Drugmakers and medical device firms' payments to hospitals and doctors dropped in Massachusetts in 2012, according to data posted by the state Department of Public Health as required by the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Code of Conduct. The 20 leading drug and device companies that made the highest payments gave $27.1 million in 2012, down from 2011's $35.2 million and 2010's $38.3 million. The declines may reflect a desire to avoid the list as well as hospitals tightening their rules, Health Care for All's Brian Rossman said.
Purview has released a cloud-based image storage and sharing tool to allow users to view any clinical image through a secure Web-based portal. The innovative platform also allows providers and patients to use mobile devices to access, manage and share the medical images that were uploaded and stored in the cloud.
The multivariate-adjusted patient satisfaction scores of primary care physicians were slightly higher, but did not significantly differ from those of hospitalists, a study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine showed. A separate study found that hospitals with high hospitalist staffing had slightly higher patient satisfaction scores than those with lower hospitalist staffing.
The Passport to Trust foundation is developing a Web-based health dashboard called the Digital Passport to Trust that will ensure care coordination by creating a communication platform for doctors and other health care providers. The platform, set to be introduced in the next six to nine months, will have the capacity to store information and care plans that can be easily understood and accessed by providers and patients.
Medical residents at the University of Chicago found that iPads helped them become more effective on their rounds, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed. The residents reported that the tablets saved them about an hour a day by giving them access to patient records and allowing them to prescribe care more efficiently.