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EHRs are top factor contributing to physician burnout

Editor's Note A recent Reaction Data survey of 254 physicians found that 21% believed electronic health records (EHRs) were the biggest determinant in burnout, followed by payers/preauthorization, regulatory compliance, and internal bureaucracy, the July 31 Healthcare Informatics reports. All factors had a common theme of consuming time and preventing physicians…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2018
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Survey: 49% of adults worry about healthcare data security

Editor's Note In a survey of more than 2,000 US adults, The Harris Poll on behalf of healthcare marketing firm Scout found that nearly half are extremely or very concerned about the security of their healthcare data, the July 30 Health IT Security reports. The survey also found that 47%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2018
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FDA issues update on wearable cardioverter defibrillator

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 25 issued an update for the Zoll LifeVest 4000 wearable cardioverter defibrillator. The update provides information on efforts by Zoll to remedy the potential hazard of the device failing to deliver a life-saving shock if not replaced soon after displaying…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2018
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ECRI Institute’s Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety releases new recommendations

Editor's Note The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a collaborative operated by ECRI Institute, released a new report on July 26 that identifies ways technology can reduce and eliminate diagnostic testing and medication errors. The report, “Health IT Safe Practices for Closing the Loop,” is based on events reported…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2018
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US House votes to kill medical device tax

Editor's Note A bill that would repeal the medical device tax cleared the House of Representatives on July 24 in a 283-132 vote. the July 24 The Hill reports. The tax provided part of the funding for the Affordable Care Act. Rep Erik Paulsen (R-Minn), the bill sponsor, says the…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2018
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Major healthcare data breaches down in first half of year

Editor's Note Cybersecurity firm Cryptonite reports there were eight major healthcare data breaches in the first half of 2018, down from 19 during the same time in 2017, according to the July 18 Healthcare Informatics. However, the number of patient records breached this year was up, with more than 1.9…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 23, 2018
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Market growth for small bone, joint orthopedic devices predicted

Editor's Note A Transparency Market Research report predicts the global market for small bone and joint orthopedic devices will reach $8.2 billion by 2023, with an 8.1% compound annual growth rate, the July 19 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Among the key players in the market, which is led by the…

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By: https://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic-a-spine-device-a-implant-news/item/41857-11-major-players-in-the-global-small-bone-joint-devices-market.html
July 23, 2018
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Lowering default pill counts in EHR systems associated with postop opioid prescribing

Editor's Note Lowering the default number of opioid pills prescribed in an electronic health record (EHR) system is a simple, effective, inexpensive, and potentially scalable intervention to change prescriber behavior and decrease the amount of opioids prescribed postoperatively, finds this study. In this analysis of 1,447 procedures before the default…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2018
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FDA finalizes guidance for use of EHR data in clinical studies

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 19 finalized its guidance for using electronic health record (EHR) data in FDA-regulated clinical studies. The guidance is meant to encourage the use of EHR data in clinical studies and promote greater interoperability between EHR and electronic data capture systems.…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2018
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Slurpee straw inspires smudge-free laparoscopic camera

Editor's Note University of Texas engineering students have created a laparoscopic camera cleaner designed like a 7-Eleven Slurpee straw that keeps a camera smudge-free, the July 17 Medical Design & Outsourcing reports. The “ClearCam” device has a scoop-like shape that acts like a squeegee to clean the camera. Surgeons can…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2018
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