Canadian researchers interviewed pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, diabetes nurses and educators at 12 diabetes centers and found that only 25% of care providers reported having suitable planning and preparation for transitioning adolescents with type 1 diabetes from pediatric to adult diabetes care. Researchers, reporting the findings in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, said some barriers included the lack of a standardized transition care policy, limited communication between pediatric and adult care providers, and less flexibility in scheduling appointments for adult health care.
Researchers found low rates of transition from intravenous insulin to subcutaneous insulin infusion in a medical ICU setting, indicating challenges associated with transitioning, including a lack of standard guidelines, according to a study in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. Researchers used a cohort of 269 patients who received IV insulin infusion at the Cleveland Clinic medical ICU between June 2013 and January 2014 and found that transition rates were low with subsequent hyperglycemia.
A five-year $14.8 million grant will be awarded by the NIH to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-led Gabriella Miller Kids First pediatric data resource center, a centralized genomic and clinical database for researchers studying genetic links to conditions such as childhood cancer and birth defects. The effort also includes University of Chicago Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University and Children's National Health System.
According to a study in Neurology, quality of care, quality of life and burden on caregivers were similar for patients with Parkinson's disease who engaged in in-person doctor visits versus those who received virtual visits with a neurologist; however, each virtual visit saved patients an average of nearly 100 miles of driving and more than two hours. Researchers also found that 86% of neurologists and 97% of patients expressed satisfaction with virtual visits, with 55% of patients preferring virtual visits over in-person visits.
The latest Protenus Breach Barometer report revealed that the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights received 36 data breach reports from the health care industry last month, affecting 575,142 patient records in 29 of the incidents. For the first time this year, a vast majority of the breaches were attributed to hacking, affecting more than 516,000 records, followed by just eight incidents caused by insiders, five of which were attributed to insider misconduct.
Dr. Jeffrey Cleveland, a pediatrician at Carolinas HealthCare System, is among a small number of physicians who say that using EHRs made them better doctors, noting that a Cerner EHR installed in 2008 immediately improved his ability to deliver patient care. EHRs allow doctors to code visits quickly and enable them to display patient records on a large screen, making it easier to advise and engage patients, according to Dr. James Legan, an internal medicine physician in Great Falls, Mont.
Physicians using Allscripts EHRs will be able to help their patients connect with clinical trials under a partnership with Elligo Health Research. "Through our partnership with Allscripts, health care providers can identify patients for potential clinical research opportunities directly through their EHR," Elligo Health Research President Chad Moore said, adding that the EHR system will allow patients to gain access to new treatments "from the comfort of their own physician's office."
Former HHS Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius, Mike Leavitt and Tommy Thompson urged President Donald Trump and Congress to make insurance market stability their immediate priority by dispelling political and legal uncertainties surrounding cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers. Thompson urged Trump to hold a health care summit with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, followed by intensive legislative work until they reach a compromise.
Insys Therapeutics agreed to a $4.45 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by the Illinois attorney general's office that accused the company of illegally marketing its fentanyl-based cancer pain drug Subsys for off-label uses to high-volume opioid prescribers.
SNMMI and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology published a joint consensus document in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and a nuclear cardiology journal detailing the use of FDG-PET/CT imaging in detecting and monitoring the treatment of cardiac sarcoidosis. A multidisciplinary team of experts created the document after determining that randomized prospective clinical trials were not suitable for studying the disease.
- Page 1