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Why the federal government spent $3 million to study lesbian obesity

The federal government spent millions of dollars in recent years researching why lesbians have a higher obesity rate than heterosexual women and gay men, according to funding records. The ongoing National Institutes of Health study, now in its fourth year and scheduled to last another two, has cost about $3 million to date, the Washington Free Beacon revealed in a recent […]

John Herzenberg, M.D., and Shawn Standard, M.D., Named 2014 Innovators of the Year by The Daily Record

The Daily Record has named John Herzenberg, M.D., and Shawn Standard, M.D., from the LifeBridge Health Rubin Institute of Advanced Orthopedics, as 2014 Innovators of the Year. They were part of the team that developed PRECICE 2, the second generation of the PRECICE(tm) Limb Lengthening System.

Disappointing outcomes despite a massive investment in EHRs

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 committed to the expanded adoption of health information technology, expecting electronic health records (EHRs) to transform medical care while promising dramatic improvements in quality, efficiency and safety. Show More Summary

New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule today that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. Show More Summary

Senegal confirms first Ebola case

The Ministry of Health announced Friday that a man who was infected with Ebola has traveled to Senegal, the first recorded case in the country. The current outbreak, which has already affected four other West African countries, has killed more than 1,500 people and infected at least 3,000. Show More Summary

Walgreens and Greenway Health Complete System Wide EHR Deployment

Greenway Health has completed what they’re calling one of the largest centralized pharmacy cloud-based electronic health record systems ever deployed, Walgreens Cloud EHR. Walgreens has deployed the system chain-wide, giving pharmacy...Show More Summary

WHO says this week has seen the most Ebola cases yet

The World Health Organization said Friday that the past week has seen 500 recorded cases of Ebola, more than any other week thus far. The increase in Ebola cases proves that the crisis is becoming worse, the WHO reports. Most of this week's cases recorded were in Liberia, but the past week also marked record case numbers in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Show More Summary

Factoring in human factors

This article in Crain's Detroit Business (originally from Modern Healthcare) notes:Recent studies have found that rapid implementation of new medical technology — electronic health records, patient monitoring devices, surgical robots and other tools — can lead to adverse patient events when it is not thoughtfully integrated into workflow. Show More Summary

Doctor Dies of Ebola In Nigeria’s Oil Hub Port Harcourt

A doctor in Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola after treating a contact of a Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa's most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. The post Doctor Dies of Ebola In Nigeria’s Oil Hub Port Harcourt appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Ebola virus could infect 20,000 before outbreak is over, World Health Organization says

5 days agoHealth : The Checkup

The worst Ebola outbreak in history is only getting worse. The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the outbreak that has ravaged West Africa could infect 20,000 people before it is over. With 1,552 deaths recorded so far, the virus is certain to claim more lives than all of the previous Ebola outbreaks combined. Read full article >>

Where Are The Opportunities In U.S. Health Care?

By Morningstar: By Robert Goldsborough Since the start of 2014, the U.S. health-care sector has continued its recent track record of outpacing the broader U.S. equity market, topping the S&P 500 Index by more than 400 basis points. Over...Show More Summary

Why can’t an EHR fit into a mobile device?

It’s been a while since my last rant about electronic health records (EHRs), so let’s remedy that right now. EHRs in their current iteration are — how to put this delicately? — an unmitigated disaster. Nevertheless, much of the criticism of EHRs, including mine, has been in the destructive category. What about some constructive criticism? How could […]

Now Here Is A Wonderfully Provocative Article On EHRs That Makes A Lot Of Sense To Me.

This appeared a little while ago.Is the Electronic Health Record Defunct?by Jerome Carter on April 28, 2014 When building software, requirements are everything. And although good requirements do not necessarily lead to good software, poor requirements never do. Show More Summary

Making Blue Button Access to Immunization Records Quick, Easy, and Convenient

While many parents are now able to go online for answers to many of their school questions, some vital health information parents need for the school nurse is often still on paper – namely, immunization records. At a time when we can...Show More Summary

15 numbers that explain the Ebola outbreak

Health workers predict it will continue for at least another six months, making it the deadliest outbreak on record

Hacking Hospitals: The Present and Future Threat to Your Data

Identify thieves stole 4.5 million patient records from Community Health Systems earlier this year. Here's what you need to know.

Electronic alerts significantly reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased.

Worldwide obesity

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An amazing pair of numbers from the most recent Harper's Index:Year in which the World Health Organization began keeping records on global obesity: 1980Number of years since then in which at least one country has reduced its obesity rate: 0There are a few details and some commentary at the New York Times; presumably there is more in-depth analysis elsewhere.

Electronic Alerts Significantly Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased.

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