November 24, 2014 |
Featured Hospital

Blood Test Predicts Kidney Transplant Rejection
San Francisco, CA - Researchers at UC San Francisco have developed a potential test for diagnosing and predicting acute rejection in kidney transplants, a finding that eventually could replace the need for biopsies and lead to earlier detection and treatment.

“This is the first assay of its kind that can provide a sensitive readout of very early rejection and inflammation in the organ, which cannot be picked up by any other blood test on the market,” Sarwal continued. “The result is improved graft function and survival.”
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Featured Technology
Heart Failure System Significantly Reduced 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates
The CardioMEMS HF System uses a miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery. (Graphic: Business Wire) St. Paul, MN - Retrospective data analysis from the CHAMPION clinical trial shows a significant reduction in 30-day hospital readmission rates for patients age 65 and older. The CHAMPION trial looked at the safety and effectiveness of the CardioMEMS™ HF System for patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure (HF) who had been hospitalized for HF in the previous 12 months. Full Story >
On The Horizon
Tiny Needles Offer Potential New Treatment for Two Major Eye Diseases
A microneedle used to inject glaucoma medications into the eye is shown next to a liquid drop from a conventional eye dropper. Atlanta, GA - Needles almost too small to be seen with the unaided eye could be the basis for new treatment options for two of the world’s leading eye diseases: glaucoma and corneal neovascularization. Full Story >
Smart Moves
Realigning Lab Services Save Hospital $1.2M, $6M+ in New Revenue Possible
Jacksonville, FL - Last year, Baptist Health launched a project to realign laboratory services with its brand promise as the integrated delivery network began the migration to an accountable care organization model. The organization wanted to create a lab organizational structure to support full integration; find capital/operational cost saving opportunities; introduce Lean concepts to improve productivity; prevent lab test leakage to competitors; provide high quality with no service disruptions; and position the lab to pursue managed care contracts. Full Story >
What Do YOU Think?
Survey Says: Affordable Care Act Cuts Remain Top Cause of Concern
Healthcare trends Charlotte, NC - Reimbursement cuts included in the Affordable Care Act remain the top challenge for hospitals, but providers are starting to shift their focus to other emerging issues, according to a recent survey and a quarterly study of hospitals and health systems that highlights economic and industry trends impacting alliance members and the overall industry. Respondents cited new care delivery models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and industry consolidation as emerging trends expected to impact providers over the next 12 months. Full Story >
News Briefs
Pharma
Two Drugs Are No More Effective Than One to Treat Common Kidney Disease
Kidneys affected by polycystic kidney disease. Credit: New England Journal of Medicine, 2010 Bethesda, MD - Using two drugs was no more effective than a single drug in slowing disease progression in people with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, according to two studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. One of the studies also showed that rigorous blood pressure treatment slowed growth of kidney cysts, a marker of ADPKD, but had little effect on kidney function compared to standard blood pressure treatment. Full Story >
Procedures
Half of STEMI Heart Attack Patients May Have Additional Clogged Arteries
Durham, NC - In more than half of STEMI cases studied recently by Duke Medicine researchers, one or both of the patient’s other arteries were also obstructed, raising questions about whether and when additional procedures might be undertaken. Full Story >
Healthcare IT
Analytics Platform Helps Evaluate Medicare BPCI Participation
Albany, NY – DataGen and SingleTrack Analytics announced today that Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest post-acute care providers, has engaged them to provide evaluation analytics and support for Model 3 of the Medicare Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) demonstration program. Full Story >
Featured Video
Music-Based Hand Rehabilitation Glove.

MusicGlove features a groundbreaking sensorized glove that is proven to improve a user’s hand function after a stroke or other neurological or muscular injuries significantly more than conventional therapy according to the results of a randomized controlled trial of stroke patients published in the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation. More information.

Safety First
New ‘Self-Cleaning’ Surface Technology Improves Infection Control by Reducing Pathogens
Dallas, TX – An infection control study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control recently confirmed the effectiveness of new technology in reducing the number of hospital surface bacteria by more than 99 percent at least eight weeks after initial application – essentially eliminating dangerous pathogens like Clostridium difficile (C. diff) from the hospital landscape.  Full Story >
Specialties
Coping Strategies Therapy Significantly Improves Mental Health for Dementia Caregivers
London, UK - A brief coping strategies therapy which provides stress relief and emotional support for people caring for relatives with dementia can reduce depression and anxiety and improve well-being at no extra cost to standard care, new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry suggests.  Full Story >
Community
Patients Say Experience Trumps Convenience When Choosing a Cancer Surgeon
Baltimore, MD - When choosing a cancer surgeon, patients are more likely to prefer surgeons with specialized training and lots of experience far more than those who practice in a convenient location or were recommended by a friend, according to results of a new survey reported in the November issue of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. Full Story >