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Scientists from NUST MISIS have developed “living bandages” created from nanofibers that are capable of accelerating the regeneration of damaged tissue. Findings are published in Applied Surface Science.

Scientists at Imperial College London have developed and tested an organ-on-a-chip showing how pathogens like hepatitis B interact with artificial human organs. Findings were published in Nature Communications.

Researchers have developed a list of recommended changes to international guidelines for the development of clinical trials to gain insights on the impact of treatment on participants and their quality of life. Finding were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Health) have found using a mechanical initial specimen diversion device (ISDD) with additional staff education could reduce contaminated blood cultures by four-fold.

Remote patient monitoring may not improve a half-dozen clinical outcomes, according to a study published in Nature Digital Medicine.

 

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Diversinet debuts communications app Software developer company Diversinet has unveiled its Clinical Communicator application for health IT professionals to communicate with patients remotely via mobile devices and tablets.
Virginia Tech licenses GenoThreat GenoThreat, a tool designed to minimize the potential risks of synthetic biology for the nation's defense and security, is now available to the gene synthesis industry and synthetic biology community in an open-source format.
NIH Summit: ACR emphasizes tech + outreach to lower CT radiation Presenting last week at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) summit on managing CT radiation dose in Bethesda, Md., representatives from the American College of Radiology (ACR) discussed initiatives for minimizing CT radiation dose ranging from technology and education to public policy and voluntary reporting.
Intermountain opens new informatics research center Intermountain Healthcare opened a new center to support clinical information systems, the Intermountain Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research, on Feb. 16, on the campus of the medical center in Salt Lake City.
FDA exempts many health IT devices from review The FDA has down-classified Medical Device Data Systems, including hardware and software used to display, transfer and store medical device data, making the devices low-risk products exempt from pre-market review.
Feature: Service line dashboards help identify missed targets
Dashboards, or scorecards, serve as effective tools in measuring performance, driving accountability and identifying focus areas for improving results, according to Kay Stewart-Huey, cardiac service line administrator at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Medical Home: IT Is on the Team

The patient-centered medical home model taps a variety of technologies, entering the care continuum at an earlier stage and potentially providing better integration among providers. However, cultural change can be as big an obstacle as technical challenges, according to early adopters.

KLAS: Community hospitals consider new CIS options Hospitals with fewer than 150 beds are focusing less on traditional community clinical information systems (CIS) vendors and more on large hospital CIS vendors, according to a new KLAS report.
N.Y. network nets $8.7M for IT support of mental health services Taconic Health Information Network and Community, a nonprofit serving to improve healthcare of New Yorks Hudson Valley community, has been awarded an $8.7 million grant to support better care coordination for mental health patients through the use of IT.
Medquist secures $310M in financing deal Clinical documentation company MedQuist has entered into a $310 million financing agreement consisting of a $225 million senior secured credit facility and the issuance of $85 million of senior subordinated notes. The $225 million senior secured credit facility is being led by GE Capital as administrative agent, and SunTrust Bank as syndication agent.

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