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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.

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.

 

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Home visits reduce readmission in elderly patients

Having a home health worker can reduce rates of readmission for older patients, according to a study conducted by the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and Regenstrief Institute. Findings were presented in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

ANN assists physicians in diagnosing stroke patients

Researchers from the Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory and the Department of Biomedical and Translational Informatics at Geisinger Health System teamed up to develop an artificial neural network (ANN) model to accurately recognize stoke symptoms.

Financial incentives, electronic reminders do not improve medication adherence

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.

Personalized technology brings stimulation to dementia patients

Patients with dementia living in long-term care facilities are often on their own when it comes to mental stimulation. Without much interaction, many patients develop behaviors such as hitting, screaming and wandering. A study, set to be presented at the 2017 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, explains how a new interactive tool is able to increase engagement and improve outcomes.

Only 18% of clinical recommendations are evidence-based

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.

Advanced Sterilization Products receives FDA clearance for sterilization testing tool

Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) have received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the STERRAD VELOCITY Biological Indicator (BI) System. This system, which tests tools for proper sterilization, is able to cut time when receiving test results from hours to 30 minutes.

Iredell Memorial Hospital utilizes UV light to eliminate pathogens

In an effort to keep hospital rooms safe from drug-resistant organism for providers, patients and their families, Iredell Health System has implemented ultraviolet (UV) technology to better detect those pathogens.

Portable smartphone sensor identifies disease outbreaks, pollution

Testing for carcinogens, pollution and contaminants involves an array of large and expensive sensors accompanied by a trained professional. Researchers have introduced, in ACS Sensors, a new detection system utilizing portable, low-cost sensors paired with a smartphone application to fast track results with high accuracy.

Sleep tight: Less overnight vital monitoring improves perception of sleep quality at hospital

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.

Bayer receives FDA approval for myBETAapp and BETACONNECT Navigator

Bayer has received approval for a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in regards to their myBETAapp™ and the BETACONNECT Navigator™. These platforms utilize software to allow patients with multiple sclerosis to auto-administer BETASERON.

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