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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.


Recent Headlines

CMS releases meaningful use attestation preview Circle the date: Attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will begin April 18, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which has posted sample attestation screenshots and additional information on its website.
AHRQ maps care coordination measures The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released "The Care Coordination Measures Atlas," a resource for researchers interested in measuring care coordination, an emerging field of quality measurement.  
Texas group uses analytics to cut readmissions Southeast Texas Medical Associates, a primary healthcare group based in Beaumont, Texas, is utilizing IBM business analytics software to review trend data to help identify causes and design interventions to prevent patient readmissions.
Toren joins Medsphere board of directors Richard B. Toren has joined the board of directors at Medsphere Systems, bringing more than 30 years experience to the San Diego-based open-source healthcare enterprise system provider.
JAMA: Regions with more chronic conditions diagnoses have lower death rates Hospital regions that have a greater frequency of diagnoses have a lower case-fatality rate for certain chronic conditions, a March 16 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed.
HIEs get a new evaluation framework
The Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Marylands Robert H. Smith School of Business has developed an evaluation framework to help states and the District of Columbia create self-sustaining and effective networks for the exchange of EHRs.
Survey: Public indifferent to medical ID theft While consumers grasp the importance of protecting their medical and personal information, few individuals take the necessary precautions to avoid medical identity theft, according to a study from the Ponemon Institute.
MedHOK unveils data processing software MedHOK has released 360Measures 1.56, cloud-based software that has earned National Committee for Quality Assurance Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set certification.
Commentary: UKs P4P initiative has had ambiguous impact on care A commentary on the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse website titled Pay for Performance in U.K. General PracticeThe Ambiguous Impact of the Quality and Outcomes Framework, offers a mixed review of the pay-for-performance (P4P) initiatives of the National Health Services' Quality and Outcomes Framework.
AHRQ: Healthcare access, quality uneven Healthcare quality is improving, but access is still uneven and disparities exist, especially for minority and low-income groups, according to the 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).