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April 2019

After 10 years, EHRs don’t live up to promise

Editor's Note The US government claimed that digitization of healthcare records would improve the quality and value of healthcare; however, 10 years after legislation fast-tracked the move to electronic healthcare records (EHRs), even the architects of the effort agree that the $36 billion investment has not delivered as expected, the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 20, 2019
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Automated text messages improve joint replacement outcomes

Editor's Note An automated text messaging system increased patient engagement with home-based exercise and promoted faster recovery after knee and hip replacements, this study finds. In this analysis of 159 patients (83 controls, 76 intervention) having total knee or hip replacement surgery, those receiving timely texts showed improvement in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 22, 2019
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Surgical VAC mines new software for deeper look at products

After transitioning from a paper-based data and operations management system to one that uses relational database software, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC) in Burlington, Massachusetts, saved more than $1 million in product purchases in 2017. The surgical value analysis committee (VAC) evaluated 150 product requests and managed the conversion…

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By: Robert Dolan, MD,, Kristen Murphy, MBA, and Edward Aiello
January 14, 2019
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FDA Pre-Cert Pilot Program to promote more efficient review of digital health innovations

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 7 issued a statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on the agency’s new actions under the Digital Health Pre-Certification (Pre-Cert) Pilot Program to promote a more efficient framework for the review of safe and effective digital health innovations. Because digital…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 8, 2019
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Surgeons to monitor hip, knee patients using Apple Watches

Editor's Note Zimmer Biomet and Apple Inc have begun a multiyear study that will allow surgeons to use Apple Watches to monitor activities, including heart rate, steps taken, and standing hours of up to 100,000 patients before and after hip and knee replacement surgery, the October 15 Reuters reports. Providers…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2018
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FDA announces public workshop on management of cybersecurity in medical devices

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on October 17 announced a public workshop to discuss the newly released draft guidance: Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices. The need for effective cybersecurity to ensure medical device function and safety has become more important with…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2018
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Trends, characteristics of health data breaches

Editor's Note Despite ethical and legal obligations to protect patient privacy and efforts to establish best practices for healthcare information security, breach rates have increased since 2010, this study finds. Of 2,149 breaches that involved 176.4 million records, the most common entities breached were healthcare providers, with 1,503 breaches that…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 2, 2018
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FDA announces framework for strengthening medical device cybersecurity

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on October 1 released a “Playbook,” developed by the Medical Device Cybersecurity Regional Incident Preparedness and Response (MITRE) Corp, to assist hospitals and other healthcare providers respond to cybersecurity incidents involving medical devices, the American Hospital Association reports.  The MITRE Playbook outlines…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 2, 2018
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FDA takes steps to address cybersecurity concerns of medical devices

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken steps to ensure that medical device manufacturers do as much as possible to defend against hacking and other threats to their devices, according to a new report from the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 12, 2018
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Improving patient flow from ED with electronic nursing handoff process

Editor's Note Use of a standardized, electronic nursing handoff communication process resulted in decreased boarding time in the emergency department (ED) and increased bed flow efficiency, this study finds. Before implementation of the electronic nursing handoff process, the average ready to move-to-occupied time was 83.6 minutes. This decreased to 49…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2018
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