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USC engineers to work on wireless detection of brain malfunctions

With the help of a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, three researchers from the University of Southern California are setting out on a joint research project to develop a wireless, multisensory system for the early detection of shunt malfunctions in people with excessive brain fluid, according to an announcement from the university.

AHRQ renews contract with ECRI Institute to maintain clearinghouses

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has renewed the contract for the ECRI Institute to maintain two databases of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and healthcare quality measures.

How Essentia Health uses remote monitoring for accountable care success

Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn., has used telemedicine to remotely monitor congestive heart failure patients since 1998, helping provide the company the "competence and confidence to move forward as an accountable care organization," John Smylie, the company's chief operations officer, told  Kaiser Health News.  

Hospital IT execs: EHR med reconciliation a challenge

With heavy pressure to reduce readmissions and improve patient outcomes, hospitals increasingly are relying on the medication reconciliation technology in their electronic health record systems to administer the right medication to the right patient at the right time, and to coordinate new drugs with those that a patient may already be taking.

Remote care nurses make difference in home self-monitoring for chronic illness

Home self-monitoring with the support of a remote care nurse is effective in empowering patients with chronic illness in their own healthcare, according to a new study published in  Telemedicine and e-Health.

Is tech the answer to reducing readmissions?

Entrepreneurs are stepping in to offer technological solutions as penalties increase Oct. 1 for excess hospital readmissions, reports  The Wall Street Journal.

What 7 healthcare leaders have to say about how to improve quality, control costs

The healthcare industry's intense focus on delivering better care at lower costs has started a national conversation about how payment reform, new delivery models and health IT can help achieve those shared goals. And healthcare leaders have a lot to say. The editors at FierceHealthcare, FierceHealthFinance and FierceHealthIT combed through our exclusive interviews and industry conference coverage to round up 7 of the most thought-provoking and memorable quotes from healthcare thought leaders.

IDC issues mobility maturity model for healthcare organizations

A new report from IDC Health Insights provides a framework of stages, critical measures, outcomes, and actions required for healthcare organizations to "effectively advance along the successive...

Virtual training helps surgical residents with patient management

Three-dimensional simulation technology via Second Life could be the basis for a new tool to help surgical residents fine tune their patient management skills, according to research published in the August edition of the  Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Emerging hot career role: Population health information management

Population health management will offer a huge opportunity for health information management professionals who gain expertise in the new specialty, according to an article published in the Journal of...