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Report: Top technology trends across the realm of healthcare
By Scott E. Rupp
In its summer 2015 Health Tech Report, CDW profiles the 10 most current and pressing trends of which those in healthcare should take notice. The list is expansive and somewhat obvious in areas, but provides insight into the changing landscape of the current healthcare technology sector — which is no stranger to constant movement. It's worth noting such trends provide the foundation of where the industry is headed in regard to raising quality, security and satisfaction.
Most health insurance co-ops are losing money, federal audit finds
The New York Times
Most federal insurance cooperatives created under the Affordable Care Act are losing money and could have difficulty repaying millions of dollars in federal loans, an internal government audit has found, prompting the Obama administration to step up supervision of the carriers. Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services, said that most of the insurance co-ops enrolled fewer people than they had predicted, and that 22 of the 23 co-ops lost money last year.
Now Yelp can help patients pick a hospital or doctor
By Joan Spitrey
When people consider the online review service Yelp, most think about local businesses like restaurants, hair stylists or mechanics. Doctors and hospitals? Not so much. Yelp has allowed and encouraged its "Yelpers" to review and rate healthcare organizations. Up to this point, though, the reviews have all been consumer opinions and experiences. However, Yelp recently announced a new feature that would include actual data for hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics.
A change to out-of-pocket health insurance limits irks employers
One of the health law's key protections was putting a cap on how much people can be required to pay out of pocket for medical care each year. Now some employers say the administration is unfairly changing the rules that determine how those limits are applied and that the changes will be costly.
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Accountable care, big data analytics attract vendor attention
Health IT Analytics
Product vendors and service providers targeting the healthcare systems’ growing appetite for advanced big data analytics and accountable care capabilities are continuing to make strategic moves in a swiftly changing marketplace.
With billions of dollars of revenue potentially up for grabs as providers seek to position themselves for success in a value-based reimbursement universe, visionaries, venture capitalists, and savvy executives are gobbling up smaller rivals and funding innovative ideas in a volatile health IT environment.
Emerging ACO best practices for shared savings
Health Data Management
Only about one-quarter of participants in Medicare’s shared savings accountable care program actually generated shared savings, as did only 12 of 32 original Medicare Pioneer ACO participants; 13 of the original 32 have dropped out. Despite mixed results, there were impressive performances among the successful pioneer organizations.
FDA: NEW TREATMENTS & TECHNOLOGY
FDA says endoscope makers failed to report superbug problems
Federal regulators have uncovered new violations by the manufacturer of medical scopes recently linked to outbreaks of deadly "superbug" bacteria at U.S. hospitals.
Olympus Corp. failed to alert regulators to a cluster of 16 infections in patients who underwent procedures with the company's scope in 2012, according to a warning letter posted by the Food and Drug Administration.
Low libido? FDA weighs drug to drive women's desire
The drug makers of a "little pink pill" touted as a boost for female sexual desire will learn its fate when the Food and Drug Administration decides whether to approve the drug as a treatment for low libido in women.
Depending on your point of view, the pill, flibanserin — popularly, but incorrectly, dubbed the "female Viagra" — is either the answer to a woman's prayers or a risky drug that turns a normal condition into a medical problem that only pharmaceuticals can solve.
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Testing for more breast cancer genes offers useful information
Reuters via Fox News
When the results of a test wouldn’t change how doctors manage a patient’s care, most say it’s not worth doing. But new tests for breast cancer risk mutations beyond the well-known BRCA genes would offer actionable information for many women and their doctors, a new study finds.
'Jumping genes' unusually active in many gastrointestinal cancers
Results of a trio of studies done on human cancer tissue biopsies have added to growing evidence that a so-called jumping gene called LINE-1 is active during the development of many gastrointestinal cancers. The Johns Hopkins scientists who conducted the studies caution there is no proof that the numerous new "insertions" of these rogue genetic elements in the human genome actually cause cancers, but they say their experiments do suggest that these elements, formally known as transposons, might one day serve as a marker for early cancer diagnosis.
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There's a kids' book that promises to make anyone fall asleep
The Huffington Post
Putting readers to sleep isn't usually an author's goal, but a Swedish behavioral scientist hopes his children's book will do just that.
Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin claims the book he wrote will help kids all over the world fall asleep at bedtime.
The book is called "The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep."
Study: Southern diet leads to higher risk for heart disease
By Lynn Hetzler
Published in the journal Circulation, a new study investigates the relationship between a Southern diet — often including copious amounts of fried foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, eggs, processed meat, liver and other organ meats — and the risk for coronary heart disease. The researchers found that participants who ate foods predominately from the Southern diet had a 56 percent higher risk for CHD than did those who consumed these foods less often.
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Long-term survival for ovarian cancer higher than thought
Nearly one-third of more than 11,000 patients diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer in California from 1994 to 2001 survived at least 10 years after diagnosis, according to a study published online in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Can coffee lower risk of colon cancer's return?
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Colon cancer patients who regularly drink caffeinated coffee may be lowering their risk of tumor recurrence and death from the disease, new research suggests.
But researchers added that it's premature to tell patients to drink coffee to reduce their risk of the cancer's return.
Side effects may lead breast cancer patients to skip drugs
Breast cancer patients who report more side effects of their hormone therapy drugs and less confidence communicating with their doctors are more likely to intentionally or unintentionally miss a dose, according to a new study.
“Endocrine” therapy, given as a daily tablet that acts to prevent hormones from helping the tumor to grow, is an important part of treatment for some types of early breast cancer.
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Do violent video games lead to criminal behavior?
Whenever there is a mass shooting in the United States, it doesn't take long before pundits suggests violent video games might be to blame.
But a new report from the American Psychological Association found there is insufficient research to support that link. It found that there is evidence showing the games increase aggression but not enough to demonstrate that playing the games lead to criminal behavior or delinquency.
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