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In this issue...
  • 'Unprecedented' strides in hospital patient safety
  • Underinsurance remains big problem under Obama health law
  • Hospitals battle 'alarm fatigue'
  • FDA scrutinizes networked medical device security
  • Obama to urge Congress to loosen purse strings for Ebola fight
  • Are hacked health apps your biggest security crisis?
  • Preventing nurse fatigue to keep our patients safe
  • Patient-centric alerts close 'prevention gaps'
  • How to improve clinical data quality through optimization
  • Study says hospitals must get handle on MERS epidemic
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    'Unprecedented' strides in hospital patient safety
    CNBC
    An "unprecedented decline" in the harm suffered by patients during hospital treatment has lead to about 50,000 fewer fatalities and about $12 billion in savings since 2010, the government announced. The steep decrease in so-called "hospital-acquired conditions" — such as infections, adverse drug effects and bedsores — was partly due to Obamacare provisions, officials suggested.
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    Underinsurance remains big problem under Obama health law
    The New York Times
    The Affordable Care Act, like most health care reform efforts, focuses on people without insurance. That's fine, because those people do face significant problems obtaining health care in the United States. But underinsurance is a real concern, too, and it's often ignored.
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    Hospitals battle 'alarm fatigue'
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Hospital alarms help keep patients alive, but most of the unrelenting noise signals nothing of concern. Besides being a nuisance, too many false alarms can mean that nurses begin to tune them out. Hospital administrators know the concept as "alarm fatigue," and they increasingly are recognizing that it can lead to serious problems.
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    FDA scrutinizes networked medical device security
    InformationWeek
    Networked medical devices are an important part of the current and future healthcare landscape, allowing for diagnostic analysis and therapeutic treatment options that are integral to our healthcare system.
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    Obama to urge Congress to loosen purse strings for Ebola fight
    Reuters
    President Barack Obama will press Congress to approve $6.18 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and prepare U.S. hospitals to handle future cases. Most of the request is aimed at the immediate response to the disease at home and abroad. But the package also includes $1.5 billion in contingency funds - money that could become a target if lawmakers decide to trim the bill.
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    Are hacked health apps your biggest security crisis?
    Healthcare IT News
    A stamp of approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't necessarily mean mobile medical apps are safe from hackers. Some 90 percent of Android healthcare apps have been hacked, according to the latest State of Mobile App Security report from Arxan Technologies, and making matters worse, 22 percent of those apps were FDA-okayed.
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    Preventing nurse fatigue to keep our patients safe
    By Joan Spitrey
    With the holiday season upon us, it is not unusual to feel the stress of this busy time of year. Our schedules become filled with fun times with family and friends, but our own health often gets neglected. However, as healthcare providers, we have a responsibility to our patients. They rely on us to have sharp minds and quick responses to their ever-changing needs. They need us to keep them safe. Therefore, it is imperative for nurses to take measures to prevent fatigue.
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    Patient-centric alerts close 'prevention gaps'
    FierceEMR
    Sending patients alerts about getting needed care via their personal health record is an effective way to boost treatment of those with chronic conditions, according to a new study in Telemedicine and e-Health. The researchers, from the University of Pittsburgh and elsewhere, noted that many patients with chronic conditions are not receiving optimal care; they receive less than 60 percent of the services recommended.
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    How to improve clinical data quality through optimization
    EHR Intelligence
    At its core, the EHR serves to ensure the delivery of safe and accurate care, but the clinical data generated by patient encounters has secondary and tertiary purposes whose effectiveness depends on the reliability of data entered by clinicians and other healthcare professionals.
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    Study says hospitals must get handle on MERS epidemic
    FierceHealthcare
    Hospitals could do more to prevent the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome epidemic, a new study indicates. MERS, a highly fatal virus that causes a severe respiratory disease in patients, has become "a major public health concern of global dimensions," since the first instance was reported in 2012, according to the study, published by the American Journal of Infection Control.
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