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An emergency department (ED)-based transitional care nurse (TCN) program, focusing on geriatric care, was able to reduce the number of unnecessary hospitalizations by 33 percent. Findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) computer model capable of identifying the progression of kidney damage and predicting the remaining life of the organ using biopsy images. Findings were published in Kidney International Reports.

Columbia University and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have developed a machine learning computer system that uses keywords found on Yelp reviews to identify foodborne illnesses and outbreaks. Findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Patient portals are meant to improve patient knowledge and engagement, but the current use of portals has not produced significant differences in outcomes, according to a study published in the Journal of Informatics in Health and Biomedicine.

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have found the implementation of an emergency department (ED) care coordination program could reduce costs and admission rates, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

 

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Decision support app IDs heart failure patients at risk of disease progression

Researchers from Intermountain Healthcare have developed a clinical decision support application capable of identifying when heart failure advances and is capable of notifying physicians. Findings were published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure.

Online portals fail to present info in a way meaningful to patients

Current online patient portals do not present test information in an easily understandable context for the majority of patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Video game improves physician triage of severe trauma patients

Physicians who played a video game showing a young doctor treating severe trauma patients were better able to distinguish patients in need of higher level of care, according to a study published in The BMJ.

Viral post on social media increases awareness of skin health, cancer risks

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.

Higher satisfaction in care, communication reduces readmission rate

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.

Scientist develop software to predict tumor markers

Scientists from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed a software program capable of predicting which tumor-specific markers will appear on the surface of leukemia cells in patients who received stem cells. Findings were presented at the 59th Annual American Society for Hematology Annual Meeting.

Surgical recording device differentiates between novice, expert surgeons

Researchers from the Keck Medicine of University of Southern California (USC) have found using a recording device during surgical procedures can differentiate between novice and expert surgeons. Findings, published in The Journal of Urology, aimed to improve the evaluation process of surgeon proficiency and standardizing credentialing.

2 studies find video game tech accurate in patient motion capture

Researchers from the University of Missouri believe depth cameras from video game consoles could provide additional insight to physical therapists, clinicians and athletic trainers. Findings are published in Journal of Applied Biomechanics and Sports Health.

Insights into the future digital health landscape

In the "Top of Mind for Top U.S. Health Systems 2018" report, survey results from more than 20 U.S. executives provided a look into how healthcare professionals are prioritizing health information technology trends.

Implementation of I-PASS Nursing Handoff Bundle reduces communication errors

The I-PASS Nursing Handoff Bundle intervention could reduce rates of handoff error while maintaining a steady workflow, according to a study published in BMJ Quality & Safety.

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