Category : Recent Fire/EMS News

Newly Insured Found to Use Pricier ERs in Test or Affordable Care Act

Emergency rooms may be a preferred choice for care among 3.9 million people newly enrolled in the U.S. Medicaid program for the poor, according to a...

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In turnabout, Los Angeles Fire Dept. will release 911 call records and return to Twitter

In turnabout, Los Angeles Fire Dept. will release 911 call records and return to Twitter In a rapid reversal, the Los Angeles Fire Department...

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California’s Uninsured: By the Numbers

The state still contains the greatest number of uninsured, many of whom are employed California had the greatest number of uninsured residents of...

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Senate Report Warns of Growing Collection, Sale of Health Data

Senate Report Warns of Growing Collection, Sale of Health DataA Senate Commerce Committee report released this week finds a significant...

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Doctors Order Fewer Lab Tests When Cost Data Are Displayed in EHRs / link

Doctors Order Fewer Lab Tests When Cost Data Are Displayed in EHRs
A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine suggests that displaying cost data for laboratory tests through electronic health record systems could encourage doctors to order fewer and less expensive tests. The researchers say providing such data through EHRs can help educate doctors about costs and reduce unnecessary lab tests. Healthcare IT News.

Alarm Fatigue Tops ECRI’s List of Top 10 Health Technology Hazards / link

Alarm Fatigue Tops ECRI’s List of Top 10 Health Technology Hazards
An ECRI Institute report finds that alarm fatigue is the biggest health care technology hazard facing hospitals. Other hazards include data integrity failures in electronic health record systems, infusion pump medication errors and robotic surgery complications. Healthcare IT News et al.

OSHA Calls for Electronic Reporting of Workplace Injuries, Illnesses / link

OSHA Calls for Electronic Reporting of Workplace Injuries, Illnesses
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to require large companies to electronically file and make publically available reports of workplace-related injuries and illnesses. Supporters say the plan would help hold firms accountable, while opponents warn that it could lead to unfair targeting of certain companies. AP/Sacramento Bee, Wall Street Journal.

Daily Texts Help Patients With Diabetes Control Illness, Study Finds / link

Daily Texts Help Patients With Diabetes Control Illness, Study Finds
A study published in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine finds that patients with diabetes who received daily automated text messages related to the disease following an emergency department visit showed better medication adherence and control of the disease. Psych Central News.

The Wild West Becomes Less Wild: States Fill Privacy Gap Left by Congress / link

The Wild West Becomes Less Wild: States Fill Privacy Gap Left by Congress

by Alice Leiter
States are passing laws to protect consumer health data privacy, but such state laws often conflict, hampering secure health data exchange on a national level. Congress must take action and pass comprehensive, baseline consumer privacy legislation.

Many Physicians Dissatisfied With EHRs Because of Lost Productivity / link

Many Physicians Dissatisfied With EHRs Because of Lost Productivity
A report by IDC Health Insights finds that 58% of ambulatory and hospital-based providers feel neutral or dissatisfied about their electronic health record systems. The two most-frequently reported reasons for dissatisfaction were spending more time on documentation and seeing fewer patients. Healthcare IT News.

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