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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281427/trends-in-admissions-morbidity-and-outcomes-at-red-cross-war-memorial-children-s-hospital-cape-town-2004-2013
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Y Isaacs-Long, L Myer, H J Zar
BACKGROUND: Routinely collected patient information has the potential to yield valuable information about health systems and population health, but there have been few comprehensive analyses of paediatric admissions at South African (SA) hospitals. OBJECTIVES: To investigate trends in hospitalisation and outcomes at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital (RCWMCH), a major referral hospital for children in the Western Cape and SA. Methods. Using routinely collected observational health data from the hospital informatics system, we investigated admissions between 2004 and 2013...
February 27, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280932/bits-and-bytes-the-future-of-radiology-lies-in-informatics-and-information-technology
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James A Brink, Ronald L Arenson, Thomas M Grist, Jonathan S Lewin, Dieter Enzmann
Advances in informatics and information technology are sure to alter the practice of medical imaging and image-guided therapies substantially over the next decade. Each element of the imaging continuum will be affected by substantial increases in computing capacity coincident with the seamless integration of digital technology into our society at large. This article focuses primarily on areas where this IT transformation is likely to have a profound effect on the practice of radiology. KEY POINTS: • Clinical decision support ensures consistent and appropriate resource utilization...
March 9, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277828/cultivating-change-door-to-door-educational-outreach-to-improve-prescribing-practices-in-rural-veterans-with-ptsd
#3
Macgregor Montaño, Nancy C Bernardy, Kathleen Sherrieb
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines for the management of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recommend against the use of benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines and PTSD are both associated with addiction-related risks. VA prescribing trends show continued use of benzodiazepines and polysedative use in veterans with PTSD, particularly in rural areas. The authors examine the use of an educational intervention to improve pharmacologic management of veterans with PTSD in rural clinics. METHODS: The VA Academic Detailing Service Informatics Toolset provides prescribing, demographic and risk factor data for veterans with PTSD treated at the White River Junction VA Medical Center (WRJ VA) and affiliated rural clinics in Vermont and New Hampshire...
March 9, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274984/development-of-a-postgraduate-year-2-pharmacy-residency-in-clinical-pharmacogenetics
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Cyrine E Haidar, James M Hoffman, Roseann S Gammal, Mary V Relling, Kristine R Crews
PURPOSE: The structure and development of an innovative, ASHP-accredited postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) clinical pharmacogenetics residency program are described. SUMMARY: A 12-month PGY2 clinical pharmacogenetics residency was created at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in accordance with the ASHP standards for advanced practice residencies. The purpose of this 12-month residency program is to prepare pharmacy residents to implement pharmacogenetics in clinical practice...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271120/code-status-reconciliation-to-improve-identification-and-documentation-of-code-status-in-electronic-health-records
#5
Viral G Jain, Peter J Greco, David C Kaelber
BACKGROUND: Code status (CS) of a patient (part of their end-of-life wishes) can be critical information in healthcare delivery, which can change over time, especially at transitions of care. Although electronic health record (EHR) tools exist for medication reconciliation across transitions of care, much less attention is given to CS, and standard EHR tools have not been implemented for CS reconciliation (CSR). Lack of CSR creates significant potential patient safety and quality of life issues...
March 8, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270198/large-scale-adverse-effects-related-to-treatment-evidence-standardization-laertes-an-open-scalable-system-for-linking-pharmacovigilance-evidence-sources-with-clinical-data
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(no author information available yet)
BACKGROUND: Integrating multiple sources of pharmacovigilance evidence has the potential to advance the science of safety signal detection and evaluation. In this regard, there is a need for more research on how to integrate multiple disparate evidence sources while making the evidence computable from a knowledge representation perspective (i.e., semantic enrichment). Existing frameworks suggest well-promising outcomes for such integration but employ a rather limited number of sources...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242767/analysis-of-the-time-and-workers-needed-to-conduct-systematic-reviews-of-medical-interventions-using-data-from-the-prospero-registry
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Rohit Borah, Andrew W Brown, Patrice L Capers, Kathryn A Kaiser
OBJECTIVES: To summarise logistical aspects of recently completed systematic reviews that were registered in the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO) registry to quantify the time and resources required to complete such projects. DESIGN: Meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION: All of the 195 registered and completed reviews (status from the PROSPERO registry) with associated publications at the time of our search (1 July 2014)...
February 27, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229371/overall-survival-and-metastasis-resections-in-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-using-electronic-medical-records
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Eetu Heervä, Maija Lavonius, Panu Jaakkola, Heikki Minn, Raija Ristamäki
PURPOSE: Treatment for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer is chemotherapy commonly combined with monoclonal antibodies against vascular endothelial growth factor (bevacizumab) or epidermal growth factor receptor (cetuximab or panitumumab), the efficacy of which has been proven in randomized controlled trials. The objective of the current retrospective study was to analyze the impact of targeted therapy, adverse events, and dose reduction on overall survival (OS) and metastasis resection rates...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225460/professional-development-perceptions-and-practices-among-u-s-physicians-a-cross-specialty-national-survey
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David A Cook, Morris J Blachman, David W Price, Colin P West, Richard A Berger, Christopher M Wittich
PURPOSE: Professional development (PD)-both for-credit continuing medical education (CME) and informal self-directed or point-of-care learning-is vital to all physicians. The authors sought to understand physicians' PD perceptions and practices and how these vary by specialty and practice type. METHOD: The authors administered an Internet and paper survey, from September 2015 to April 2016, to randomly sampled U.S. physicians. Survey items addressed perceived PD needs and barriers and how physicians identify knowledge/skills gaps...
February 21, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197420/the-challenges-of-electronic-health-records-and-diabetes-electronic-prescribing-implications-for-safety-net-care-for-diverse-populations
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REVIEW
Neda Ratanawongsa, Lenny L S Chan, Michelle M Fouts, Elizabeth J Murphy
Widespread electronic health record (EHR) implementation creates new challenges in the diabetes care of complex and diverse populations, including safe medication prescribing for patients with limited health literacy and limited English proficiency. This review highlights how the EHR electronic prescribing transformation has affected diabetes care for vulnerable patients and offers recommendations for improving patient safety through EHR electronic prescribing design, implementation, policy, and research. Specifically, we present evidence for (1) the adoption of RxNorm; (2) standardized naming and picklist options for high alert medications such as insulin; (3) the widespread implementation of universal medication schedule and language-concordant labels, with the expansion of electronic prescription 140-character limit; (4) enhanced bidirectional communication with pharmacy partners; and (5) informatics and implementation research in safety net healthcare systems to examine how EHR tools and practices affect diverse vulnerable populations...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186022/using-medical-informatics-to-improve-clinical-trial-operations
#11
Eric L Eisenstein, Amy Harris Nordo, Meredith Nahm Zozus
The continued escalation of clinical trial costs is becoming a public health concern. During the past decade, medical research funding peaked and there is growing concern that there may be insufficient resources to test many promising medical products. Recent changes in the regulatory environment create opportunities for the use of medical informatics to improve clinical trial operations and reduce costs. We report on a Medical Informatics Europe 2016 workshop conducted during the Health - Exploring Complexity (HEC) 2016 conference...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183244/personalised-healthcare-the-dima-clinical-model
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Marina Borro, Giovanna Gentile, Vittorio Fineschi, Zeno Földes-Papp, Paola Frati, Alessandro Santurro, Luana Lionetto, Maurizio Simmaco
Large-scale application of Personalized Medicine requires a multi-disciplinal environment allowing synergic cooperation among different competences. Strict collaboration between medical and medical sciences, as informatics, ethics, politics, are needed to face the challenges of one-sized healthcare. In spite of the increasing interest, how this system can be globally realized remains tentative. Yet, a relatively small, Personalised Healthcare Service is providing a proof-of principle organizational model to guide implementation into clinical practice...
February 8, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157143/the-american-medical-informatics-2016-annual-symposium-nurses-lead-discover-educate-and-collaborate
#13
Rebecca R Kitzmiller
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152857/the-radiation-oncology-emr-as-a-quality-and-outcomes-based-informatics-platform-a-multicenter-pilot-study
#14
Tammy Wotring, Andrew S Kennedy
168 Background: Radiation oncology specific oncology information systems (OIS) are highly specialized and capture large amounts of rich data related to patient care. There is great potential to expand the utility of these systems from data collection and point-of-care documentation to platforms for radiation oncology informatics. To this end, we have begun an effort to consolidate and standardize the OIS within a large network of radiation oncology clinics. We report initial findings from a multi-center OIS standardization pilot involving five clinics...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144682/representation-of-people-s-decisions-in-health-information-systems-a-complementary-approach-for-understanding-health-care-systems-and-population-health
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Fernan Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quiros, Adriana R Dawidowski, Silvana Figar
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we aimed: 1) to conceptualize the theoretical challenges facing health information systems (HIS) to represent patients' decisions about health and medical treatments in everyday life; 2) to suggest approaches for modeling these processes. METHODS: The conceptualization of the theoretical and methodological challenges was discussed in 2015 during a series of interdisciplinary meetings attended by health informatics staff, epidemiologists and health professionals working in quality management and primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, together with sociologists, anthropologists and e-health stakeholders...
February 1, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134555/development-and-applications-of-the-veterans-health-administration-s-stratification-tool-for-opioid-risk-mitigation-storm-to-improve-opioid-safety-and-prevent-overdose-and-suicide
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Elizabeth M Oliva, Thomas Bowe, Sara Tavakoli, Susana Martins, Eleanor T Lewis, Meenah Paik, Ilse Wiechers, Patricia Henderson, Michael Harvey, Tigran Avoundjian, Amanuel Medhanie, Jodie A Trafton
Concerns about opioid-related adverse events, including overdose, prompted the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to launch an Opioid Safety Initiative and Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution program. To mitigate risks associated with opioid prescribing, a holistic approach that takes into consideration both risk factors (e.g., dose, substance use disorders) and risk mitigation interventions (e.g., urine drug screening, psychosocial treatment) is needed. This article describes the Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation (STORM), a tool developed in VHA that reflects this holistic approach and facilitates patient identification and monitoring...
February 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130063/effects-of-control-interventions-on-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-england-an-observational-study
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Kate E Dingle, Xavier Didelot, T Phuong Quan, David W Eyre, Nicole Stoesser, Tanya Golubchik, Rosalind M Harding, Daniel J Wilson, David Griffiths, Alison Vaughan, John M Finney, David H Wyllie, Sarah J Oakley, Warren N Fawley, Jane Freeman, Kirsti Morris, Jessica Martin, Philip Howard, Sherwood Gorbach, Ellie J C Goldstein, Diane M Citron, Susan Hopkins, Russell Hope, Alan P Johnson, Mark H Wilcox, Timothy E A Peto, A Sarah Walker, Derrick W Crook
BACKGROUND: The control of Clostridium difficile infections is an international clinical challenge. The incidence of C difficile in England declined by roughly 80% after 2006, following the implementation of national control policies; we tested two hypotheses to investigate their role in this decline. First, if C difficile infection declines in England were driven by reductions in use of particular antibiotics, then incidence of C difficile infections caused by resistant isolates should decline faster than that caused by susceptible isolates across multiple genotypes...
January 25, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126242/artificial-intelligence-in-medicine
#18
Pavel Hamet, Johanne Tremblay
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a general term that implies the use of a computer to model intelligent behavior with minimal human intervention. AI is generally accepted as having started with the invention of robots. The term derives from the Czech word robota, meaning biosynthetic machines used as forced labor. In this field, Leonardo Da Vinci's lasting heritage is today's burgeoning use of robotic-assisted surgery, named after him, for complex urologic and gynecologic procedures. Da Vinci's sketchbooks of robots helped set the stage for this innovation...
April 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119991/research-strategies-for-biomedical-and-health-informatics-some-thought-provoking-and-critical-proposals-to-encourage-scientific-debate-on-the-nature-of-good-research-in-medical-informatics
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Reinhold Haux, Casimir A Kulikowski, Suzanne Bakken, Simon de Lusignan, Michio Kimura, Sabine Koch, John Mantas, Victor Maojo, Michael Marschollek, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Anne Moen, Hyeoun-Ae Park, Indra N Sarkar, Tze Yun Leong, Alexa T McCray
BACKGROUND: Medical informatics, or biomedical and health informatics (BMHI), has become an established scientific discipline. In all such disciplines there is a certain inertia to persist in focusing on well-established research areas and to hold on to well-known research methodologies rather than adopting new ones, which may be more appropriate. OBJECTIVES: To search for answers to the following questions: What are research fields in informatics, which are not being currently adequately addressed, and which methodological approaches might be insufficiently used? Do we know about reasons? What could be consequences of change for research and for education? METHODS: Outstanding informatics scientists were invited to three panel sessions on this topic in leading international conferences (MIE 2015, Medinfo 2015, HEC 2016) in order to get their answers to these questions...
January 25, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115427/the-ucla-health-resident-informaticist-program-a-novel-clinical-informatics-training-program
#20
Jennifer S Singer, Eric M Cheng, Kevin Baldwin, Michael A Pfeffer
Few opportunities exist for physician trainees to gain exposure to, and training in, the field of clinical informatics, an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited, recently board-certified specialty. Currently, 21 approved programs exist nationwide for the formal training of fellows interested in pursuing careers in this discipline. Residents and fellows training in medical and surgical fields, however, have few avenues available to gain experience in clinical informatics. An early introduction to clinical informatics brings an opportunity to generate interest for future career trajectories...
January 23, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
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