of behavioral support and medication helps people stop smoking

Numerous randomized clinical trials have shown the effectiveness of the two major forms of smoking cessation treatment - behavioral support and medication - in helping smokers quit. Researchers have now demonstrated that this approach can successfully translate to the "real world" and that a combination of the two treatments offers almost a threefold chance of success over attempts to quit without using a cessation aid. [More]
Viewpoints: Relatively few face insurance cancellations; new doctor payment site is 'impenetrable'

Viewpoints: Relatively few face insurance cancellations; new doctor payment site is 'impenetrable'

People are starting to get letters telling them their health insurance plans have been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act. Because the letters will go out just before the midterm congressional elections, they are likely to get a lot of attention. There have been several stories this past week. But the people affected will represent only a small fraction of the population with health insurance (Margot Sanger-Katz, (10/6). [More]
State highlights: States and drug prices; Ariz. limiting Sovaldi for patients; L.A. boosts uninsured care by $61 million

State highlights: States and drug prices; Ariz. limiting Sovaldi for patients; L.A. boosts uninsured care by $61 million

Because of its high cost, some state Medicaid programs and prison systems are refusing to provide Sovaldi to any but the sickest patients. Most recently, Oregon last month threatened to limit access to the drug unless it can get Sovaldi at a deeply discounted price. But Sovaldi is only the beginning. Expensive new treatments for certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions also have rattled Medicaid officials, patients and health care providers. What can states do to hold down drug costs? Drug pricing is a complicated and opaque process. [More]
VHA enters into agreement with Jefferson School of Population Health

VHA enters into agreement with Jefferson School of Population Health

VHA Inc., the national health care network, has entered into an agreement with the Jefferson School of Population Health to jointly create, market and present professional development programs and conferences on population health, governance and other related healthcare transformation topics. [More]
'Win-win' program provides better care to stroke patients, reduces hospital bed days

'Win-win' program provides better care to stroke patients, reduces hospital bed days

An innovative patient management system at the acute stroke unit of Kelowna (BC) General Hospital has reduced the number of stroke patient bed days by more than 25 per cent, according to a study of the system presented at the annual Canadian Stroke Congress in Vancouver. [More]
Doctors, hospitals went digital, but still can't share records

Doctors, hospitals went digital, but still can't share records

After spending billions to switch from paper to digital records -- much of it taxpayer subsidized through the economic stimulus package -- providers say the systems often do not share information with competitors. [More]

Precyse displays HFMA Peer Reviewed HIM Technology and Services Suite at AHIMA 2014

Precyse, an industry leader in Health Information Management (HIM) Performance Management services and technologies, invites AHIMA 2014 show attendees to visit booth #1617 and see how it is driving the power of information with the only HFMA Peer Reviewed HIM Technology and Services Suite. [More]
Antibiotic exposure in infancy linked to childhood obesity

Antibiotic exposure in infancy linked to childhood obesity

Repeated exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics in the first two years of life is associated with early childhood obesity, say researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in a retrospective study based on data from electronic health records from the extensive CHOP Care Network. [More]
New AliveECG app provides patients with free real-time AF detection in ECG recordings

New AliveECG app provides patients with free real-time AF detection in ECG recordings

AliveCor, Inc. announced today the launch of the latest version of the AliveECG app, which provides patients with free real-time atrial fibrillation (AF) detection in ECG recordings using its new FDA-cleared algorithm. [More]
New report urges nations to adopt improved data collection efforts for community health workers

New report urges nations to adopt improved data collection efforts for community health workers

A new report finds that developing nations' ability to deal with pressing health challenges like HIV/AIDS and ensuring maternal and newborn survival will be strengthened by creating a common definition for community health workers, as well as a core set of skills and competencies that would help ensure they are optimally trained, supported and deployed to provide care and treatment when and where it is needed most. [More]