Shorter Primary Care Visits Linked to Risk of Lower-Quality Care, Study Finds
The new research article, which was published by JAMA Health Forum, is based on data collected from more than 8 million primary care visits in 2017. The data features visits with more than 8,000 primary care physicians. The researchers examined three kinds of prescribing decisions: antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections, coprescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines, and potentially inappropriate prescribing for older adults.
AR, VR Technology Gives Clinicians a New View of Complex Surgeries
As chief of the division of neurological surgery at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Walter Jean, MD, has been using AR and VR for more than five years, not only to plan delicate surgeries, but to actually do those surgeries as well. The technology helps him to get a better look at a patient’s anatomy both before and during the procedure.
Engineering With Empathy: Medtech’s Missing Piece in the OR
The conversation around applying empathy in patient care commonly includes patient-facing clinicians, but it is time for that conversation to extend to product developers and engineers in medical technology companies. Many organizations are already incorporating patient-centered principles in their approach, but there is an opportunity to delve deeper.
NYP-Westchester Nurses Reduce Tracheostomy-Related Pressure Injuries to Zero for 4 Years
Reducing Tracheostomy Medical Device-Related Pressure Injury: A Quality Improvement Project details how NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester, in Bronxville, achieved the results in its 18-bed adult intensive care unit (ICU), by, in part, integrating MDRPI prevention into the bedside procedure for tracheostomies that used the percutaneous dilation technique (PDT).
How to Use Data Analytics to Achieve Compassionate Care
For Robert Paeglow, MD, founder, president, and medical director of Koikonia Primary Care in Albany, New York, compassionate analytics involves using patient information to build a complete healthcare model, identifying and addressing gaps in care. That’s especially important to underserved populations such as dual-eligible patients, who might be getting a fraction of the care they need because they only visit a doctor for an immediate health concern.
Why Are Nurses No. 1 in Honesty, Ethics? Because They’re All About the Patients
In Gallup’s recent annual poll outlining the most-trusted professions in America, nurses ranked first for the 21st year. Nearly 80% of U.S. adults say nurses have “very high” or “high” honesty and ethical standards—far more than any of the other 17 professions rated, according to Gallup.
Looking at the Future of Organ Transplant Logistics
The American Society for Artificial Internal Organs recently published new data in its ASAIO Journal from a study comparing hospital costs and clinical outcomes among heart transplant patients. Specifically, the study compared patients who received heart transplants preserved with Paragonix’s SherpaPak versus the common practice of consumer coolers with ice.
More Patients Getting Care for Mental Health Conditions in Primary Care Visits
The new research article, which was published in Health Affairs, is based on data collected from more than 100,000 primary care visits from 2006 to 2018. Data was drawn from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.
The Value of Personalized Education on Pregnancy Risks
Despite this increasing rate of risk, many expectant mothers don’t know all the signs of the most common pregnancy-related complications. The Future of Pregnancy Health report, published in October 2022 by Mirvie and The Harris Poll, suggests that providing new and expectant mothers with more targeted education and tools to monitor their health can help to prevent common pregnancy-related risks.
The Exec: Coronavirus Pandemic Remains a Top Challenge
Marjorie Bessel, MD, has been with Banner Health for more than a decade. She has held many physician leadership roles at the health system, including serving as chief medical officer for several hospitals and working as chief medical officer of Banner Health’s Arizona Division. Before taking on the chief clinical officer role, she served as vice president and chief medical officer of community delivery.