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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335759/mobile-radiography-services-in-nursing-homes-a-systematic-review-of-residents-and-societal-outcomes
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Elin Kjelle, Kristin Bakke Lysdahl
BACKGROUND: Demographic changes are leading to an ageing population in Europe, and predict an increase in the number of nursing home residents over the next 30 years. Nursing home residents need specialised healthcare services such as radiology due to both chronic and acute illnesses. Mobile radiography, x-ray examinations performed in the nursing homes, may be a good way of providing services to this population. The aim of this systematic review was to identify the outcomes of mobile radiography services for nursing home residents and society...
March 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334567/review-of-nonformulary-medication-approvals-in-an-academic-medical-center
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Qoua L Her, Mary G Amato, Diane L Seger, James F Gilmore, John Fanikos, Julie M Fiskio, David W Bates
BACKGROUND: The Joint Commission requires hospitals to formally review formulary medications at least annually based on new clinical information. Although review of nonformulary medication (NFM) use is not required, frequent and inappropriate use of NFMs has the potential to increase hospital costs, negatively affect quality of care, and increase medication errors. Limited resources may restrict an institution's ability to review NFM use in addition to the required annual formulary review...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328640/we-are-going-to-name-names-and-call-you-out-improving-the-team-in-the-academic-operating-room-environment
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Richard Bodor, Brian J Nguyen, Kevin Broder
INTRODUCTION: Communication failures between multidisciplinary teams can impact efficiency, performance, and morale. Academic operating rooms (ORs) often have surgical, anesthesia, and nursing teams, each teaching multiple trainees. Incorrectly identifying name and "rank" (postgraduate year [PGY]) of resident trainees can disrupt performance evaluations and team morale and even potentially impair delivery of quality care when miscommunication errors proliferate. METHODS: Our OR-based survey asked 50 participants (18 surgeons, 14 anesthesiologists, and 18 nursing members), to recall basic identification data including provider names and PGY levels from their recent collaborating OR teams...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328516/anrad-a-neuromorphic-anomaly-detection-framework-for-massive-concurrent-data-streams
#4
Qiuwen Chen, Ryan Luley, Qing Wu, Morgan Bishop, Richard W Linderman, Qinru Qiu
The evolution of high performance computing technologies has enabled the large-scale implementation of neuromorphic models and pushed the research in computational intelligence into a new era. Among the machine learning applications, unsupervised detection of anomalous streams is especially challenging due to the requirements of detection accuracy and real-time performance. Designing a computing framework that harnesses the growing computing power of the multicore systems while maintaining high sensitivity and specificity to the anomalies is an urgent research topic...
March 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327274/physician-extenders-on-surgical-services-a%C3%A2-systematic-review
#5
Jagdeep Johal, Andrew Dodd
BACKGROUND: With the introduction of resident duty hour restrictions and the resulting in-house trainee shortages, a long-term solution to ensure safe and efficient patient care is needed. One solution is the integration of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in a variety of health care settings. We sought to examine the use of NPs and PAs on surgical/trauma services and their effect on patient outcomes and resident workload. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of EMBASE, Medline, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials...
April 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326693/measuring-consumer-outcomes-development-and-testing-of-the-australian-community-care-outcomes-measure
#6
Beatriz Cardona, Michael Fine, Adam Stebbing, Cathy Duncan, Peter Samsa, Kathy Eagar
OBJECTIVES: In the increasingly competitive environment of aged care in Australasia, how can providers and consumers be sure that the care support delivered is efficient and makes a positive difference? Monitoring outcomes has long been emphasised for ensuring quality service delivery, yet there is currently no consistently applied approach available. METHODS: This paper considers the importance of measuring outcomes in community care and reports on the development and field trial of the Australian Community Care Outcomes Measure (ACCOM)...
March 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326285/impact-of-telemonitoring-approaches-on-integrated-hiv-and-tb-diagnosis-and-treatment-interventions-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Clarence S Yah, Ernest Tambo, Christopher Khayeka-Wandabwa, Jeanne Y Ngogang
Background: This paper explores telemonitoring/mhealth approaches as a promising real time and contextual strategy in overhauling HIV and TB interventions quality access and uptake, retention,adherence and coverage impact in endemic and prone-epidemic prevention and control in sub-Sahara Africa. Methods: The scoping review method was applied in acknowledged journals indexing platforms including Medline, Embase, Global Health, PubMed, MeSH PsycInfo, Scopus and Google Scholar to identify relevant articles pertaining to telemonitoring as a proxy surrogate method in reinforcing sustainability of HIV/TB prevention/treatment interventions in sub-Saharan Africa...
2017: Health Promotion Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325704/the-efficiency-of-home-composting-programmes-and-compost-quality
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M A Vázquez, M Soto
The efficiency of home composting programmes and the quality of the produced compost was evaluated in eight rural areas carrying out home composting programmes (up to 880 composting bins) for all household biowaste including meat and fish leftovers. Efficiency was analysed in terms of reduction of organic waste collected by the municipal services. An efficiency of 77% on average was obtained, corresponding to a composting rate of 126kg/person·year of biowaste (or 380kg/composter·year). Compost quality was determined for a total of 90 composting bins...
March 18, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321177/moving-towards-universal-health-coverage-through-the-development-of-integrated-service-delivery-packages-for-primary-health-care-in-the-solomon-islands
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Stephen Whiting, Tenneth Dalipanda, Sjoerd Postma, Ayesha Jamshaid de Lorenzo, Audrey Aumua
The Solomon Islands Government is pursuing integrated care with the goal of improving the quality of health service delivery to rural populations. Under the auspices of Universal Health Coverage, integrated service delivery packages were developed which defined the clinical and public health services that should be provided at different levels of the health system. The process of developing integrated service delivery packages helped to identify key policy decisions the government needed to make in order to improve service quality and efficiency...
March 30, 2016: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303240/ensuring-privacy-when-integrating-patient-based-datasets-new-methods-and-developments-in-record-linkage
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Adrian P Brown, Anna M Ferrante, Sean M Randall, James H Boyd, James B Semmens
In an era where the volume of structured and unstructured digital data has exploded, there has been an enormous growth in the creation of data about individuals that can be used for understanding and treating disease. Joining these records together at an individual level provides a complete picture of a patient's interaction with health services and allows better assessment of patient outcomes and effectiveness of treatment and services. Record linkage techniques provide an efficient and cost-effective method to bring individual records together as patient profiles...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291598/identifying-radiology-s-place-in-the-expanding-landscape-of-episode-payment%C3%A2-models
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Joshua A Hirsch, Bibb Allen, H Benjamin Harvey, Gregory N Nicola
The current fee-for-service system for health care reimbursement in the United Stated is argued to encourage fragmented care delivery and a lack of accountability that predisposes to insufficient focus on quality as well as unnecessary or duplicative resource utilization. Episode payment models (EPMs) seek to improve coordination by linking payments for all services related to a patient's condition or procedure, thereby improving quality and efficiency of care. The CMS Innovation Center has implemented a broadening array of EPMs...
March 10, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288678/mobile-technology-intervention-to-improve-care-coordination-between-hiv-and-substance-use-treatment-providers-development-training-and-evaluation-protocol
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Kasey Claborn, Sara Becker, Susan Ramsey, Josiah Rich, Peter D Friedmann
BACKGROUND: People living with HIV (PLWH) with a substance use disorder (SUD) tend to receive inadequate medical care in part because of a siloed healthcare system in which HIV and substance use services are delivered separately. Ideal treatment requires an interdisciplinary, team-based coordinated care approach, but many structural and systemic barriers impede the integration of HIV and SUD services. The current protocol describes the development and preliminary evaluation of a care coordination intervention (CCI), consisting of a tablet-based mobile platform for HIV and SUD treatment providers, an interagency communication protocol, and a training protocol...
March 14, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286786/proposing-new-indicators-for-glaucoma-healthcare-service
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Yuan Bo Liang, Ye Zhang, David C Musch, Nathan Congdon
Glaucoma is the first leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide with increasing importance in public health. Indicators of glaucoma care quality as well as efficiency would benefit public health assessments, but are lacking. We propose three such indicators. First, the glaucoma coverage rate (GCR), which is the number of people known to have glaucoma divided by the total number of people with glaucoma as estimated from population-based studies multiplied by 100%. Second, the glaucoma detection rate (GDR), which is number of newly diagnosed glaucoma patients in one year divided by the population in a defined area in millions...
2017: Eye and Vision (London, England)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284363/-evaluation-of-family-doctor-centred-health-care-in-germany-based-on-aok-rheinland-hamburg-claims-data
#14
Mike Klora, Jan Zeidler, Melanie May, Nils Raabe, J-Matthias Graf von der Schulenburg
BACKGROUND: Health insurance funds in Germany are obliged to offer family doctor-centred health care models (Hausarztzentrierte Versorgung, "HzV"). The participation is voluntary for the insured persons. Participants agree to utilise outpatient specialist care only if their family doctor or general practitioner ("gatekeeper") refers them to a specialist. The aim of this programme is to both strengthen the role of general practitioners and to avoid unnecessary specialist visits and double examinations...
February 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282896/performance-and-challenges-of-service-oriented-architecture-for-wireless-sensor-networks
#15
Remah Alshinina, Khaled Elleithy
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have become essential components for a variety of environmental, surveillance, military, traffic control, and healthcare applications. These applications face critical challenges such as communication, security, power consumption, data aggregation, heterogeneities of sensor hardware, and Quality of Service (QoS) issues. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a software architecture that can be integrated with WSN applications to address those challenges. The SOA middleware bridges the gap between the high-level requirements of different applications and the hardware constraints of WSNs...
March 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282894/a-multi-attribute-pheromone-ant-secure-routing-algorithm-based-on-reputation-value-for-sensor-networks
#16
Lin Zhang, Na Yin, Xiong Fu, Qiaomin Lin, Ruchuan Wang
With the development of wireless sensor networks, certain network problems have become more prominent, such as limited node resources, low data transmission security, and short network life cycles. To solve these problems effectively, it is important to design an efficient and trusted secure routing algorithm for wireless sensor networks. Traditional ant-colony optimization algorithms exhibit only local convergence, without considering the residual energy of the nodes and many other problems. This paper introduces a multi-attribute pheromone ant secure routing algorithm based on reputation value (MPASR)...
March 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282333/using-a-comanagement-model-to-develop-a-hip-fracture-integrated-care-pathway
#17
Gonzalo Barinaga, Zain Sayeed, Afshin Anoushiravani, Steven Scaife, Mouhanad El-Othmani, Khaled Jamal Saleh
Hip fracture care represents a service line that profoundly affects patients' quality of life. As hospitals and physicians are motivated to improve quality, reduce costs, and maximize efficiency of care, several alignment models have been proposed under new healthcare legislation. Evaluation of such models as they pertain to hip fracture care warrants further investigation. In this article, we identify the current model of operations present in large healthcare organizations, examine the reasoning behind hospital-physician alignment, and describe specific comanagement principles that are common in healthcare settings...
March 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280506/a-way-to-understand-inpatients-based-on-the-electronic-medical-records-in-the-big-data-environment
#18
Hongyi Mao, Yang Sun
In recent decades, information technology in healthcare, such as Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, is potential to improve service quality and cost efficiency of the hospital. The continuous use of EMR systems has generated a great amount of data. However, hospitals tend to use these data to report their operational efficiency rather than to understand their patients. Base on a dataset of inpatients' medical records from a Chinese general public hospital, this study applies a configuration analysis from a managerial perspective and explains inpatients management in a different way...
2017: International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275446/evolution-of-the-health-sector-response-to-hiv-in-myanmar-progress-challenges-and-the-way-forward
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EDITORIAL
Htun Nyunt Oo, San Hone, Masami Fujita, Amaya Maw-Naing, Krittayawan Boonto, Marjolein Jacobs, Sabe Phyu, Phavady Bollen, Jacquie Cheung, Htin Aung, May Thu Aung Sang, Aye Myat Soe, Razia Pendse, Eamonn Murphy
Critical building blocks for the response to HIV were made until 2012 despite a series of political, social and financial challenges. A rapid increase of HIV service coverage was observed from 2012 to 2015 through collaborative efforts of government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Government facilities, in particular, demonstrated their capacity to expand services for antiretroviral therapy (ART), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, tuberculosis and HIV co-infection and methadone-maintenance therapy (MMT)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Virus Eradication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275444/the-impact-of-thailand-s-public-health-response-to-the-hiv-epidemic-1984-2015-understanding-the-ingredients-of-success
#20
EDITORIAL
Taweesap Siraprapasiri, Sumet Ongwangdee, Patchara Benjarattanaporn, Wiwat Peerapatanapokin, Mukta Sharma
INTRODUCTION: Thailand has been heralded as a global leader in HIV prevention and treatment, and its experience with the HIV/AIDS epidemic holds valuable lessons for public health. This paper documents Thailand's response to its HIV epidemic from the late 1980s until today, and analyses its epidemiological impact (incidence and mortality). We discuss the association between the trajectory of HIV incidence and mortality rates over time, and the programmatic investments, policies and interventions that were implemented in the last three decades...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Virus Eradication
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