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Current online patient portals do not present test information in an easily understandable context for the majority of patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published a study in Preventive Medicine that examined social media as an effective route in generating awareness about skin cancer.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found patients admitted to the hospital are less likely to be readmitted in 30 days if they report higher levels of satisfaction in care and communication with providers, according to a study published in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Utilizing normothermic machine perfusion technology could increase the number of available donor kidneys, according to a study published in the British Journal of Surgery.

Researchers from Stanford University have developed an algorithm capable of predicting patients’ three to 12-month mortality rate, according to a study published in arXiv.


Recent Headlines

Health insurance exchanges get new funding source Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced a new funding opportunity for grants to help states implement health insurance exchanges.
Colo. RHIO, REC tap BridgeFront for e-learning Colorado's Regional Health Information Organization and Regional Extension Center have selected BridgeFront's learning management system to assist members in meeting meaningful use criteria via e-learning.
AHRQ to identify Medicaid meaningful use barriers The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) intends to identify barriers for Medicaid participants to meet meaningful use EHR requirements to qualify for incentive payments.
Six more states to challenge healthcare reform Six states have joined Florida's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Survey: Doctors say reform will hurt quality of care in near term During the next five years, 65 percent of doctors believe the quality of healthcare will deteriorate, according to a survey of 2,958 doctors released by technology company Thomson Reuters and practice management company HCPlexus.
Penn. committee maps out healthcare reform at state level A  non-partisan advisory committee charged with mapping Pennsylvania's implementation of national healthcare reform calls for a consumer-oriented health insurance exchange, clear access and enrollment information, and measures that help the state's healthcare system accommodate the newly insured. 
Study: Healthcare can align Medicare with preventive care Healthcare reform should be able to bridge the gap between the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and Medicare coverage for those services, according to a study published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine.
HIMSS, Life Sciences IT Global Institute join forces The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Life Sciences IT (LSIT) Global Institute have joined forces to provide education, resources and tools to the life sciences community including research, medical devices, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostics.
AJR: Rads at mercy of external forces
As the government and private payors crack down on imaging utilization and reimbursement, innovation will likely stumble, heightening the need for radiologists to do what little they can to sustain patient outcomesmainly by emphasis on quality standards, argues the author of an opinion column published in the January edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Lockheed exec joins CCHIT board The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has appointed Richard Campanelli to its board of trustees.