Weekly Nephrology/Health IT News Roundup: January 28, 2011
Three States Take Lead in EHR Incentive Program
The federal funding tap is open, and Electronic Health Record Incentive Program dollars are flowing, at least to qualified participants on the state-administered Medicaid side. Oklahoma, Kentucky and Louisiana issued the first checks in January, even though none of those states had been projected as early adopters of EHRs.
Blumenthal: Look for Stage 1 Meaningful Use Upshot by Next Winter
David Blumenthal, MD, national coordinator of healthcare IT and chief architect of the three-stage program that ties implementation of electronic health records to millions of dollars in government incentives, is interviewed about what comes next on the hilly road to meaningful use.
New Service Allows Docs to Check Drug Labeling Via EHRs
In an effort to boost drug safety, a new online service has been launched that allows doctors to check the FDA-approved labeling for the most commonly prescribed drugs. The service is at the center of a new campaign being led by PDR Network called “Know the Label.”
Smoking, Obesity Trim Life Expectancy
Smoking, a declining habit, and obesity, a burgeoning problem, have cut three to four years off the increasing life expectancy of Americans, an international longevity comparison concludes. The study suggests that the U.S. medical system does a poor job of prevention.
New Way To Prevent Infections In Dialysis Patients Discovered By Canadian Researchers
Researchers have discovered that a drug used to treat dialysis catheter malfunction in kidney dialysis patients may now also help prevent both malfunction as well as infections.
Researchers Uncover Potential ‘Cure’ for Type 1 Diabetes
New findings by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers suggest that Type 1 diabetes could be converted to an asymptomatic, non-insulin-dependent disorder by eliminating the actions of a specific hormone.
105 Million in U.S. Have Diabetes or Prediabetes, CDC Says
According to 2011 estimates released Wednesday by the CDC, diabetes now affects nearly 26 million Americans of all ages and 79 million people have what doctors call “prediabetes,” contributing to an increased risk of kidney failure.
Shipping Live Donor Kidneys Feasible
Transporting live donor kidneys long distances for transplantation into recipients does not adversely affect outcomes, a finding that could increase the number of donors and recipients who participate in kidney-paired donation (KPD), according to researchers.