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Pain monitoring database adds analytics to patient care

by Jennifer Bresnick

A database designed to personalize pain treatment may be effective in reducing costs while providing better care to patients with difficult conditions, said Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine during the society’s...

CMS claims, clinical data team up in new analytics database

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) have announced a new collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intended to pool vast amounts of clinical and claims data in a linked...

Should Alzheimer’s rank as third leading cause of death?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Alzheimer’s Disease may be having a bigger impact on population health than previously estimated, says a new report from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), which suggests that the dementia condition actually ranks third on the list of...

Women on oral birth control are 35% more likely to develop MS

by Jennifer Bresnick

A concerning new study from the EHR data banks of the Kaiser Permanente system links oral contraceptive use with a significantly increased chance of developing multiple sclerosis, says post-doctoral research fellow Kerstin Hellwig, MD.  Women...

Poor sleep could lead to diabetes, heart disease in teens

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the ongoing stereotype of teenagers as too lazy to do anything but snooze right around the clock, a large majority of adolescents taking part in a University of Michigan study about the effect of weight and sleep on chronic diseases failed...

Obesity may increase care costs when coupled with chest pain

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients with a high body mass index (BMI) who present with chest pain may have higher care costs and spend a longer time in the hospital, says a study from the American Heart Association’s Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal.  High...

Study: Pancreatitis patients should be screened for cancer

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients with acute pancreatitis may benefit from a screening for pancreatic cancer after a study found mounting evidence for a link between the two conditions.  Banke Agarwal, MD, of Saint Louis University used EHR data from patients in the...

Will Facebook and Twitter unlock new clues to sleep disorders?

by Jennifer Bresnick

If there’s one thing providers are starting to learn about technology-enabled healthcare, it’s that data is everywhere.  From standardized EHR reporting to remote monitoring sensors to the words that come out of a patient’s...

AHRQ, PCORI invest millions in patient safety, engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers studying population health management techniques and patient safety concerns are getting a lot of love this Valentine’s Day from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute...

Do mammogram screenings do more harm than good for patients?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The conventional wisdom in medicine is that you can’t treat effectively what you don’t catch early, and breast cancer is no exception.  As the second most common cancer affecting women and the second most common cause of death, fighting...

Infection, stroke combo 39 times deadlier to African-Americans

by Jennifer Bresnick

African-American patients are dramatically more likely to die from a combination of stroke and an infection than their white counterparts, according to a study from the University of Michigan.  African-American patients who suffered a skin,...

EHR alerts help screen for deadly abdominal aortic aneurysms

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers in the Kaiser Permanente system are getting some significant help with screening middle-aged men for a generally asymptomatic but incredibly dangerous condition.  By building an alert system into the EHR, researchers have been able...

AHA releases stroke risk assessment, guidelines for women

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Heart Association has released its first official guidelines intended to help women avoid being disabled or killed by a stroke.  The risk assessments target the gender more likely to be affected by blood clots that block vital pathways...

mHealth reminders improve diabetes care, reduce costs by 8.8%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics both improved their disease management and reduced healthcare spending after receiving text reminders to watch their blood sugar and other aspects of the disease, says a new study published in Health Affairs.  After...

Texas HIE adds genetic data for analytics, personalized care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Greater Houston Healthconnect, the Southeast Texas region’s  HIE, has been working diligently for several years to expand health information exchange across a diverse region with millions of patients.  After starting off in 2011 with 14 counties...

California providers team up for analytics, clinical trials

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers and pharmaceutical researchers at major academic institutions and medical centers are coming together to share the costs and quicken the pace of medical research.  As part of the Partnership to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT), a...

Online colorectal cancer risk score helps streamline screenings

by Jennifer Bresnick

A colorectal cancer risk calculator developed by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute has been published online in order to help physicians target the right patients for screenings while letting other patients avoid unnecessary...

Researchers to study use of AI in clinical decision support

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers from Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Informatics and the Regenstrief Institute have been awarded nearly $700,000 to develop a method of using artificial intelligence as a tool in the burgeoning field of clinical decision...

EHR data analytics reveal subtypes of autism in children

by Jennifer Bresnick

The varied cluster of neurological, psychological, and physical symptoms clustered under the umbrella of autism often present slightly differently in each child, making it difficult for physicians and therapists to develop and act upon a treatment...

IBM pours $1 billion into big data with Watson supercomputer

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Jeopardy! champion supercomputer is retiring from the glamour of game shows and getting its servers dirty with some serious analytics work.  While Watson has already been given a crash-course in clinical decision support and dabbled...

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