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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.

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.

 

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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.

Online ratings do not correlate to physician performance

Online ratings of physicians do not accurately represent quality or value of care, according ot a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

85% of physicians: Fear of malpractice leads to over-treatment

Over-treating patients means wasted resources and increased exposure to harm for individuals. In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers surveyed physicians on causes, prevalence and consequences of over-treatment.

76% of pregnant women use the internet for medication info

Accessing medical information over the internet can be helpful to quickly gain tips in keeping healthy—but it's unknown how often these searches lead to one purchasing online prescriptions. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing examined rates of pregnant women who search online for medication advice and purchase prescriptions.

Combining addiction treatment, primary care improves access for opioid addiction

Treating opioid addiction by combining primary care and addiction treatment leads to higher rates of drug abstinence, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Toothache, back pain top list of 'avoidable' reasons to visit ED

Reducing the amount of avoidable emergency department (ED) visits could save healthcare organizations money while also improving patient health. A study in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care examined the types of avoidable ED visits to provide policymakers with data to help limit unnecessary ED visits.

Patients with low health literacy 2.3 times more likely to visit ED

Preventative medicine has been proven to improve overall health of patients while also reducing the cost of care, but many factors avert the possibilities of prevention. In a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine, researchers evaluated the correlation between health literacy and preventable emergency department (ED) visits that resulted in admission.

Predictive model IDs patients at risk of opioid dependence

The opioid epidemic continues to impact millions of Americans, but researchers have developed a new method to genetically identify patients more at risk of developing an opioid addiction. Findings are published in Annals of Clinical & Laboratory Science.

ivWatch receives innovative technology contract from Vizient

ivWatch, providers of continuous monitoring devices, has been awarded the Innovative Technology contract from the healthcare performance improvement provider Vizient.

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