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The Best of Cardio, Health IT News: Week of 12/14/15 

Telehealth trend continues its upward climb

2015 sees digital health funding top $4.3 million

More than $4.3 million flowed into the digital health market this year, with consumer engagement tools, personal health tools, and tracking categories by themselves making up 23 percent of overall funding. Consumerization in healthcare is also driving mergers or funding deals, according to a report by Rock Health.

Doctor shortages, readmission fines drive up use of remote patient monitoring systems

A new report from Frost & Sullivan predicts that the remote patient monitoring market will grow by 13.2 percent during the next five years. The market growth is thought to be caused in part by fear of readmissions penalties, an anticipated doctor shortage, and an increase of chronic health conditions.

Kaiser betting telehealth is the wave of the future

Kaiser Permanente Ventures has invested $10 million in Vidyo, a visual communications company that integrates hi-def video communications into workflow and patients’ electronic health records. Forbes reports that Vidyo is already used by clinicians at Mercy, American Well, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Philips, among others.

Adequate nursing staff increases survival rates for in-hospital cardiac arrest patients 

A new report finds that assigning fewer patients to each nurse and improving working conditions for those nurses can increase the number of in-hospital cardiac arrest patients who live to return home. Outcomes are better “when nurses have a more reasonable workload and work in good hospital work environments," the report’s authors said in an announcement.

STS issues new CABG guidelines

Physicians who perform coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) should use arteries from the chest and forearm instead of veins from the leg in certain patients, according to guidelines from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The STS members who created the guidelines “found that targeting the left internal thoracic artery during CABG procedures was associated with improved survival, graft patency and freedom from cardiac events compared with saphenous vein grafts,” according to cardiovascularbusiness.com.

 

The Best of Cardio and Healthcare News for the Week of 12/7/15 

Good news, bad news: High cholesterol rates are down, but fewer than half of patients are taking their statins

Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the cardiology community? Let us help keep you up to date on the stories you won't want to miss.

 

The good news: High total cholesterol rates declining among U.S. adults

Rates of total high cholesterol and low high-density protein (HDL) in U.S. adults decreased between 2011 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  From 2009 to 2010, 13.4 percent of adults had high cholesterol and 21.3 percent had low HDL cholesterol. From 2011 to 2014, those percentages dropped to 12.1 percent and 18.5 percent, respectively.

The bad news: Most patients not making changes to reduce cardio risk

Fewer than half of patients considered candidates for cholesterol-lowering treatments are actually implementing the treatments, which include exercising more, taking statin medication and losing weight. “Cholesterol treatment gaps” are greater among non-white ethnic groups in the United States than they are for Americans who are white.

Mood matters! Patients with negative emotions before interventional procedures have more adverse outcomes    

Adverse effects after angioplasty and interventional radiology procedures are more common in patients who are fearful or distressed prior to the procedures. Patients who went in with negative emotions were more likely than those with positive or neutral emotions to experience prolonged lack of oxygen, low or high blood pressure, post-operative bleeding or an abnormally slow heart rate.

Hospital staff don’t feel prepared for a mass casualty event

Are critical care and emergency room (ER) staff ready to handle the next terrorist or other mass casualty event? Two-thirds of the physicians and nurses surveyed recently said no. They’re concerned about shortages of available surgeons, beds and blood supplies. 

What healthcare leaders must do to improve patient outcomes

Outcomes-based patient care requires a paradigm shift that has yet to occur for many in healthcare management, according to a Harvard Business Review blog post. Successfully adapting to this new business model requires investing time and money over the long haul, plus taking two other key actions, the post says.

The best of healthcare news, week of 11/30/15 

The future of healthcare, according to one cardiologist

In the future, smart phones might help prevent heart attacks and strokes. That's according to Eric Topol, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, who wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal. Topol predicts that patients will use their smart phones to provide doctors with continuous data on themselves, as opposed to waiting for office visits--a practice that would provide for earlier diagnosis and treatment.

Doctor strikes don't increase patient deaths

In wealthy countries, patient mortality doesn't suffer because of work stoppages by physicians, according to a new study published in The BMJ. Mortality rates even fell during  some strikes. Researchers theorized that patient mortality didn't increase during strikes because hospitals cancelled elective surgeries and continued to offer emergency care, among other reasons. They also noted that many doctors continued to work during strikes, and theorized that those who worked were better rested, enabling them to provide better care.

Age a big determinant of stroke rates in adults with ACHD

Patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) face a substantially higher risk of ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes than the general population, according to a retrospective study.  "Compared with the general population, patients with ACHD who were younger than 55 years old had a 9 to 12 times higher rate of ischemic stroke, and a 5 to 6 times higher rate of hemorrhagic stroke," the study found. "Patients with ACHD who were 55 to 64 years old had a 2 to 4 times higher rate of ischemic strokes." Heart failure, diabetes and recent MI were the biggest predictors of ischemic stroke. 

One-third of healthcare organizations leave records vulnerable to cyberattacks

Despite the prevalence of hacking, many hospitals haven't implemented strong web security programs, according to a survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics and Akamai, a content delivery network. More than 39 percent of hospitals in the survey reported that they don't have web application firewalls in place. And 35 percent of healthcare organizations are "vulnerable to a type of  cyberattack that is increasing in frequency and size across all industries," the survey said.

Paper demonstrates efficacy of repeat BAVs in high-risk population

Patients deemed to be at too high a risk for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) can benefit from balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV), according to a new study. "For patients in whom BAV is the only structural treatment available to relieve their symptomatology, repeat BAV performance is one of the only means to maintain symptomatic control in an otherwise very high-risk patient population," the study's authors note.

Posted by Wednesday, December 02, 2015 10:48:00 AM Categories: cardiology healthcare reform HIPAA hospital management hospitals

This Week in Cardiology: 08/20/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the cardiology community? We've captured the top industry stories from this week that you won't want to miss.

ACC to Launch Clinical Registries to Track Ablation, LAA Occlusion Procedures for AF 

The American College of Cardiology has announced the launch of two clinical registry programs, the LAAO registry and the AFib Ablation registry. The LAAO registry college data on procedural indications, outcomes and more from left atrial appendage occlusion procedures. The AFib Ablation registry collects demographic information, outcomes, and more for patients who undergo AF ablation. For more information on LUMEDX registry software, click here

Only 1 in 10 With Heart Failure Referred for Postdischarge Cardiac Rehab: Analysis 

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, only 10.4% of patients hospitalized with heart failure from 2005 to 2015 were referred to a cardiac rehabilitation program after discharge. Senior author Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow of Ronald Reagan-University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center states that there is "... an important need for targeted quality-improvement programs to improve use of cardiac rehabilitation for eligible patients with heart failure." 

WHF Issues Roadmap for Decreasing Hypertension Worldwide by 2025

Cardiology Today reports that the World Heart Federation has released a new roadmap that is focused on reducing the burden of noncommunicable disease. The roadmap posits that treating patients at the hypertensive level will have a great impact on the prevention of CVD events. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:28:00 PM Categories: ACC American College of Cardiology cardiology cardiology PACS industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/06/15  

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Future of Cardiology Includes Your Heart in 3D

Dassault Systemes, a French company that specializes in 3D software, has released The Living Heart Project - a 3D simulation of the human heart. With the technology, doctors can use 3D glasses to tour a patient's heart and see its muscle movements, electrical impulses, and more. 

What Are the 3 Critical Keys to Healthcare Big Data Analytics? 

A recent industry poll by Stoltenberg Consulting reveals that half of healthcare providers are confused by big data, and 6% are too intimidated to even consider implementing a healthcare big data analytics program. Health IT Analytics discusses three critical steps that hospitals need to take when developing an analytics program. 

FDA to Develop Open-Source Precision Medicine Software Platform 

According to iHealthBeat, the FDA has announced plans to develop an open source software platform that would share genomic information. The software would be a part of President Obama's precision medicine initiative. 

Telehealth Underused in Coordinating Care for Children with Special Needs

FierceHealthIT reports on a new report from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. According to the report, telehealth should be more frequently used in order to bring services to children with special healthcare needs - especially when providers are scarce or poorly distributed. 

This Week in Cardiology: 07/17/15 

The past few weeks have been filled with exciting news for the cardiology community. Here are some of the top stories we've collected from around the Web: 

67% of Adults Should Do This to Avoid Heart Attacks 

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA), the pool of candidates that can be treated with statins can be expanded to 67% of all U.S. adults between the ages of 40-75. It is projected that this could prevent an additional 161,560 cardiovascular events, including heart attack, stroke, and others. 

The Lowdown on TAVR: As Risk Drops, Expectations Rise 

Cardiovascular Business reports on the five-year results from the PARTNER I trial (Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valves Trial), which show that 5 years after implant, "valves showed no signs of deterioration with durable hemodynamics." With risk down, GlobalData now projects that the compound annual growth rate for TAVR valves will increase 19.7% between 2013 and 2020. 

New "Once-in-a-Decade" Novartis Drug for Heart Failure Approved by FDA 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new heart failure drug by Novartis, which has been met with considerable support from the medical community. The drug - Entresto - is the first in a new class of drugs called angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitors that is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure while enhancing neurohormonal systems. 

Best of Health IT News: Spotlight on Cardiology PACS 

The focus for this week's healthcare IT round-up is cardiology PACS and the cardiology imaging market. Read on to see the top industry news stories we've compiled from around the Web. You can also learn more about LUMEDX's HealthView CardioPACS solution here

Interoperability is Biggest Issue Facing CVIS/Cardiac PACS

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology reports that the largest barrier to hospitals seeking to upgrade their CVIS or cardiology PACS systems is interoperability. The article states that: "... an ideal CVIS should be standards-based, vendor neutral, [and] use[s] structured reporting (to enable comprehensive searches and data mining)." 

Global PACS Market to Top $5.3B by 2020

GBI Research's lastest report on the global PACS market shows that the industry will surpass $5.3 billion in value by 2020. The global PACS market is currently valued at $2.9 billion, with the United States leading the charge. According to the report, "... many U.S. hospitals are considering upgrading their conventional PACS and are seeking interoperability with different vendors of EMRs and other information systems." 

Appropriate Use Criteria Improved Some Cardiac Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging reports on a recent study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology that shows that appropriate use criteria (AUC) for cardiac imaging have led to some improvements in volumes of cardiac imaging requests. AUC resulted in improvements for some types of cardiac imaging tests but not all. 

Cardiology PACS Market to Increase 5.9% Through 2019

According to a report from market research firm MicroMarket Monitor, the North American cardiology PACS market is projected to grow 5.9% from 2014 to 2019. As of 2013, the industry was valued at $206.7 million. 

Will the Ubiquitous EMR Invade Cardiology Informatics?

Diagnostic Imaging discusses how EMR vendors are beginning to make forays into the cardiology PACS market, one that was previously controlled by a "core set of image-centric vendors." According to the article, major vendors are looking to expand into the cardiology image and information systems (CIIMS) space. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/18/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

An Ideal Transition: Multi-Campus Rollout of Echo CVIS at Orlando Health 

Download the latest case study from Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology to learn how Orlando Health has successfully implemented a physician structured reporting solution and PACS system for cardiac echo across five of its campuses. 

Interoperability, Telehealth Key to Chronic Disease Management 

Health IT Analytics reports on a recent letter that the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has written to Congress, stating that the healthcare industry should focus on improving health data interoperability, raising patient engagement, and championing telehealth. 

Healthcare Increasingly Requires a Tech-Savvy Workforce 

According to Fierce Health IT, as the use of technology in healthcare continues to rise, healthcare providers must hire doctors and nurses who are tech-savvy. Hospital executive teams also increasingly include a chief analytics officer, a chief transformation officer, or a chief information security officer. 

ICD-10 Testing Lags Among Providers

According to a survey by the eHealth Initiative, healthcare providers continue to lag behind when it comes to testing in preparation for the transition to ICD-10. Only half of all respondents said that they had conducted test transactions using the new ICD-10 codes, and 19% stated that they had no plans to conduct end-to-end testing. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/11/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

How Healthcare Big Data Analytics Is Tackling Chronic Disease

Health IT Analytics discusses the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, which found that more than 95% of the world's population suffers from one or more chronic health problems. Common chronic disorders include: heart disease, cancer, COPD, hypertension, and more.

Healthcare Big Data Analytics Plays Critical Role in Quality

According to a new white paper from the National Quality Forum (NQF), "...the ability to extract meaningful, actionable insights from this wealth of raw information will be the key to improving quality and patient outcomes across the developing learning health system." 

Million Hearts Model Rewards Physicians for Prevention 

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has announced a new 5-year, randomized trial that will reward physicians for the reduction of long-term cardiovascular risk in their patients. Between June and September of 2015, CMMI will enroll 720 eligible practices in the Million Hearts clinical trial. The trial will then begin in January 2016, with practices divided into intervention and control cohorts. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:38:00 PM Categories: analytics cardiology EHR healthcare analytics industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/04/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

An Ideal Transition: Multi-Campus Rollout of Echo CVIS at Orlando Health 

Read the latest case study from Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology to learn how Orlando Health has successfully implemented LUMEDX's physician structured reporting and image management solution across five of its campuses. Read how the hospitals use standardized reports for echo in order to improve efficiency and streamline workflow.

Million Hearts Model Rewards Physicians for Prevention 

According to Medscape, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced a 5-year, randomized controlled trial to test the idea of paying physicians for reducing the long-term cardiovascular risk of their high-risk patients. CMMI will enroll 720 practices in the clinical trial between June and September, and the trial is scheduled to begin in January 2016. 

Improving Physicians' Communication Skills

Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reports on how patients are now rating their physicians' communication skills on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' HCAHPS Survey. The survey shows that higher performance leads to better clinical outcomes, and the ratings will be linked to hospital reimbursements. 

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