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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523477/the-impact-of-e-visits-on-patient-access-to-primary-care
#1
Xiang Zhong, Peter Hoonakker, Philip A Bain, Albert J Musa, Jingshan Li
To improve patient access to primary care, many healthcare organizations have introduced electronic visits (e-visits) to provide patient-physician communication through secure messages. However, it remains unclear how e-visit affects physicians' operations on a daily basis and whether it would increase physicians' panel size. In this study, we consider a primary care physician who has a steady patient panel and manages patients' office and e-visits, as well as other indirect care tasks. We use queueing-based performance outcomes to evaluate the performance of care delivery...
May 18, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522229/patient-centered-communication-in-digital-medical-encounters
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Jordan M Alpert, Karen E Dyer, Jennifer Elston Lafata
OBJECTIVE: Patients are increasingly using the secure messaging function available through online patient portals to communicate with their health care providers, yet little is known about the characteristics of conversations that occur. The goal of this study is to describe the types of messages initiated by patients communicating via patient portals and to assess whether providers employ patient-centered strategies in their electronic responses. DESIGN: A total of 193 messages from 58 message threads between patients and providers were collected during a one-week period in a large health care system...
May 2, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487720/finger-millet-a-certain-crop-for-an-uncertain-future-and-a-solution-to-food-insecurity-and-hidden-hunger-under-stressful-environments
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Sanjay Mohan Gupta, Sandeep Arora, Neelofar Mirza, Anjali Pande, Charu Lata, Swati Puranik, J Kumar, Anil Kumar
Crop growth and productivity has largely been vulnerable to various abiotic and biotic stresses that are only set to be compounded due to global climate change. Therefore developing improved varieties and designing newer approaches for crop improvement against stress tolerance have become a priority now-a-days. However, most of the crop improvement strategies are directed toward staple cereals such as rice, wheat, maize etc., whereas attention on minor cereals such as finger millet [Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468383/secure-transmission-for-mixed-fso-rf-relay-networks-with-physical-layer-key-encryption-and-wiretap-coding
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Dawei Wang, Pinyi Ren, Julian Cheng, Qinghe Du, Yichen Wang, Li Sun
In this paper, we propose a secure transmission scheme to protect the confidential messages in a mixed free space optical-radio frequency (FSO-RF) relay network against malicious eavesdroppers. In the proposed scheme, the physical-layer key generation, encryption method and physical-layer wiretap coding are exploited to protect the FSO and RF links. Specifically, the overall transmission is divided into two time slots. In the first time slot, the transmitter and relay of the FSO link utilize the channel reciprocity of the FSO link to generate key packets...
May 1, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465277/shifting-practices-toward-recovery-oriented-care-through-an-e-recovery-portal-in-community-mental-health-care-a-mixed-methods-exploratory-study
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Deede Gammon, Monica Strand, Lillian Sofie Eng, Elin Børøsund, Cecilie Varsi, Cornelia Ruland
BACKGROUND: Mental health care is shifting from a primary focus on symptom reduction toward personal recovery-oriented care, especially for persons with long-term mental health care needs. Web-based portals may facilitate this shift, but little is known about how such tools are used or the role they may play in personal recovery. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to illustrate uses and experiences with the secure e-recovery portal "ReConnect" as an adjunct to ongoing community mental health care and explore its potential role in shifting practices toward recovery...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463318/revealing-information-by-averaging
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Sami Arpa, Sabine Süsstrunk, Roger D Hersch
We present a method for hiding images in synthetic videos and reveal them by temporal averaging. The main challenge is to develop a visual masking method that hides the input image both spatially and temporally. Our masking approach consists of temporal and spatial pixel by pixel variations of the frequency band coefficients representing the image to be hidden. These variations ensure that the target image remains invisible both in the spatial and the temporal domains. In addition, by applying a temporal masking function derived from a dither matrix, we allow the video to carry a visible message that is different from the hidden image...
May 1, 2017: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458588/evolution-and-complexity-of-government-policies-to-protect-the-health-of-undocumented-illegal-migrants-in-thailand-the-unsolved-challenges
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Rapeepong Suphanchaimat, Weerasak Putthasri, Phusit Prakongsai, Viroj Tangcharoensathien
BACKGROUND: Of the 65 million residents in Thailand, >1.5 million are undocumented/illegal migrants from neighboring countries. Despite several policies being launched to improve access to care for these migrants, policy implementation has always faced numerous challenges. This study aimed to investigate the policy makers' views on the challenges of implementing policies to protect the health of undocumented/illegal migrants in light of the dynamics of all of the migrant policies in Thailand...
2017: Risk Management and Healthcare Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441675/teaching-today-in-the-practice-setting-of-the-future-implementing-innovations-in-graduate-medical-education
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Jung G Kim, Carl G Morris, Paul Ford
PROBLEM: Implementing an innovation, such as offering new types of patient-physician encounters through the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model while maintaining Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation standards (e.g., patient encounter minimums for trainees), is challenging. APPROACH: In 2009, the Group Health Family Medicine Residency (GHFMR) received an ACGME Program Experimentation and Innovation Project (PEIP) exception that redefined the minimum Family Medicine Resident Review Committee requirement to 1,400 face-to-face visits and 250 electronic visits (1 electronic visit defined as 3 secure message or telephone encounters)...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414020/modifying-alcohol-consumption-to-reduce-obesity-macro-development-and-feasibility-trial-of-a-complex-community-based-intervention-for-men
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Iain K Crombie, Kathryn B Cunningham, Linda Irvine, Brian Williams, Falko F Sniehotta, John Norrie, Ambrose Melson, Claire Jones, Andrew Briggs, Peter M Rice, Marcus Achison, Andrew McKenzie, Elena Dimova, Peter W Slane
BACKGROUND: Obese men who consume alcohol are at a greatly increased risk of liver disease; those who drink > 14 units of alcohol per week have a 19-fold increased risk of dying from liver disease. OBJECTIVES: To develop an intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in obese men and to assess the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to investigate its effectiveness. DESIGN OF THE INTERVENTION: The intervention was developed using formative research, public involvement and behaviour change theory...
April 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385681/is-provider-secure-messaging-associated-with-patient-messaging-behavior-evidence-from-the-us-army
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Vickee Wolcott, Ritu Agarwal, D Alan Nelson
BACKGROUND: Secure messaging with health care providers offers the promise of improved patient-provider relationships, potentially facilitating outcome improvements. But, will patients use messaging technology in the manner envisioned by policy-makers if their providers do not actively use it? OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that the level and type of secure messaging usage by providers might be associated with messaging initiation by their patients. METHODS: The study employed a dataset of health care and secure messaging records of more than 81,000 US Army soldiers and nearly 3000 clinicians with access to a patient portal system...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385680/connecting-families-to-their-health-record-and-care-team-the-use-utility-and-impact-of-a-client-family-health-portal-at-a-children-s-rehabilitation-hospital
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Gillian King, Joanne Maxwell, Amir Karmali, Simon Hagens, Madhu Pinto, Laura Williams, Keith Adamson
BACKGROUND: Health care portals have the potential to provide consumers with timely, transparent access to health care information and engage them in the care process. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to examine the use, utility, and impact on engagement in care and caregiver-provider communication of a client/family portal providing access to electronic health records (EHRs) and secure, 2-way e-messaging with care providers. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, mixed-methods study involving collection of caregivers' portal usage information over a 14-month period (from portal introduction in January 2015 to the end of the study period in March 2016), a Web-based survey for caregivers administered after a minimum of 2 months' exposure to the portal and repeated 2 months later, and focus groups or individual interviews held with caregivers and service providers at the same points in time...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384076/ehealth-literacy-patient-engagement-in-identifying-strategies-to-encourage-use-of-patient-portals-among-older-adults
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Eboni G Price-Haywood, Jewel Harden-Barrios, Robin Ulep, Qingyang Luo
Innovations in chronic disease management are growing rapidly as advancements in technology broaden the scope of tools. Older adults are less likely to be willing or able to use patient portals or smartphone apps for health-related tasks. The authors conducted a cross-sectional survey of older adults (ages ≥50) with hypertension or diabetes to examine relationships between portal usage, interest in health-tracking tools, and eHealth literacy, and to solicit practical solutions to encourage technology adoption...
April 6, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373338/prevalence-disparities-and-determinants-of-primary-cesarean-births-among-first-time-mothers-in-mexico
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Sylvia Guendelman, Alison Gemmill, Dorothy Thornton, Dilys Walker, Michael Harvey, Julia Walsh, Ricardo Perez-Cuevas
Mexico has the second-highest prevalence of cesarean deliveries in the Americas, behind Brazil. Having had a previous cesarean delivery is highly predictive of having subsequent cesarean deliveries, yet evidence on the drivers of primary (that is, first-time) cesarean deliveries is sparse. Using 2014 Mexican birth certificate data and performing population-level analyses of data on 600,124 first-time mothers giving birth after at least thirty-seven weeks of gestation, we examined the prevalence and determinants of primary cesarean deliveries...
April 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373331/electronic-health-record-logs-indicate-that-physicians-split-time-evenly-between-seeing-patients-and-desktop-medicine
#14
Ming Tai-Seale, Cliff W Olson, Jinnan Li, Albert S Chan, Criss Morikawa, Meg Durbin, Wei Wang, Harold S Luft
Time spent by physicians is a key resource in health care delivery. This study used data captured by the access time stamp functionality of an electronic health record (EHR) to examine physician work effort. This is a potentially powerful, yet unobtrusive, way to study physicians' use of time. We used data on physicians' time allocation patterns captured by over thirty-one million EHR transactions in the period 2011-14 recorded by 471 primary care physicians, who collectively worked on 765,129 patients' EHRs...
April 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371896/an-analysis-of-patient-provider-secure-messaging-at-two-veterans-health-administration-medical-centers-message-content-and-resolution-through-secure-messaging
#15
Stephanie L Shimada, Beth Ann Petrakis, James A Rothendler, Maryan Zirkle, Shibei Zhao, Hua Feng, Gemmae M Fix, Mustafa Ozkaynak, Tracey Martin, Sharon A Johnson, Bengisu Tulu, Howard S Gordon, Steven R Simon, Susan S Woods
Objective: We sought to understand how patients and primary care teams use secure messaging (SM) to communicate with one another by analyzing secure message threads from 2 Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Methods: We coded 1000 threads of SM communication sampled from 40 primary care teams. Results: Most threads (94.5%) were initiated by patients (90.4%) or caregivers (4.1%); only 5.5% were initiated by primary care team members proactively reaching out to patients...
March 24, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366828/pathogen-derived-extracellular-vesicles-coordinate-social-behaviour-and-host-manipulation
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REVIEW
Yifat Ofir-Birin, Meta Heidenreich, Neta Regev-Rudzki
Infectious diseases are the leading cause of death of children worldwide, causing a tenacious and major public-health burden. The dynamic interplay between pathogens and their host is one of the most complicated themes of the disease progression. Pathogens excel in developing different means to facilitate cell-cell communication via secreted vesicles, among others. The released vesicles are involved in the transfer of biologically active molecules that induce phenotypic changes in the recipient cells. The messages within the vesicles are delivered to coordinate diverse processes, including virulence factor expression, differentiation state and control of their population density...
March 30, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362328/patients-data-management-system-protected-by-identity-based-authentication-and-key-exchange
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Alexandra Rivero-García, Iván Santos-González, Candelaria Hernández-Goya, Pino Caballero-Gil, Moti Yung
A secure and distributed framework for the management of patients' information in emergency and hospitalization services is proposed here in order to seek improvements in efficiency and security in this important area. In particular, confidentiality protection, mutual authentication, and automatic identification of patients are provided. The proposed system is based on two types of devices: Near Field Communication (NFC) wristbands assigned to patients, and mobile devices assigned to medical staff. Two other main elements of the system are an intermediate server to manage the involved data, and a second server with a private key generator to define the information required to protect communications...
March 31, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347445/scoping-review-and-evaluation-of-sms-text-messaging-platforms-for-mhealth-projects-or-clinical-interventions
#18
Sarah J Iribarren, William Brown, Rebecca Giguere, Patricia Stone, Rebecca Schnall, Nancy Staggers, Alex Carballo-Diéguez
OBJECTIVES: Mobile technology supporting text messaging interventions (TMIs) continues to evolve, presenting challenges for researchers and healthcare professionals who need to choose software solutions to best meet their program needs. The objective of this review was to systematically identify and compare text messaging platforms and to summarize their advantages and disadvantages as described in peer-reviewed literature. METHODS: A scoping review was conducted using four steps: 1) identify currently available platforms through online searches and in mHealth repositories; 2) expand evaluation criteria of an mHealth mobile messaging toolkit and integrate prior user experiences as researchers; 3) evaluate each platform's functions and features based on the expanded criteria and a vendor survey; and 4) assess the documentation of platform use in the peer-review literature...
May 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346312/using-technology-to-enhance-discharge-teaching-and-improve-coping-for-patients-after-stroke
#19
Melissa A Schneider, Katrina A Howard
BACKGROUND: A diagnosis of stroke is a life-changing event. Effective discharge teaching after a stroke is crucial for recovery, but the overload of information can be overwhelming for patients and caregivers. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine differences in discharge readiness and postdischarge coping in patients admitted for stroke after the use of individualized postdischarge information/education provided via a technology package (including patient online portal access, e-mail/secure messaging) compared with current standard discharge teaching methods (verbal/written instructions)...
June 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340229/meaningful-use-in-the-safety-net-a-rapid-ethnography-of-patient-portal-implementation-at-five-community-health-centers-in-california
#20
Sara L Ackerman, Urmimala Sarkar, Lina Tieu, Margaret A Handley, Dean Schillinger, Kenneth Hahn, Mekhala Hoskote, Gato Gourley, Courtney Lyles
Objective: US health care institutions are implementing secure websites (patient portals) to achieve federal Meaningful Use (MU) certification. We sought to understand efforts to implement portals in "safety net" health care systems that provide services for low-income populations. Materials and Methods: Our rapid ethnography involved visits at 4 California safety net health systems and in-depth interviews at a fifth. Visits included interviews with clinicians and executives ( n  = 12), informal focus groups with front-line staff ( n  = 35), observations of patient portal sign-up procedures and clinic work, review of marketing materials and portal use data, and a brief survey ( n  = 45)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
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