Weekly Nephrology/Health IT News Roundup: March 25, 2011
Electronic Medical Records Improve Quality of Care in Resource-Limited Countries
A new study demonstrates the impact of electronic record systems on quality of medical care in a developing country.
Americans Not Ready to Use Social Media to Talk Their Doc
A national survey found that 85 percent of Americans would not use social media or instant messaging channels for medical communication if their doctors offered it. However, they aren’t opposed to email or using the Internet for more administrative functions such as billing, accessing their records and setting appointments.
Meaningful Use Work Group Looks at Stage 2 Requirements, Pace
On Tuesday, the Health IT Policy Committee’s meaningful use work group discussed recommendations and timelines for Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, taking into consideration public comments on proposed requirements for stages 2 and 3 of the program.
Muscle Loss in Chronic Kidney Disease Stopped by Inhibiting Hormone
Research shows that inhibiting a growth factor called myostatin in mice with chronic kidney disease halted the muscle wasting common in the disorder and even reduced inflammation.
Survival Matching Should Be Used to Allocate Donated Kidneys to Transplant Recipients, Experts Urge
Researcher says providing kidney transplants to patients with the best probability of longer survival would reduce repeat transplant operations and improve life span after kidney transplant.
Home Dialysis for Kidney Patients May Ease Restless Legs Syndrome
According to new research, short, daily sessions of hemodialysis at home may reduce sleep problems caused by restless legs syndrome in dialysis patients.
A Kidney Operation Changed Robert’s Life. He Got Cancer.
Father of four was assured stringent tests had been carried out on the organ he was receiving – but there was one vital flaw.
Will There Be Enough Primary-Care Physicians To Treat New Medicaid Patients?
Under the terms of the health-care overhaul law, about 16 million people will join the Medicaid rolls starting in 2014, and concerns are being raised about whether there will be enough doctors, particularly those focused on primary care, to treat them.