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Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a web-based program that uses team communication and engagement to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Medication adherence is vital for patients with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), yet adherence remains low. A study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined if wireless technology and incentives could increase adherence and improve patient outcomes.

Advising patients on decision making with input based on evidence should be the minimum for primary care physicians. But according to a new BMJ study, only 18 percent of clinical recommendations are based on high-quality evidence.

Being woken in the middle of the night is an unpleasant experience for anyone, but especially patients in the hospital undergoing their nightly vital sign check. Researchers from Ohio State University conducted a study, published in Patient Experience Journal, on reported quality of sleep and patient’s satisfaction during as hospital stay where overnight vital signs were collected compared to when vitals were not taken.

Leaving the hospital against the advice of physicians is a rising trend with negative consequences. In an effort to understand why patients chose to leave hospital care early, researchers have published findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to assist in further research and provide answers on how healthcare providers can stop this trend.

 

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Personalized technology brings stimulation to dementia patients

Patients with dementia living in long-term care facilities are often on their own when it comes to mental stimulation. Without much interaction, many patients develop behaviors such as hitting, screaming and wandering. A study, set to be presented at the 2017 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, explains how a new interactive tool is able to increase engagement and improve outcomes.

Only 18% of clinical recommendations are evidence-based

Advising patients on decision making with input based on evidence should be the minimum for primary care physicians. But according to a new BMJ study, only 18 percent of clinical recommendations are based on high-quality evidence.

Advanced Sterilization Products receives FDA clearance for sterilization testing tool

Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) have received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the STERRAD VELOCITY Biological Indicator (BI) System. This system, which tests tools for proper sterilization, is able to cut time when receiving test results from hours to 30 minutes.

Iredell Memorial Hospital utilizes UV light to eliminate pathogens

In an effort to keep hospital rooms safe from drug-resistant organism for providers, patients and their families, Iredell Health System has implemented ultraviolet (UV) technology to better detect those pathogens.

Portable smartphone sensor identifies disease outbreaks, pollution

Testing for carcinogens, pollution and contaminants involves an array of large and expensive sensors accompanied by a trained professional. Researchers have introduced, in ACS Sensors, a new detection system utilizing portable, low-cost sensors paired with a smartphone application to fast track results with high accuracy.

Sleep tight: Less overnight vital monitoring improves perception of sleep quality at hospital

Being woken in the middle of the night is an unpleasant experience for anyone, but especially patients in the hospital undergoing their nightly vital sign check. Researchers from Ohio State University conducted a study, published in Patient Experience Journal, on reported quality of sleep and patient’s satisfaction during as hospital stay where overnight vital signs were collected compared to when vitals were not taken.

Bayer receives FDA approval for myBETAapp and BETACONNECT Navigator

Bayer has received approval for a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in regards to their myBETAapp™ and the BETACONNECT Navigator™. These platforms utilize software to allow patients with multiple sclerosis to auto-administer BETASERON.

Factors identified leading to hospital discharges against physician’s advice

Leaving the hospital against the advice of physicians is a rising trend with negative consequences. In an effort to understand why patients chose to leave hospital care early, researchers have published findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to assist in further research and provide answers on how healthcare providers can stop this trend.

Web-based calculator accurately predicts cancer survival

Predicting a cancer patient's chance of survival allows individuals to make informed decisions, but many techniques are not especially accurate. In a study, published in BMJ, researchers tested a new web-based survival calculator in patients with bowel cancer.

Screening tool IDs patients at risk for malnutrition

Malnutrition in surgical patients raises mortality rates, readmissions and poor outcomes while also reducing recovery time and quality of life. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) in Baltimore have published a study in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery evaluating a new screening tool capable of identifying patients at risk for malnutrition.

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