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Why HIT doesn't ensure better care coordination

Doctors who use EHRs are only slightly more likely than those who don't to receive the patient information they need for coordinated care, according to research from AHRQ researchers who surveyed 4,500 office-based physicians. They found that roughly 33 percent used an EHR system and shared patient health information electronically.

CDC: Hospital-acquired infections in widespread decline

Hospitals made widespread gains in reducing the rates of infections acquired within their facilities, according to a new re port  from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Panel calls for patient-centered care for chronic pain

The 100 million Americans living with chronic pain need individualized, patient-centered care, according to an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health, News-Medical reports.

The hidden danger of prescription painkiller restrictions

Prescription painkiller abuse may finally be on the decline, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, but efforts at reduction may have created a new problem.

CDC report indicates progress on HAI reduction

Despite Medicare's recent announcement that it will penalize hospitals with the highest rates of hospital-acquired infections, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that healthcare facilities nationwide made significant progress toward reducing these deadly patient harms.  

Uninsured rate declines, but problems remain for low-income Americans

The percentage of uninsured adults decreased from 20 percent in 2010 to 16 percent in the second half of 2014,  according to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund. Additionally on the decline is the number of Americans who reported difficulty trying to pay medical bills. 

U.S. falls behind in medical research investment

The U.S. has significantly cut funding for medical research compared to other countries between 2004 and 2012, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Early results show slow progress in CMS readmissions programs

Only a handful of several community groups that received federal reimbursements for curbing preventable readmissions have delivered better results than programs that were not part of the initiative, according to partial results revealed in a recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report.

Costs, hospital resistance complicate nurse hiring

Despite research that shows outcomes improve with lower patient-to-nurse ratios, many hospitals find they can't afford to hire additional nurses, according to the Associated Press.

ECRI: Telehealth, Google Glass among health tech to watch in 2015

Telehealth and Google Glass are among 10 healthcare technologies to watch in 2015, according to the ECRI Institute's latest Hospital C-Suite Watch List.