Weekly Nephrology/Health IT News Roundup: November 18, 2011
Meaningful Use Needs Patient Safety Reports, Say Experts
Contributors to the Institute of Medicine’s report on health IT say that Meaningful Use regs should require submission of electronic health record data on adverse events.
Healthcare ICD-10 Conversion: One Expert’s Tips
As the ICD-10 conversion deadline approaches, consider this advice from Booz Allen Hamilton’s Beth Mahan to make the best of a painful transition.
Kidney Disease Care — What’s in Store for the Future?
Anticipated dialysis clinic closures could compromise care, but a new initiative hopes to improve Americans’ kidney health.
Dialysis Unplugged: The FDA and Dialysis Dose
One nephrologists explains why he is a believer in the FDA taking on the regulation of dialysis dose, frequency, and duration.
Nephrologists and Urologists Collaborate on Implantable Artificial Kidney
Four years ago, a joint effort was established between nephrologists and urologists at the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute to develop and implant a bioartificial kidney. Today, the team is steadily advancing the transformation of the device from concept to an implantable reality.
Intensive Therapy Halves Kidney Disease in Type 1 Diabetes
A new finding from a study funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that controlling blood glucose early in the course of type 1 diabetes yields huge dividends, preserving kidney function for decades.
ASN: Calcium Score Predicts CVD Risk in Kidney Disease
A recent study shows that in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), coronary artery calcification predicted the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, especially in those with no history of it.
Should Doctors Encourage People to Donate a Kidney to a Stranger?
Two doctors debate the ethical ramifications of doctors encouraging healthy adults to donate a kidney to a stranger.
Nation’s Top Hospital Organ Transplant Centers Identified by HealthGrades
This week, HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, made available to organ transplant patients a list of those hospitals with the best track record for survival and chances of receiving a donor organ.
HHS Launches $1B Innovation Initiative
The government will award up to $1 billion to fund innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high quality medical care and save money. Launched by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Care Innovation Challenge will also give preference to projects that rapidly hire, train and deploy healthcare workers.
Physicians Push For More Palliative Care Despite Barriers
A recent poll found that an overwhelming majority of doctors support palliative care. Still, many responded that they have some hesitations about palliative care and that there are barriers to its full adoption.