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UH pharmacy students receive awards for excellence in clinical skills, disease management

UH pharmacy students receive awards for excellence in clinical skills, disease management

University of Houston pharmacy students wrapped up the spring semester with awards for excellence in professional service, clinical skills and disease management, earning kudos at the state level from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists. [More]
Large urban health systems do worse on government patient satisfaction scores

Large urban health systems do worse on government patient satisfaction scores

The largest urban health systems, which serve as safety nets for large patient populations with lower socioeconomic status and greater likelihood to speak English as a second language, do worse on government patient satisfaction scores than smaller, non-urban hospitals likely to serve white customers with higher education levels, according to a new study by Mount Sinai researchers published this month in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. [More]
MedVantx launches MedStart Formulary Connect program for health systems and ACOs

MedVantx launches MedStart Formulary Connect program for health systems and ACOs

MedVantx, Inc., a leading provider of point-of-care medication access, adherence and direct-to-patient consumer engagement programs, today announced the Company's MedStart Formulary Connect program. This innovative program equips leading health systems and ACOs with new formulary management tools that are designed to build greater alignment and advance the traditional medication formulary program upstream in the value chain to the point of care. [More]
Demand for lab and office space exceeds supply at Johns Hopkins innovation hub

Demand for lab and office space exceeds supply at Johns Hopkins innovation hub

In just three months, demand for lab and office space at the Johns Hopkins innovation hub, FastForward East, has exceeded supply. The FastForward program, designed to move academic findings through translational research into the commercial marketplace, was introduced to East Baltimore earlier this year in an interim facility in the Rangos Building at 855 N. Wolfe St. In that time, all of its offices and lab benches have been rented. [More]
New edition of WHO Essential Medicines List includes new treatments for hepatitis C, cancers and multi-drug TB

New edition of WHO Essential Medicines List includes new treatments for hepatitis C, cancers and multi-drug TB

WHO today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers (including breast cancer and leukaemia) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others. The move opens the way to improve access to innovative medicines that show clear clinical benefits and could have enormous public health impact globally. [More]
WHO, IHME partner to improve quality and use of global health information

WHO, IHME partner to improve quality and use of global health information

WHO and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation today signed a Memorandum of Understanding defining areas where they will work together to improve the quality and use of global health estimates to measure the world's health challenges. [More]
Elekta striving to build radiation therapy infrastructures and save lives of cancer patients in Africa

Elekta striving to build radiation therapy infrastructures and save lives of cancer patients in Africa

In Africa, cancer kills more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Approximately 40 percent of cancer cases can be prevented and 40 percent can be cured with the right treatment. Together with Elekta, ministries of health in almost a dozen African nations are working to build up their radiation therapy infrastructures and save lives. [More]
Neonatal abstinence syndrome on the rise in U.S.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome on the rise in U.S.

The number of infants born in the United States with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), nearly doubled in a four-year period. By 2012, one infant was born every 25 minutes in the U.S. with the syndrome, accounting for $1.5 billion in annual health care charges, according to a new Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of Perinatology. [More]
Main Street fully exits investment in California Healthcare Medical Billing

Main Street fully exits investment in California Healthcare Medical Billing

Main Street Capital Corporation announced that it recently fully exited its investment in California Healthcare Medical Billing, Inc. CHMB is a provider of outsourced medical billing, revenue cycle management, practice management and electronic health record (EHR) solutions to physicians, clinics, hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. [More]
Innovative programs, outstanding leaders in health care honored at MHA's annual awards ceremony

Innovative programs, outstanding leaders in health care honored at MHA's annual awards ceremony

The Minnesota Hospital Association honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 31st annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 24. [More]
High-dose flu vaccine more effective than standard dose for elders

High-dose flu vaccine more effective than standard dose for elders

If you're age 65 or older and go to your doctor or pharmacy for a flu shot, you may be offered two options: the standard vaccine, or a high-dose version that packs a stronger wallop to activate the immune system, which is weaker in seniors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says either vaccine is appropriate for this age group. [More]
QPID Health included in 'Cool Vendors' for Healthcare Providers report

QPID Health included in 'Cool Vendors' for Healthcare Providers report

QPID Health, a leader in clinical reasoning software, today announced it has been included in the "Cool Vendors" for Healthcare Providers report published by Gartner, Inc on April 3, 2015. QPID's innovative solutions help hospitals and medical groups optimize their investments in the information held within electronic health records to help improve patient outcomes and increase clinical satisfaction. [More]
Systematic review shows hepatitis B and C testing lacking in many European countries

Systematic review shows hepatitis B and C testing lacking in many European countries

The apparent dearth of research on hepatitis B and C testing in many European countries could be hampering efforts to identify infected individuals, according to results from a comprehensive review of 136 studies presented today at The International Liver Congress 2015. [More]
Mayo Clinic earns No. 3 spot on 2015 DiversityInc Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems list

Mayo Clinic earns No. 3 spot on 2015 DiversityInc Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems list

Mayo Clinic earned No. 3 on the 2015 DiversityInc Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems list for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the fourth year that Mayo has earned a spot on the list. This year's rankings were announced at the annual DiversityInc Top 50 event in New York on April 23. [More]
WHO calls on global health community to address significant gaps in prevention, treatment of malaria

WHO calls on global health community to address significant gaps in prevention, treatment of malaria

WHO is calling on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Despite dramatic declines in malaria cases and deaths since 2000, more than half a million lives are still lost to this preventable disease each year. [More]
UC San Diego, Scripps partner to improve patient care, physician training and research in hospice medicine

UC San Diego, Scripps partner to improve patient care, physician training and research in hospice medicine

UC San Diego Health System and Scripps Health are partnering to provide improved continuity of patient care, fellowship training and research in hospice and palliative medicine. Under a new five-year agreement, Scripps will work with UC San Diego to provide outpatient and inpatient hospice care for UC San Diego patients, allowing UC San Diego physicians to better coordinate post-acute care for patients with chronic illness. [More]

BCBSIL announces four new ACO agreements to improve patient care

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois announces four new, strategic agreements aimed at improving patient care while slowing health care cost trends. Accountable Care Organizations are a value-based care model that seeks to move the healthcare industry's payment structure from one based on fee-for-service, or volume, to one that reimburses based on the quality of patient outcomes and patient care. In an ACO, both the payer and provider share financial risk, and in return, shared savings, while improving the care that is delivered. [More]
Itraconazole drug shows potential in cancer treatment

Itraconazole drug shows potential in cancer treatment

A common anti-fungal treatment has joined the ranks of drugs that may be suitable for use in treating cancer, according to research from the Repurposing Drugs in Oncology (ReDO) project published in ecancermedicalscience. [More]

WHO issues public statement calling for transparency in medical research

WHO today issued a public statement calling for the disclosure of results from clinical trials for medical products, whatever the result.The move aims to ensure that decisions related to the safety and efficacy of vaccines, drugs and medical devices for use by populations are supported by the best available evidence. [More]
Philips launches connected health technology solutions at HIMSS15

Philips launches connected health technology solutions at HIMSS15

Royal Philips today announced its participation in the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS15), taking place April 12-16 in Chicago, Ill. [More]
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