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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231239/surveillance-for-health-care-access-and-health-services-use-adults-aged-18-64-years-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-united-states-2014
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Catherine A Okoro, Guixiang Zhao, Jared B Fox, Paul I Eke, Kurt J Greenlund, Machell Town
PROBLEM/CONDITION: As a result of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, millions of U.S. adults attained health insurance coverage. However, millions of adults remain uninsured or underinsured. Compared with adults without barriers to health care, adults who lack health insurance coverage, have coverage gaps, or skip or delay care because of limited personal finances might face increased risk for poor physical and mental health and premature mortality. PERIOD COVERED: 2014...
February 24, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230580/the-patient-perspective-on-errors-in-cancer-care-results-of-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Mariko Carey, Allison W Boyes, Jamie Bryant, Heidi Turon, Tara Clinton-McHarg, Robert Sanson-Fisher
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to explore medical oncology outpatients' perceived experiences of errors in their cancer care. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted. English-speaking medical oncology outpatients aged 18 years or older were recruited from 9 Australian cancer treatment centers. Participants completed 2 paper-and-pencil questionnaires: an initial survey on demographic, disease and treatment characteristics upon recruitment; and a second survey on their experiences of errors in cancer care 1 month later...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230452/prescription-drug-utilization-and-reimbursement-increased-following-state-medicaid-expansion-in-2014
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Nirosha Mahendraratnam, Stacie B Dusetzina, Joel F Farley
BACKGROUND: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded health care and medication insurance coverage through Medicaid expansion in select states. Expansion has the potential to increase the availability of health services to patients, including prescription medications. However, limited studies have examined how expansion affected prescription drug utilization and reimbursement. OBJECTIVE: To compare prescription drug utilization (number of prescriptions filled) and reimbursement trends between states that did and did not expand Medicaid coverage in 2014, while accounting for known effects of expansion on Medicaid enrollment...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229834/-pain-intensity-and-time-to-death-of-cancer-patients-referred-to-palliative-care
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Pedro Barata, Filipa Santos, Graça Mesquita, Alice Cardoso, Maria Paula Custódio, Marta Alves, Ana Luísa Papoila, António Barbosa, Peter Lawlor
INTRODUCTION: Pain is a common symptom experienced by cancer patients, especially in those with advanced disease. Our aim was to describe pain intensity in advanced cancer patients, referred to the palliative care unit, the factors underlying moderate to severe pain and its prognostic values. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a prospective observational study. All patients with mestastatic solid tumors and with no specific oncologic treatment were included. Pain intensity was accessed using the pain scale from Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale, rated from 0 to 10 on a numerical scale, where zero = no pain and 10 = worst possible pain...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229477/-why-not-you-discourses-of-widening-access-on-uk-medical-school-websites
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Kirsty Alexander, Tania Fahey Palma, Sandra Nicholson, Jennifer Cleland
CONTEXT: In the UK, applications to medicine from those in lower socio-economic groups remain low despite significant investments of time, interest and resources in widening access (WA) to medicine. This suggests that medical schools' core messages about WA may be working to embed or further reinforce marginalisation, rather than to combat this. Our objective was to investigate how the value of WA is communicated by UK medical schools through their websites, and how this may create expectations regarding who is 'suitable' for medicine...
February 22, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229173/-how-do-asylum-seekers-experience-access-to-medical-care
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Anke Spura, Matthias Kleinke, Bernt-Peter Robra, Nadine Ladebeck
BACKGROUND: In Germany basic medical care for asylum seekers is organized outside the statutory health insurance system. Currently there are few empirically based statements on how asylum seekers experience their access to healthcare. The aim is therefore to evaluate their experiences with healthcare focussing on subjective health, utilisation and access to medical care, and experiences with medical care. METHODS: Between August and November 2015, we performed 16 qualitative problem-oriented guided interviews with asylum seekers, who received or sought medical care in Saxony-Anhalt...
February 22, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228864/innovative-payer-engagement-strategies-will-the-convergence-lead-to-better-value-creation-in-personalized-medicine
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REVIEW
Ildar Akhmetov, Rostyslav V Bubnov
BACKGROUND: As reimbursement authorities are gaining greater power to influence the prescription behavior of physicians, it remains critical for life science companies focusing on personalized medicine to develop "tailor-made" payer engagement strategies to secure reimbursement and assure timely patient access to their innovative products. Depending on the types of such engagement, pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies may benefit by obtaining access to medical and pharmacy claims data, getting invaluable upfront inputs on evidence requirements and clinical trial design, and strengthening trust by payers, therefore avoiding uncertainties with regards to pricing, reimbursement, and research and development reinvestment...
December 2017: EPMA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228448/patient-experience-with-discharge-instructions-in-postdischarge-recovery-a-qualitative-study
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Molly J Horstman, Whitney L Mills, Levi I Herman, Cecilia Cai, George Shelton, Tareq Qdaisat, David H Berger, Aanand D Naik
OBJECTIVES: We examined the role of discharge instructions in postoperative recovery for patients undergoing colorectal surgery and report themes related to patient perceptions of discharge instructions and postdischarge experience. DESIGN: Semistructured interviews were conducted as part of a formative evaluation of a Project Re-Engineered Discharge intervention adapted for surgical patients. SETTING: Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, a tertiary referral centre in Houston, Texas...
February 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228304/24h-and-30-day-outcome-of-perclose-proglide-suture-mediated-vascular-closure-device-an-indian-experience
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Desabandhu Vinayakumar, Shajudeen Kayakkal, Sandeep Rajasekharan, Julian Johny Thottian, Prasanth Sankaran, Cicy Bastian
INTRODUCTION: Advantages of vascular closure device over manual compression include patient comfort, early mobilisation and discharge, avoidance of interruption of anticoagulation, avoidance of local compression and its sequelae and less time constraint on staff. No published Indian data exist regarding Perclose Proglide suture mediated vascular closure device (SMC). AIM: To study the 24h and 30 day outcome of Perclose Proglide SMC retrospectively. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective observational study conducted in the Department of Cardiology, Government Medical College, Calicut, Kerala from June 2013 to June 2015...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228243/private-health-insurance-in-sweden-fast-track-lanes-and-the-alleged-attempts-to-stop-them
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John Lapidus
According to the Health and Medical Services Act (1982:763), those who have the greatest need for healthcare shall be given priority. This is being challenged by the rapid emergence of private health insurance which increases the share of private funding and creates fast-track lanes where some people get faster access to healthcare than others. The Stop Law, implemented by a Social Democratic government in 2006, was generally regarded as a way to put an end to the fast-track lanes in Swedish healthcare. Based on a thorough examination of the law and its legislative history - official reports, propositions, comments on official reports - this article argues that the Stop Law was so full of exceptions and loopholes that it did not threaten the existence of fast-track lanes...
February 19, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228230/expanding-professional-pharmacy-services-in-european-community-setting-is-it-cost-effective-a-systematic-review-for-health-policy-considerations
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REVIEW
Clémence Perraudin, Olivier Bugnon, Nathalie Pelletier-Fleury
OBJECTIVE: To synthesize cost-effectiveness analyses on professional pharmacy services (PPS) performed in Europe in order to contribute to current debates on their funding and reimbursement. METHODS: Systematic review in PubMed, Embase and the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination databases to identify full economic evaluation studies of PPS in community setting from 2004. FINDINGS: Twenty-one studies were included, conducted in the United-Kingdom (n=13), the Netherlands (n=3), Spain (n=2), Belgium (n=1), France (n=1) and Denmark (n=1)...
December 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228178/the-state-of-emergency-medical-services-ems-systems-in-africa
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Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, Julia M Dixon, Nana Sefa, Arthur Yancey, Bonaventure G Hollong, Mohamed Hagahmed, Adit A Ginde, Lee A Wallis
: Introduction Little is known about the existence, distribution, and characteristics of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems in Africa, or the corresponding epidemiology of prehospital illness and injury. METHODS: A survey was conducted between 2013 and 2014 by distributing a detailed EMS system questionnaire to experts in paper and electronic versions. The questionnaire ascertained EMS systems' jurisdiction, operations, finance, clinical care, resources, and regulatory environment...
February 23, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228135/comparison-of-digital-panoramic-radiography-versus-cone-beam-computerized-tomography-for-measuring-alveolar-bone
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Zunan Tang, Xianchu Liu, Kejia Chen
BACKGROUND: Cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) has been widely used in dental implanting. However, the local hospitals usually don't have access to CBCT due to the cost and medical investment, especially in West of China. The doctors in local hospitals have to make reasonable dental planting using orthopantomography (OPG) to reduce risks. Therefore, it is clinically meaningful to determine the magnification rate of OPG to obtain correct diagnosis. This study investigated the magnification rate of OPG in measuring different maxillofacial loci compared with CBCT...
February 22, 2017: Head & Face Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228127/a-review-of-enhanced-paramedic-roles-during-and-after-hospital-handover-of-stroke-myocardial-infarction-and-trauma-patients
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Darren Flynn, Richard Francis, Shannon Robalino, Joanne Lally, Helen Snooks, Helen Rodgers, Graham McClelland, Gary A Ford, Christopher Price
BACKGROUND: Ambulance paramedics play a critical role expediting patient access to emergency treatments. Standardised handover communication frameworks have led to improvements in accuracy and speed of information transfer but their impact upon time-critical scenarios is unclear. Patient outcomes might be improved by paramedics staying for a limited time after handover to assist with shared patient care. We aimed to categorize and synthesise data from studies describing development/extension of the ambulance-based paramedic role during and after handover for time-critical conditions (trauma, stroke and myocardial infarction)...
February 23, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227874/cluster-based-architecture-and-network-maintenance-protocol-for-medical-priority-aware-cognitive-radio-based-hospital
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Ishtiak Al Mamoon, A K M Muzahidul Islam, Sabariah Baharun, Ashir Ahmed, Shozo Komaki, Ishtiak Al Mamoon, A K M Muzahidul Islam, Sabariah Baharun, Ashir Ahmed, Shozo Komaki, Ishtiak Al Mamoon, Shozo Komaki, Ashir Ahmed, A K M Muzahidul Islam, Sabariah Baharun
Due to the rapid growth of wireless medical devices in near future, wireless healthcare services may face some inescapable issue such as medical spectrum scarcity, electromagnetic interference (EMI), bandwidth constraint, security and finally medical data communication model. To mitigate these issues, cognitive radio (CR) or opportunistic radio network enabled wireless technology is suitable for the upcoming wireless healthcare system. The up-to-date research on CR based healthcare has exposed some developments on EMI and spectrum problems...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227788/lessons-learnt-from-a-mooc-about-social-media-for-digital-health-literacy
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Suleman Atique, Mowafa Hosueh, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Elia Gabarron, Marian Wan, Onkar Singh, Vicente Traver Salcedo, Yu-Chuan Jack Li, Syed-Abdul Shabbir, Suleman Atique, Mowafa Hosueh, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Elia Gabarron, Marian Wan, Onkar Singh, Vicente Traver Salcedo, Yu-Chuan Jack Li, Syed-Abdul Shabbir, Elia Gabarron, Marian Wan, Mowafa Hosueh, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Onkar Singh, Syed-Abdul Shabbir, Yu-Chuan Jack Li, Vicente Traver Salcedo, Suleman Atique
Nowadays, the Internet and social media represent prime channels for health information seeking and peer support. However, benefits of health social media can be reduced by low digital health literacy. We designed a massive open online course (MOOC) course about health social media to increase the students' digital health literacy. In this course, we wanted to explore the difficulties confronted by the MOOC users in relation to accessing quality online health information and to propose methods to overcome the issues...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227728/comparison-between-users-of-a-new-methodology-for-heart-sound-auscultation
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Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra, Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra, Ana Castro, Sandra S Mattos, Pedro Gomes, Miguel Y Coimbra
Auscultation is a routine exam and the first line of screening in heart pathologies. The objective of this study was to assess if using a new data collection system, the DigiScope Collector, with a guided and automatic annotation of heart auscultation, different levels of expertise/experience users could collect similar digital auscultations. Data were collected within the Heart Caravan Initiative (Paraíba, Brasil). Patients were divided into two study groups: Group 1 evaluated by a third year medical student (User 1), and an experienced nurse (User 2); Group 2 evaluated by User 2 and an Information Technology professional (User 3)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227724/location-aware-distributed-file-allocation-for-low-delay-access-to-electronic-medical-records
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Ziyang Chen, Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei, Ziyang Chen, Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei, Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei, Ziyang Chen
A new distributed file allocation method using femtocaching is designed to decrease the delay in accessing the Electronic Medical Records (EMR). The simulation results show that the proposed scheme can reduce the delay by 41.11% to 93.3%.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227676/initial-experiments-of-a-128-channel-fpga-and-pc-based-ultrasound-imaging-system-for-teaching-and-research-activities
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Amauri Amorin Assef, Joaquim Miguel Maia, Eduardo Tavares Costa, Amauri Amorin Assef, Joaquim Miguel Maia, Eduardo Tavares Costa, Amauri Amorin Assef, Joaquim Miguel Maia, Eduardo Tavares Costa
Although widely employed in medical diagnostic applications, most of the available commercial ultrasound (US) scanners do not always fit the needs of research users. Access to raw US data, portability, flexibility and advanced user control are essential features to explore alternative biomedical signal and imaging processing algorithms. In this paper, we present the initial results of a reconfigurable, cost-effective and modular 128-channel FPGA and PC-based US system, specifically designed for teaching and medical imaging research...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227474/automated-abo-rh-d-blood-type-detection-using-smartphone-imaging-for-point-of-care-medical-diagnostics
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Neha Srivathsa, Dhananjaya Dendukuri, Neha Srivathsa, Dhananjaya Dendukuri, Neha Srivathsa, Dhananjaya Dendukuri
We present a novel methodology for automated ABO Rh-D blood typing using simple morphological image processing algorithms to be used in conjunction with a fabric strip based rapid diagnostic test. Images of the fabric strip post testing are acquired using low cost mobile phones and the proposed algorithm proceeds to automatically identify the blood type by processing the images using steps comprising of noise reduction, range filtering and empirically derived heuristics. The ultimate goal is to provide a simple mobile phone application to enable automated, rapid and accessible blood type detection at the point-of-care...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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