Posts From July, 2015

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/23/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

CMS Updates Hospital Star Ratings, More than 500 Earn Top Marks 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published its latest patient satisfaction survey results, which shows that the number of hospitals earning a 5-star rating has more than doubled. 548 hospitals earned a 5-star rating for the reporting period between October 2013 and September 2014. 

Health Specialists Call for $2 Billion Global Fund for Vaccines 

Several global health experts have written a paper calling for the creation of a $2 billion global fund to support vaccine development. The fund would come from governments, foundations and the pharmaceutical industry, and would be used to develop new shots against high priority diseases such as Ebola, MERS and the West Nile virus. 

AMA Docs Fed Up with EHR Woes 

At a recent American Medical Association Town Hall, physicians expressed their frustrations over EHR challenges and experiences. According to AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD: "They have so much potential to improve healthcare, improve quality, improve our efficiency, improve patient engagement, and yet that's not the current state of reality." 

This Week in Cardiology: 07/17/15 

The past few weeks have been filled with exciting news for the cardiology community. Here are some of the top stories we've collected from around the Web: 

67% of Adults Should Do This to Avoid Heart Attacks 

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA), the pool of candidates that can be treated with statins can be expanded to 67% of all U.S. adults between the ages of 40-75. It is projected that this could prevent an additional 161,560 cardiovascular events, including heart attack, stroke, and others. 

The Lowdown on TAVR: As Risk Drops, Expectations Rise 

Cardiovascular Business reports on the five-year results from the PARTNER I trial (Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valves Trial), which show that 5 years after implant, "valves showed no signs of deterioration with durable hemodynamics." With risk down, GlobalData now projects that the compound annual growth rate for TAVR valves will increase 19.7% between 2013 and 2020. 

New "Once-in-a-Decade" Novartis Drug for Heart Failure Approved by FDA 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new heart failure drug by Novartis, which has been met with considerable support from the medical community. The drug - Entresto - is the first in a new class of drugs called angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitors that is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure while enhancing neurohormonal systems. 

Best of Health IT News: Spotlight on Cardiology PACS 

The focus for this week's healthcare IT round-up is cardiology PACS and the cardiology imaging market. Read on to see the top industry news stories we've compiled from around the Web. You can also learn more about LUMEDX's HealthView CardioPACS solution here

Interoperability is Biggest Issue Facing CVIS/Cardiac PACS

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology reports that the largest barrier to hospitals seeking to upgrade their CVIS or cardiology PACS systems is interoperability. The article states that: "... an ideal CVIS should be standards-based, vendor neutral, [and] use[s] structured reporting (to enable comprehensive searches and data mining)." 

Global PACS Market to Top $5.3B by 2020

GBI Research's lastest report on the global PACS market shows that the industry will surpass $5.3 billion in value by 2020. The global PACS market is currently valued at $2.9 billion, with the United States leading the charge. According to the report, "... many U.S. hospitals are considering upgrading their conventional PACS and are seeking interoperability with different vendors of EMRs and other information systems." 

Appropriate Use Criteria Improved Some Cardiac Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging reports on a recent study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology that shows that appropriate use criteria (AUC) for cardiac imaging have led to some improvements in volumes of cardiac imaging requests. AUC resulted in improvements for some types of cardiac imaging tests but not all. 

Cardiology PACS Market to Increase 5.9% Through 2019

According to a report from market research firm MicroMarket Monitor, the North American cardiology PACS market is projected to grow 5.9% from 2014 to 2019. As of 2013, the industry was valued at $206.7 million. 

Will the Ubiquitous EMR Invade Cardiology Informatics?

Diagnostic Imaging discusses how EMR vendors are beginning to make forays into the cardiology PACS market, one that was previously controlled by a "core set of image-centric vendors." According to the article, major vendors are looking to expand into the cardiology image and information systems (CIIMS) space. 

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