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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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Clinical interviews predict postpartum depression

For pregnant women, predictive medicine may provide guidance in identifying their risks of developing postpartum depression. Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, a recent study tested the effectiveness of clinical interviews in pinpointing those at elevated risk of depression after birth.

Prototype of portable retina camera simplifies eye exams

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Harvard Medical School have developed a portable retina camera to be used in eye exams without the need for pupil-dilating eye drops.

Poll: Parents take different paths to expert care for sick children

Having a sick child is stressful for any parent—with many of them seeking medical advice as soon as possible. The annual C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll examined the approaches parents take to get medical advice quickly and safely for their children. 

Google develops 'digital pathologist' to improve cancer detection

Diagnosing cancer involves physicians reviewing large amounts of data. Still, variability among pathologists can complicate the process and result in misdiagnoses. Google is hoping to use deep learning to develop an algorithm capable of detecting cancer.

Say what? Translator aims at medical terminology

Thanks to the expansion of electronic medical records and patient portals, individuals have more access to health-related data than ever. But complex medical language can often keep people from understanding much of it. To improve patients' comprehension, researchers have developed a translator of medical terminology.

Datasets may allow for 3D visualizations of pancreas to improve diabetes research

Researchers from Umea University in Sweden have developed datasets capable of mapping the 3D transfer and volume of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The development of such technology could improve visual and quantitative information to be used as reference content for future diabetes research.

Skin tests, decision-making aids improve antibiotic use

Antibiotics such as penicillin and cephalosporin are vitally important to effective healthcare, but allergic patients miss out on the benefits. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) conducted a study using penicillin allergy skin tests and computerized decision support tools to examine individuals who were previously labeled as allergic to penicillin.

Longer hospital stays mean more time at home

Lowering rates of readmission, especially in older patients, allows patients to recover fully while minimizing provider spending. A recent study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) examined factors attributing to the rise of readmission rates after leaving post-acute care facilities.

10 points on patient engagement from a business giant

Measuring patient engagement allows providers identify which variables lead to patients divesting from their own care. CDW, the technology and business services giant, recently released its 2017 Patient Engagement Perspectives, a study outlining the highs and lows of patient engagement in the past year. 

New IT company from McKesson, Change will focus on value-based care

McKesson Technology Solutions has merged with Change Healthcare, retaining the latter’s name for a new IT company aimed at helping payers, providers and customers “as they strive to achieve the best healthcare outcomes as efficiently as possible in this new environment.” 

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