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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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Respiratory point-of-care testing reduces length of stay, limits antibiotic use

Respiratory virus infections commonly lead to hospital admissions, costing health systems time and resources. A recent study, published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, examined how point-of-care testing (POCT) for respiratory infections can reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and length of stay while improving detection and treatment.

Simulation improves parent knowledge of central line care in pediatric cancer patients

Central line infections in pediatric cancer patients pose life-threatening risks. A study, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, reviewed how providing parents with simulation training can help prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

Augmented reality helps surgeons, students see a bigger picture

Leica Microsystems, developers of microscopes capable of viewing microstructures and nanostructures, has introduced its augmented reality imaging technologies for surgical microscopes at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting 2017. The GLOW800 supports surgeons in making decisions and teaching students on complex neurosurgical procedures.

3D model helps surgeons plan a complex spinal treatment

In complex surgical cases, planning ahead could mean the difference between success and failure. A recent study in Neuromodulation utilized 3D models as a way of allowing surgeons to practice on a patient with a previously untreated spinal condition.

Experian Health, MyHealthDirect streamline workflows with patients scheduling appointments

Experian Health, providers of revenue cycle management systems, has launched Patient Schedule, powered by MyHealthDirect, that aims to improve healthcare workflow via patient self-service appointment scheduling.

Personalized workouts can help prevent heart disease

Personalized medicine can improve a patient's condition—and now a recent study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, showed how workouts designed for individuals can prevent heart disease.

Computerized clinical decision support systems improve care in emergency department

Computerized clinical decision support systems (CCDSSs) are meant to improve efficiency, but evidence of such a positive impact is scarce. In a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, researchers evaluated the impact of CCDSSs in emergency department (EDs).

Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution receives FDA clearance

Royal Philips, leaders in healthcare technology, have received De Novo clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their IntelliSite Pathology Solution. The digital pathology system aids pathologists in improving workflow and is currently the only digital pathology system to receive clearance for primary diagnostic use.

Vertical integration of healthcare cuts readmission rates

Improving the communication and coordination of primary care and hospitals, commonly known as “vertical integration”, was found to be effective in reducing hospital readmission. In a study, published in in Medical Care, researchers analyzing the vertical integration of healthcare in Portugal led to reduced hospital readmissions for a variety of conditions.

Pre-surgery coaching can reduce cost, length of stay

Running a marathon takes weeks of preparation of the mind and body—and researchers are investigating a similar approach, if less intense, to patients before surgery. A study, published by Surgery, found that basic wellness and fitness coaching can cut costs and the patient's length of stay.

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