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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.

Allowing patients to write or add notes to their medical health records could keep patients more engaged in their care while also improving relationships with their physicians and reducing physician workload, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have found digital pills could monitor opioid use after surgery, according to a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

 

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1 in 5 Americans reports experiencing medical errors

Roughly 21 percent of adults in America have personally experienced medical errors, according to a national survey conducted by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago.

Inspectors could reduce medical device recall rates by 20%

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could reduce the amount of recalled medical devices by 20 percent by placing product inspectors on a rotating schedule, according to a study published in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

Examining efforts to improve residents’ knowledge of documentation, coding

Standards on coding and clinical documentation are improved constantly, but most residency programs lack education and training. In a study published in the Journal of Surgical Education, researchers evaluated residents’ current knowledge and examined the effect of an educational session on knowledge improvement.

New web-based system for logging robotic surgery experience

Physicians from Loyola Medicine have developed a surgical log tool to improve the reporting of robotic surgeries performed in training. A study on the RoboLog system was published in the Journal of Surgical Education.

Electronic triage tool improves patient care in EDs

Triage sorts patients into five levels—with one being the most critical—but often patients are clustered in level 3 or sorted incorrectly. Researchers have developed an electronic triage tool to improve patient care, helping improve physician decision-making with machine learning, according to the study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Cancer patients value communication, relationships over technical aspects of care

Cancer patients are more concerned with communication and relationships with physicians over technical aspects of their care, according to a study published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Patient-provider communication guidelines remain outdated

The growth of patient-provider electronic communications has advanced faster than associated guidelines, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Sepsis Power Hour bundle decreases patient mortality by 45%

Sepsis remains a leading cause of death around the world, but early detection could save patients and costs. Virginia Mason Institute’s “Sepsis Power Hour” bundle, a way of detecting early signs of sepsis and improved the time taken to treat patients, has reduced patient mortality due to sepsis by 45 percent.

Closed-loop control improves glycemic control in type 1 diabetic teens

Adolescence with type 1 diabetes (T1D) using closed-loop control (CLC) experienced improved glycemic control and reduced risk of hypoglycemia during exercise, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.

Scribes improve physician satisfaction, chart accuracy

Medical scribes are tasked with clinical documentation, but what impact to these individuals have on physician and patient satisfaction or charting efficiency? A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine evaluated scribes in their abilities to ease clinical workflow.

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