December 20, 2014 |
Featured Hospital

New Global Diabetes Program Improves Patient Access and Care
Dallas, TX - To meet the needs of ever rising diabetes rates, and the challenge of getting patients the required treatment, Parkland Health & Hospital System has developed an innovative new program that “will transform diabetes care in Dallas County,” according to Luigi Meneghini, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Executive Director of the new Global Diabetes Program.  View All Hospitals >
Featured Technology
Minimally Invasive Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fracture Using the Kiva® VCF Treatment System
Munster, IN – Patients who have suffered a painful vertibral compression fracture have several treatment options such as conservative care, vertebroplasty, and vertebral augmentation, a minimally-invasive treatment option often referred to as kyhphoplasty. The latter is still a relatively new treatment option offered by a small group of orthopedic specialists throughout the nation. Surgeon Mark Chang, MD, Community Hospital in Munster chooses to perform the procedure using the new Kiva® VCF Treatment System. Full Story >
On The Horizon
Discovery May Hold Clues to Treatments That Slow Aging and Prevent Age-Related Chronic Disease
T. Keith Blackwell, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Research Director at Joslin and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and Collin Ewald, Ph.D., Research Fellow at Joslin. Boston, MA – In a study published today by Nature, researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center used a microscopic worm (C. elegans) to identify a new path that could lead to drugs to slow aging and the chronic diseases that often accompany it—and might even lead to better cosmetics. Full Story >
Smart Moves
Realigning Lab Services Save Hospital $1.2M, $6M+ in New Revenue Possible
Jacksonville, FL - Last year, Baptist Health launched a project to realign laboratory services with its brand promise as the integrated delivery network began the migration to an accountable care organization model. The organization wanted to create a lab organizational structure to support full integration; find capital/operational cost saving opportunities; introduce Lean concepts to improve productivity; prevent lab test leakage to competitors; provide high quality with no service disruptions; and position the lab to pursue managed care contracts. Full Story >
What Do YOU Think?
Survey Says: Affordable Care Act Cuts Remain Top Cause of Concern
Healthcare trends Charlotte, NC - Reimbursement cuts included in the Affordable Care Act remain the top challenge for hospitals, but providers are starting to shift their focus to other emerging issues, according to a recent survey and a quarterly study of hospitals and health systems that highlights economic and industry trends impacting alliance members and the overall industry. Respondents cited new care delivery models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and industry consolidation as emerging trends expected to impact providers over the next 12 months. Full Story >
News Briefs
Pharma
Chemical Compound Decreases Effects of Multiple Sclerosis
Seema Tiwari-Woodruff (left) is seen here with two of her lab staff members, Leonardo Martinez-Torres (center) and Jonathan Hasselmann. Photo Credit: I. Pittalwala, UC Riverside Riverside, CA – Given the debilitating effects of Multiple sclerosis (MS), an aggressive search is on among scientists to find a drug that could minimize the degeneration of axons, thus reducing the rate and degree of MS progression. Better still would be if this drug could stimulate “remyelination,” the re-sheathing of the axons, restoring fast and uninterrupted flow of nerve impulses. Now a team of researchers, led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, reports in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that it has identified just such a drug in the lab. Full Story >
Procedures
Half of STEMI Heart Attack Patients May Have Additional Clogged Arteries
Durham, NC - In more than half of STEMI cases studied recently by Duke Medicine researchers, one or both of the patient’s other arteries were also obstructed, raising questions about whether and when additional procedures might be undertaken. Full Story >
Healthcare IT
IBM Clinical Reasoning System to Help Accelerate and Enhance Care Delivery
Houston, TX - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun a two-year pilot to study innovative approaches to quickly search electronic medical records and medical literature for relevant published studies. During the pilot, VA will assess how the technology may accelerate evidence-based clinical decisions. IBM Corporation was selected to provide the system which uses its “Watson technology” made famous on the TV show "Jeopardy." Full Story >
Featured Video
DIGITAL PATHOLOGY ...helps Riverside Regional Medical Center core lab become a regional leader in breast cancer diagnostics. Digital image analysis algorithms for the breast panel allows for confidence in diagnosis. Additionally, digital pathology will allow more efficient consultation with remote hospitals and outside institutions.
Safety First
Patient Engagement Provides Enhancements to Health Care Delivery System
Oak Brook, IL - Patient engagement in practice improvement projects resulted in enhancements to the health care delivery system at University of Wisconsin (UW) Health, Madison, Wisconsin, as well as provided unique and essential contributions, according to an article, “Engaging Patients at the Front Lines of Primary Care Redesign: Operational Lessons for an Effective Program,” in the December 2014 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Full Story >
Specialties
Taming the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis
Structure of a compstatin molecule. Credit: Daniel Ricklin, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA — New work by Penn researchers has found an effective way to avoid systemic inflammation  which could lead to complications such as cardiovascular disease and anemia  by temporarily suppressing complement during dialysis. Their work appears online in Immunobiology. Full Story >
Community
2013 Nobel Prize Recipient to Speak on Autism, Schizophrenia
Thomas C. Südhof, 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine Sacramento CA - Thomas C. Südhof, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, will address his research on how defects in a ‘glue’ that binds together proteins at the neuronal synapses may play a role in the etiology of autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and other psychiatric neurodevelopmental conditions, during the first 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address in January. Full Story >