About 40% of people newly diagnosed with cancer who were offered access to view their online medical records did so, while 18% did not view their records, according to an ONC report. About 29% of people previously diagnosed with cancer were both offered access to and viewed their EHR, while the same percentage of previously diagnosed people were offered access but did not take advantage of it.
The World Health Organization said Thursday that it's too early to designate the emerging coronavirus spreading in Wuhan, China, as a public health emergency of international concern due to the small number of cases outside the country and the Chinese government's efforts to stop the virus from spreading. "Make no mistake. This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency," said WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Lindsay Carraway, who has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, says she uses art -- and her upcoming exhibition -- as a way to heal "because you can be your own destruction." "It's cathartic to get emotional distress out somehow," says licensed clinical social worker Kelly Smith.
A study published in Diabetes Care found dysfunction of insulin-producing beta cells to be an early event in the onset of prediabetes among children and was associated with the presence of genetic factors tied to type 2 diabetes in adults. Based on data from 300 healthy children from the UK, the study also showed that weight gain during puberty increases the likelihood of prediabetes progressing to diabetes, highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet during childhood to curb the risk of diabetes, researchers said.
Prediabetes may increase the likelihood of adverse cardiovascular events like heart failure by 38% and may also heighten the risk of proteinuria progression among people with chronic kidney disease, compared with those with normoglycemia, according to a study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. However, the findings, based on 3,701 adults, also showed that prediabetes was not tied to a drop in eGFR or development of end-stage renal disease.
Nutrition is a key determinant of health and an important part of patient transitions and post-acute care, but it still has a low priority in training and practice for most providers and malnutrition remains an under-recognized problem, write experts from Avalere Health and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Providing a foundation for the best post-discharge nutrition care will require hospital and primary care leadership, EHR integration, better insurance coverage for post-discharge nutrition care, making nutrition part of discharge planning, and educating physicians about nutrition and malnutrition.
Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine in San Diego and Deloitte are developing a pilot project to have drones to pick up lab specimens at the airport and bring them about 5 miles to Rady's for genetic analysis. The groups are working with the Federal Aviation Administration, and the goal is to cut transit time and speed results for patients.
Health care organizations have not moved fast enough to capitalize on their market and understand consumer preferences, but nontraditional health companies such as Amazon and Google as well as private equity firms provide insight on what consumers want and what investments to make, said Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert Garrett. Operating margins for health care providers are stable but vulnerable, Garrett said, and the risk has increased due the new players in ambulatory care.
Lark Health's new artificial intelligence-driven apps coach users who want to lose weight, quit smoking, reduce stress or otherwise improve their overall health. Users can select one focus area at a time and move on to others after completing the program.
The impulse to fight health misinformation with facts is well intentioned, but many fact-based public service campaigns have had exactly the opposite effect intended, and perceived social norms are powerful change engines, writes behavioral scientist Jessica Fishman. Health messaging should focus less on negative behaviors and more on positive behaviors displayed by a majority of people, such as the Truth Initiative's videos showing teens tossing out their e-cigarettes, Fishman writes.
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