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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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Home glucose monitoring fails to improve control of type 2 diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes not treated with insulin were unable to improve glycemic control after a year by self-monitoring blood glucose levels, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Daily texts help patients manage type 2 diabetes

Researchers are taking advantage of the reach of smartphones to help type 2 diabetes patient manage their condition. A study, published in Diabetes Care, evaluated the use of text messages in improving diabetic patients' blood sugar management.

New alarm system challenges auditory standards

Physicians can have difficulty distinguishing the multitude of alarms going off at any one time. Repeated exposures can also lead to critical errors or delays. In order to address such problems, researchers developed a new alarm system, explained in Human Factors, to deter repeat exposure and improve patient outcomes.

Online reviews of physicians don't equate to real-life quality of care

A physician's Yelp rating doesn't help patients find quality care, according to research conducted by ConsumerMedical. The study compared top-rated physicians on different review websites with actual performance based on medical specialty.

At-home blood pressure monitors inaccurate 70% of the time

Precision in medical devices, especially those used at home, are critical in ensuring patients are able to manage chronic conditions. In a study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, researchers from the University of Alberta evaluated at-home blood pressure monitors for accuracy.

Electronic patient-reported outcomes extend lives of those with metastatic cancer

Researchers are hoping to improve engagement with electronic patient-reported outcomes (PROs) to increase survival rates in those with cancer. A study published by JAMA reported the integration of electronic PROs into routine care was able to improve outcomes in those with metastatic cancer.

6 findings from HIMSS 2017 Precision Medicine Study

The combination of precision medicine and information technology (IT) has the potential to improve patient outcomes. But many healthcare organizations are slow to pursue integration. A recently released report, “2017 Precision Medicine Study," from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) outlines how healthcare organizations view the expansion and improvement of IT with precision medicine.

Shut it! Keeping OR door closed reduces infections

Preventing surgical site infections could be as easy as shutting the door. Researchers testing air quality in operating rooms (ORs) found that repeatedly opening and closing the OR door increased particle distributions and the risk of contamination.

Paper test strip allows heart failure patients to monitor disease at home

The nearly six million people living with heart failure face a life of monitoring the disease in the event it worsens. This often involves traveling to a physician on a routine basis, but scientists have opened an avenue to in-home monitoring with a simple paper test strip.

Leaf Healthcare introduces monitoring devices tailored to hospital patients

Monitoring hospital patients requires more than what conventional fitness trackers can offer. Leaf Healthcare unveiled a comprehensive mobility monitoring system at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses' National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Houston.

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