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How Mount Sinai uses mHealth to pave the way for more robust patient care

The exploding number of healthcare apps ready for download on smartphones and tablets is impressive and shows no sign of letting up. But the real story of their potential impact is far more than a case of raw numbers. Longer term, mobile apps will have a profound effect on the management of chronic diseases and population health. The key is more meaningful and timely communication between doctor and patient. Two examples at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York illustrate how apps are being used now to expand the scope and quality of care for existing patients

WHO announces reforms after bungled Ebola response

The World Health Organization will overhaul its protocols for handling health emergencies after it faced backlash for how it responded to the deadly Ebola outbreak,  CNN  reports.

CDC calculates likely cause of death by state; Post-stenting risks vary nationwide;

News From Around the Web > The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has calculated the most "distinctive" cause of death for each state. Article > The majority of people who...

U.S. News clarifies seeming HAI contradiction

U.S. News & World Report  has responded to concerns that its hospital-acquired infections measure seems to disagree with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' public reporting that uses the same data.

Major teaching hospitals impose restrictions on low-volume surgeries

Three of the top academic hospital systems in the U.S. will implement volume minimums on hospitals in their system, which will restrict surgeons from performing procedures they are not experienced with, according to  U.S. News & World Report.

The Affordable Care Act's 'Black Mirror' moment

If you seek television to macerate your brain, I suggest streaming the British series " Black Mirror." It's a far darker "Twilight Zone" without the early 1960s prudery and...

Meaningful Use: A model for telemedicine adoption?

The Meaningful Use incentive program model could be used to create a telemedicine incentive program and increase adoption of the service, according to a new article in  Telemedicine and e-Health.

Patient mentorship programs offer healthcare win-win

Peer support and formal mentorship programs don't just benefit healthcare employees, but they can also help patients manage their health. Although clinicians once resisted the idea of directing patients to peer mentors--who they feared might give flawed medical advice or undermine their roles--the era of patient-centered care has ushered in numerous programs that aim to pair patients facing similar medical challenges, according to an article from the  Wall Street Journal.

How first responders can keep patients out of the ER

As hospitals look for ways to stem emergency department overuse in order to reduce costs and improve outcomes, their efforts are increasingly getting a boost from an unlikely source--first responders.

Cigna app taps psychological assessment to drive improved user health

Health insurance provider Cigna is debuting its newest version of Coach by Cigna 2.0, a free mHealth app tapping the psychology of assessment to provide users specific programs for managing health and lifestyle decisions.