Developing CHD Surveillance System

Congenital Heart Diseases (CHD) cause defects in the structure and function of the heart which disrupts the flow of blood through the heart. According to the CDC www.cdc.gov, CHDs have been found to be the most common birth defect, a leading cause of infant mortality, and may be associated with genetic conditions.  (more…)

Share Button

Software Monitors & Tracks Responders

CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) www.cdc.gov/niosh  has a new software platform called “ERHMS Info Manager ™”. This platform is able to track and monitor emergency response and recovery workers during all phases involving emergency response during a natural disaster or any other public health emergency. (more…)

Share Button

App to Assess AFib

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) www.rit.edu are developing a video algorithm app to incorporate into a tablet or smartphone to act as a clinical tool to assess Atrial Fibrillation. (more…)

Share Button

FDA Approves Continuous GMS for Adults

FDA www.fda.gov recently approved the first continuous glucose monitoring system for adults that does not require blood sample calibration. The “Free Style Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System” made by Abbott Diabetes Care Inc., https://www.diabeteswcare.abbott will be used by adult patients to make diabetes treatment decisions without using a blood sample from the fingertip. (more…)

Share Button

PCORI Approves $3.8 M for Study

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) www.pcori.org approved $3.8 million for the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care www.upmchealthplan.com to study patients with complex care needs. The award will be finalized after the completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and at that time, the formal award contract will be issued. (more…)

Share Button

Research on Pain Management

NIH within HHS www.hhs.gov, will lead the Department of Defense (DOD) www.defense.gov, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) www.va.gov to work together on a multi-component research partnership project to focus on using nondrug approaches to manage pain for service members and veterans. (more…)

Share Button

EHRs Can Help Reduce Errors

David W. Bates MD, Chief Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital www.brighamandwomens.org, conducts studies for the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) www.ahrq.gov. He has found that a significant portion of medication errors in hospitals have occurred when physicians place the drug order not when the drugs are dispensed or administered. (more…)

Share Button