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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

'Most Wired Survey' shows progress in tech utilization

Hospitals & Health Networks has released its 19th annual annual "Most Wired Survey," showcasing the nation’s top technological hospitals and health systems. The survey ranks facilities based on utilization of healthcare technologies including mobile health, telehealth, security system and innovation.

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.

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