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1/18/2018

Burnout among physicians may have been augmented by increased EHR use amid the shift to value-based care and their overwillingness to take on administrative burdens related to operating a practice, Dr. Donald Mack, family physician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, wrote in a commentary published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Implementing direct primary care, which physicians said resulted in increased autonomy, control and time with patients, may be one solution for overcoming physician burnout, Mack wrote.

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EHR Intelligence
1/18/2018

New York eHealth Collaborative Executive Director Valerie Grey and Imprivata CIO Aaron Miri filled the final two slots in the ONC's 30-member Health IT Advisory Committee, which is scheduled to meet for the first time today. "The advisory committee will help shape the next phase of health information exchange in our country, while ensuring the interests of patients and the public remain at the center," said Grey.

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FierceHealthcare
1/17/2018

An emergency department nurse improperly accessed the health records of 1,309 patients at Palomar Health in Escondido, Calif., between Feb. 10, 2016, and May 7, 2017, a hospital spokesman said. The information accessed included patients' names, medical record numbers, medications and dates of birth, but financial and/or insurance information was accessed in only four cases.

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Palomar Health
1/17/2018

Dogs and people are prone to many of the same cancers, and clinical trials conducted in canine patients may ultimately benefit both, researchers say. Pet dogs are excellent cancer avatars not only because of their genetic similarity to people, but also because they live in the same environments we do, notes veterinarian and oncologist Douglas Thamm.

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American Veterinarian
1/17/2018

A study of opossums, rabbits, armadillos and hyraxes showed that placental mammals evolved to mute an inflammatory response to an egg implanting in the placenta, thus enabling extended gestation. Decidual cells, which form in the uterine lining early in pregnancy, persist through delivery in mice and humans but disappear quickly in many other placental mammals, suggesting that cells might moderate the inflammatory response and result in miscarriage if the process goes awry.

1/17/2018

A series of meetings focused on adapting clinical guidelines for the "digital age" will be held by the CDC from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9. Officials will discuss how potential changes could affect clinicians, EHR vendors and other stakeholders, how clinical guidelines will be adopted and distributed, and the development of an informatics framework for translating guidelines into different formats.

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CDC
1/17/2018

Workflow problems surrounding MHS Genesis, the Defense Department's new EHR, prompted the DOD and Cerner to delay the system's implementation for eight weeks. The delay will allow Cerner and DOD officials to evaluate pilot implementations at four sites in Washington state, including Fairchild Air Force Base and Madigan Army Medical Center.

1/17/2018

Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., has seen an increase in the use of its Mission Virtual Clinic telemedicine program since its launch in October 2016, with a record 178 total patient visits in November. The platform integrates the provider's Cerner EHR system with telemedicine technology from Zipnosis, allowing patients to receive services such as influenza and strep throat testing through the virtual clinic.

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Zipnosis
1/17/2018

Nearly every approved drug is tested on animals at some point in development, and product labels that reflect this fact could raise the public's appreciation of animal research, writes postdoctoral fellow Shaun Khoo. Labels that note animal testing would enhance discussions about the ethical use of animals and would allow consumers to decide whether the benefits of a given treatment outweigh any perceived ethical cost, Khoo writes.

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The Scientist online
1/17/2018

An experimental cytomegalovirus-based tuberculosis vaccine reduced or prevented infection in 70% of rhesus macaques exposed to a virulent strain of the virus a year after inoculation, researchers reported in Nature Medicine. About 40% of the macaques showed no sign of infection, and 30% developed a comparatively mild infection.