Researchers noted a 36% drop in hypoglycemic readings and a 39% reduction in the daily number of inpatients with two or more blood glucose values of 12.5 mmol/L or greater in the year following implementation of virtual glucose management services, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers conducted a 36-month cross-sectional study involving adult inpatients who underwent point-of-care blood glucose testing and used the virtual service, which includes automated reports along with clinician review and notes that are incorporated into the EMRs.
Researchers found an increase in the use of medications for diabetic nephropathy in the US from 2010 to 2014, with dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors and sulfonylureas among the most frequently used. The findings in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics revealed that angiotensin receptor blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors were prescribed in most treatment visits, with medication use reaching 90% during certain periods.
A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found a connection between the plasma fatty acid composition of children's blood and the risk of developing cardiometabolic disorders, including diabetes. The study noted a link between vegetable oil-based margarines and lower saturated and monounsaturated fatty acid content, as well as high polyunsaturated fatty acid content, in plasma fatty acid.
Urology Austin in Texas suffered a ransomware attack on Jan. 22 and has notified 200,000 patients who were affected by the incident. The breach may have compromised patient information including names, medical data, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers, but the provider said it quickly shut down its network after being alerted of the attack and believes no information was taken or misused.
The University of Maryland Medical System received Stage 6 recognition on the HIMSS Analytics Outpatient EMR Adoption Model for implementing EMR initiatives to improve patient safety and clinician support. The system recently implemented the Epic portfolio.
A study in Pharmacotherapy showed that a web-based tool developed by researchers from the National University of Singapore can predict a patient's risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 15 days of discharge. Researchers conducted a trial of the tool at two Singapore-based hospitals in 2015 and found about a 6% higher risk of 15-day readmission for each additional medication prescribed.
Parkinson's disease patients who got regular exercise totaling at least 150 minutes per week showed slower declines in mobility and health-related quality of life over two years, compared with those who did not exercise or who exercised less. The study in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease said exercise can be especially beneficial for patients with advanced disease.
The CDC's 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey showed that 95.6% of cardiologists and 94.5% of neurologists in the US used any EHR or EMR system, while 83.2% of cardiologists and 89.9% of neurologists reported using a certified system. Psychiatrists and dermatologists were among the physician specialties with a low rate of using certified EHR systems, at 40.8% and 62.3%, respectively, the report stated.
Data from the National Study of Employers show the number of companies with parental leave benefits is increasing past 2012 levels, following a drop after the recession, but remains less than 85%. The survey, conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management and The Families and Work Institute, found a decrease in the number of employers allowing the use of flex time during the work day, but increased use of telework.
Data show people born in the generations following World War II reported getting arthritis at a younger age, which Canadian researchers said could be associated with increases in obesity. The study in Arthritis Care & Research showed severely obese people were 2.5 times more likely to have arthritis, compared with people at normal weight.
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