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Applications, limitations of AI for fracture detection, classification

Editor's Note Preliminary experience in the automated detection and classification of fractures using artificial intelligence (AI) shows promise, and AI may enhance processing and communicating probabilistic tasks in orthopedic surgery, this study finds. For fracture detection, researchers compared the human findings in 10 studies with AI findings. In two studies,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2019
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Predictive model for determining LOS after total hip

Editor's Note In this study, a predictive model that can help identify patients at higher odds for not requiring a prolonged hospital length of stay (LOS) after total hip arthroplasty was developed and validated and a point-based calculator was designed. The calculator included nine variables: age, opioid use, metabolic equivalents…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2019
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CMS finalizes coverage policy for TAVR

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 21 issued final updates to its national coverage policy for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). The update provides more flexibility in how centers meet volume requirements for performing TAVR, while emphasizing the importance of the heart team for…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 26, 2019
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CMS selects ECRI Institute for NQIIC designation

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on June 20 announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had awarded it with the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors (NQIIC) designation. With this designation and partnering with other quality improvement contractors under the new CMS Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quanity (IDIQ)…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 24, 2019
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What if healthcare AI is the next asbestos?

Editor's Note At a precision medicine conference in Boston on June 18, Harvard Law School professor Jonathan Zittrain likened the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare to asbestos, saying: “it’s all over the place, even though at no point did you explicitly install it, and it has possibly some…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2019
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Variation in surgical outcomes across highest-rated hospitals

Editor's Note Risk-adjusted surgical outcomes vary widely across hospitals within networks that are on the Honor Roll of the US News & World Report, this study finds. In this analysis of 87 hospitals and 143,174 patients, outcomes were not consistently better at Honor Roll hospitals compared with network affiliates. For…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2019
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Joint Commission announces new NAHQ report on quality competencies

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 19 announced that the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) has issued a new report−“Key Workforce Competencies for Quality-Driven Healthcare”− that focuses on creating a new framework for competencies needed by healthcare organizations to meet new goals for quality-driven healthcare. Among the competencies:…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 19, 2019
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Legal and ethical questions temper excitement about AI--Part 1

As part of a special series on artificial intelligence (AI), OR Manager is taking a deep dive into the many facets of this new technology and its impact on patient care. Part 1 and Part 2 of the introduction to AI (May 2019 and June 2019) defined types of AI…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Partner with IT to produce the highest quality data

“What we have right now, quite frankly, in healthcare are islands—visible islands of excellence in a sea of invisible failures, with risk lurking just below the waterline. We need to widen those islands of excellence. We need to connect these islands with more dry land. We need to address these…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 18, 2019
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Editorial

The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade Report shows some progress in patient safety: an estimated 160,000 avoidable deaths nationwide, down from 205,000 in 2016. But 160,000 is a large number. “There’s still a lot of needless death and harm in American hospitals,” says Leah Binder, Leapfrog’s president and…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 18, 2019
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