A Medscape survey found a digital divide between how patients and physicians view the use of technology in medicine, with 80% of patients believing that EHR systems help improve a practice's efficiency, compared with 54% of physicians. The findings also showed that 60% of physicians say patients have a right to view all doctors' notes, compared with 90% of patients.
Some 7,000 Montreal dog owners must purchase a $115 permit by the end of the year in order to keep their animals under a new bylaw that also requires pit bulls to be sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, muzzled in public and walked on leashes no more than 4 feet long. The AVMA opposes breed-specific legislation, advocacy groups say such laws are neither fair nor effective, and experts say the pit-bull label is too arbitrary. Quebec's Order of Veterinarians has authorized members to refuse to euthanize a healthy animal simply based on a violation of the new rules.
More consumers are subscribing to high-deductible health plans, but many do not have enough money saved to cover their deductibles, a Guardian Life Insurance survey revealed. "Workers need for employers to offer supplemental health benefits, either through employer-subsidized voluntary benefits programs or employee-paid worksite marketing programs, because workers facing health crises need the benefits," Allison Bell writes.
The medical community is hopeful that federally funded trials will show telemedicine can be a critical tool in the fight against opioid abuse, especially in isolated areas where professional support is limited. A doctor at a clinic participating in a southwest Virginia pilot program said patients are responding favorably to video chats that began in the summer.
Youths with untreated high blood pressure had normal scores in tests of verbal skills, memory and processing speed, although they performed worse compared with those with normal blood pressure, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. The findings were based on data involving 150 children ages 10 to 18.
The FDA on Wednesday gave Medtronic approval for its MiniMed 670G, an artificial pancreas that features a glucose sensor and an insulin pump, allowing the device to monitor blood glucose every five minutes and infuse insulin as needed. The device, which is expected to be available next spring, is indicated for patients with type 1 diabetes ages 14 years and older.
Researchers found that the use of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors, insulin and metformin among type 2 diabetes patients increased from 2006 to 2013, while the use of thiazolidinediones and sulfonylureas decreased. The findings in Diabetes Care, based on claims data from 1.66 million patients with type 2 diabetes, also showed that the proportion of patients with A1C of greater than or equal to 9% rose and the proportion of those with A1C of less than 7% dropped.
Heart failure patients with both type 2 diabetes and ischemic heart disease had the highest mortality risk, with a greater risk seen among those who didn't undergo revascularization, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Swedish researchers evaluated 35,163 heart failure patients with and without diabetes and found that type 2 diabetes predicted mortality, regardless of the presence of IHD.
Several industries, including health care, are advised to watch out for Mamba, a new strain of ransomware that encrypts an organization's entire hard drives, making Windows and files inaccessible to personnel, tw-Security experts say. Keith Fricke, a partner and principal consultant at the firm, notes that health care organizations can't do anything but pay the ransom, find another computer or use a cellphone to send emails.
HHS and the ONC have awarded a total of $1.5 million to seven health care organizations for the development of standards-based solutions to improve the exchange of health information between providers. The awardees include the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Lantana Consulting Group and The Health Collaborative.
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