There's no one-size-fits-all approach to developing a telehealth strategy. A smart strategy entails a comprehensive set of solutions and here are five important points to consider as you make a value case for a smart telehealth strategy.
The medical imaging-based Subtype and Stage Inference machine learning algorithm developed by University College London researchers was able to distinguish several frontotemporal dementia subtypes and three different Alzheimer's disease subtypes that matched those found in brain tissue post-mortems. The approach, described in Nature Communications, may improve dementia diagnosis and prediction of disease progression, as well as prompt better dementia treatments, researchers said.
Canadian researchers found that whole-body fluorocholine-PET/MRI with the gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted volumetric interpolated breath-hold exam yielded the highest detection rate for conspicuous lesions and the highest time efficiency in staging patients with high-risk prostate cancer, compared with PET/MRI with whole-body diffusion-weighted imaging, coronal T2-weighted turbo inversion-recovery magnitude or coronal T1-weighted 3D Dixon. The findings in the American Journal of Roentgenology may also be applied to prostate-specific membrane antigens and other PET radiotracers, researchers wrote.
UK researchers found that about 80% of men with locally advanced prostate cancer who received hormone therapy and radiation therapy achieved three-year survival, compared with 70% of those only given hormone therapy. The findings in The Lancet "could and should change standard of care worldwide," said lead researcher Dr. Chris Parker.
SHINE Medical Technologies received a delivery of a Phoenix custom-designed production accelerator at its radioisotope production campus in Janesville, Wis., which is expected to help in the manufacturing of molybdenum-99 in the US. The production facility will use eight Phoenix neutron generators, and construction is set to begin next year, while commercial Mo-99 production should start in 2021, according to SHINE.
Online cognitive behavioral therapy could help reduce stigma and privacy concerns among patients with mental health conditions, allow providers and payers to offer new scalable care models that can be easily integrated into existing health care systems, and address clinician shortages, writes Derek Richards, director of clinical research at SilverCloud Health. Aside from providing ease of access to behavioral health care services, online cognitive behavioral therapy can also reduce costs for patients, providers and payers, Richards adds.
A study in JAMA Network Open showed a statistically significant but weak inverse correlation between risk-standardized hospital payments and risk-standardized mortality rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. Researchers said the study "highlights the opportunity to improve efficiency and value in health care and the policy rationale for alternative payment models."
Patients with chronic diseases who participated in an intervention that included support from a community health worker reported higher quality of care and higher support of self-management than those in a control group, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed. Patients in the intervention group also had fewer days in the hospital and lower risks of repeat hospitalizations and readmissions.
Lower scores for perceived quality of patient-primary care physician interaction among Hispanic patients with chronic kidney disease were associated with a higher risk of hospitalization compared with higher scores, researchers wrote in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. However, lower scores were not associated with the development of kidney failure or death.
Students in foster care and those involved in the juvenile justice system are especially prone to chronic absenteeism, an analysis of federal data about Arkansas schools indicates. The state ranks slightly below the national average with a 14% rate of chronic absenteeism, which is linked to weak social-emotional development and poor academic performance.