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Hopkins agrees to pay $190 million to settle pelvic exam claims

Healthcare News - 14 hours 42 min ago

Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million to settle claims from thousands of women who may have been surreptitiously recorded during pelvic exams by gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy. The amount of the settlement is one of the largest on record involving sexual misconduct by a physician. Levy, a doctor in the Johns Hopkins Community Medicine system for 25 years, took his life in February 2013 during an investigation that revealed he was using tiny cameras concealed in pens and key fobs to record patients. Investigators found more than 1,300 videos and images during searches of Levy's home and office. Plaintiffs' attorneys estimate more than 8,000 patients could have a claim.

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Burnout in the hospital: Why doctors are set up for stress

Healthcare News - 15 hours 33 min ago

In the premiere issue of the journal Burnout Research, which is dedicated to research on the topic, Anthony Montgomery, an associate professor in the Psychology of Work and Organizations in the University of Macedonia in Greece, focused on physician burnout, and argues that the way doctors are trained may set them up for a career of frustrations and high-stress situations. And the consequences may be hurting the care they provide patients. He says that while doctors interact with people on a daily basis, their training and their worth as physicians are focused almost entirely on their technical capabilities, leaving them with few tools for understanding and navigating social interactions and for collaborating as part of a larger team or organization.

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Texas Doctors: Mr. President, Let Us Care for Veterans

Texas Medical Association - Hot Topics - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:12

In the wake of the revelations of long delays in health care for U.S. veterans, Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians have led the call for President Barack Obama and Congress to act immediately to enable American veterans to access health care they need outside of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system.

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TMA Repeats: President Obama, Let Private Docs Help Care for Veterans

Texas Medical Association - Hot Topics - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:10

Calling it a “life or death issue,” Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Austin I. King, MD, is repeating his urgent request for President Barack Obama to take immediate action to enable private physicians to care for U.S. veterans.

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Nueces County Medical Society Alliance Receives Vaccination Grant

Texas Medical Association - Hot Topics - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:40

The Nueces CMS Alliance received a $2,000 grant from Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program to vaccinate students entering Del Mar College in Corpus Christi in August. The alliance will provide the vaccinations in conjunction with the South Texas Family Planning Clinic and Health Corporation.

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How a team of hospital doctors boosted hand washing, cut infections and created a culture of safety

Healthcare News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 06:48

Dr. Gerald Hickson had two primary concerns after his wife’s double-knee replacement operation at Vanderbilt University Hospital in July 2008: making sure she received appropriate pain control and getting her moving as quickly as possible to avoid blood clots. But as he sat with her during her recovery, Hickson made a disturbing discovery. Most of the nurses, doctors and other hospital workers filing in and out of the room to care for his wife, who was at risk of contracting an infection after surgery, were not washing their hands. A compulsive person by nature, Hickson started counting.

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Doctors, nurses relying more on tablets in hospitals

Healthcare News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 06:40

At the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, doctors are just as likely to store iPads in their white coat pockets as stethoscopies. The center's clinicians use mobile devices -- tablets, smartphones, and occasionally wearable computers such as Google Glass -- to access electronic medical records, both at the patient's bedside or in the operating room. Sometimes they use the devices to show patients their X-rays or other images. Though it is among the first to bring Google Glass into the operating room, Beth Israel isn't alone in its pro-technology approach. A growing group of health centers are incorporating mobile devices into medicine, allowing providers to immediately access patient information from the Internet cloud, often during examination or treatment.

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Opinion: Busy doctors, wasteful spending

Healthcare News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 06:11

Of all the ways to limit health care costs, perhaps none is as popular as cutting payments to doctors. In recent years payment cuts have resulted in a sharp downturn in revenue for many hospitals and private practices. What this has meant for most physicians is that in order to maintain their income, they've had to see more patients. When you reduce the volume of air per breath, the only way to maintain ventilation is to breathe faster. As our workdays have gotten busier, we doctors have had less time to devote to individual patients. An internist I know in private practice used to see 15 patients a day.

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Child Immigrant Influx to Top Border Health Conference

Texas Medical Association - Hot Topics - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 15:29

Physician leaders from Texas, along with federal legislators and government officials, gather in Washington, D.C. for the 9th Annual Border Health Conference, sponsored by Texas Medical Association’s Border Health Caucus.

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Medical Experts Emphasize Role of Health IT in Patient Safety

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:11

During a hearing yesterday of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, medical experts said health IT tools, such as data tracking and patient monitoring tools, are key to reducing patient harm. The hearing was inspired by a recent report that found as many as 400,000 instances of patient deaths each year are associated with medical errors. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Majority of Mass. Health Groups Use an EHR System, Study Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:00

A new study from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute finds that nearly 80% of health care groups in the state use an electronic health record system, including 96% of primary care providers. Most of the groups that do not currently use an EHR system said they plan to adopt one within the next two years. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Study: Automated Screening Improves Clinical Trial Patient Matching

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:35

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that compared with a manual process, automated eligibility screening to match patients with clinical trials reduces workload and increases overall efficiency. FierceEMR, JAMIA.

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Duke Medicine Initiative Integrates EHR, Geographic Data

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:16

Duke Medicine is working on an initiative to integrate its electronic health records data with a geographic information system to study and predict population health trends. The automated system aggregates near-exact geographical information in real-time. Health Data Management.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of July 18, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:57

CMS has awarded a contract worth a total of $7 billion to 15 companies and academic organizations to develop and test research and payment and service delivery models. Apple and IBM are partnering to develop and market business apps for Apple’s iPhones and iPads using IBM’s data and analytics systems.

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Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death, Senators Told

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:09

At a Senate subcommittee hearing, hospital quality experts urge lawmakers to establish measures to halt preventable medical errors in hospitals, which kill as many as 400,000 people each year.

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Independent ID doctors defy hospital trend

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:28

As many doctors decide to ditch their own shingle and go to big hospitals, a group of nearly 200 Idaho doctors is banding together to promote independent physicians. "Independent Doctors of Idaho" (IDID) started as a response to what the organization calls an "unprecedented number of physicians in the Treasure Valley and throughout Idaho becoming employees of large hospital systems", like Saint Alphonsus or St. Luke's. Some of the independent doctors say they're at a disadvantage from a marketing standpoint because they don't have hospital billboards, big ads, or automatic networking within a system. The organization's goal is to let patients know about alternatives in health care providers through independents.

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NIH Moving Forward With Big Data Initiative, Officials Say

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:11

An article written by NIH officials outlines the agency’s Big Data to Knowledge initiative, which aims to maximize the value of increasingly complex and large biomedical data sets. The initiative’s early efforts include calling on industry stakeholders to conduct short-term trials to find the best practices for indexing existing datasets. Health IT Analytics et al.

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Health IT Funding Doubled in Q2 2014, Reaching $1.8B, Report Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:00

A Mercom Capital Group report finds that investments in the health IT industry doubled between the first and second quarters of 2014. The industry raised $1.8 billion in Q2, marking its first billion-dollar fiscal quarter. Healthcare IT News.

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CMS Posts HealthCare.gov Bid; Maryland To Fix Exchange Glitches

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:53

The federal government has posted a notice to hire an IT vendor to oversee HealthCare.gov after its contract with Accenture expires. Meanwhile, Maryland officials say they will resolve glitches in the technology they have adopted from Connecticut’s state exchange prior to launch. National Journal, McClatchy/Government Technology.

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Survey: 80% of Physicians Use EHRs, Many Favor VA’s System

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:45

A new Medscape survey of 18,500 physicians names doctors’ top electronic health record vendors across several performance areas. The survey shows 80% of respondents use an EHR system and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA-CPRS system received the highest score. EHR Intelligence, Medscape Medical News.

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