The safety of electronic health records, imaging technology and alarms all are seen as significant issues that should be top of mind for healthcare executives in 2013, according to a new report unveiled this week by the ECRI Institute.
The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association issued a statement this week in support of the recently released Bipartisan Policy Center report on patient safety, noting that patient safety is a "shared responsibility of all stakeholders."
University of Arizona researchers working to reduce foot amputations among diabetics think they may have found a way to increase adherence to prescribed footwear. In concert with a Cambridge, Mass.-based wearable technology company and using a $400,000 small business innovation research grant from the National Institutes of Health, they have created an interactive sensor that alerts patients when they forget to wear removable cast walkers that reduce pressure on the bottom of the foot.
Pilot programs can be invaluable to mobile healthcare groups provided that they have clear endpoints, according to a recent study by Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based consulting firm Cutting Edge Information.
Despite hundreds of mobile health pilot studies, there has been "insufficient programmatic evidence to inform implementation and scale-up of mHealth," according to an article in PLoS Medicine.
Developers, implementers and users must share responsibility for safety in clinical software and other health information technologies, according to a report from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).
It stands to reason that you can't improve what you can't measure. Relative to mHealth, if you can't measure progress, then how do you know you are really making progress?
Two new reports from the mHealth Alliance highlight the lack of quality evidence and rigorous research for mobile health. According to the reports, the evidence base supporting mHealth is "underdeveloped and young," with some in the development and global health communities "demanding more research evaluating if and how mHealth improves impact in global health programs."
Tina Buop, who recently left her post as CIO of Muir Medical Group to join La Clinica, talked about how her organization is using predictive analytics to reach out to at-risk patients, such as those with diabetes, to ensure that they are getting preventative care.
There are plenty of positives to predictive analytics, such as improved quality of care and efficiency. But failing to act upon predictive data could have significant negative consequences, says...