A 29-page final document issued by the FDA outlines options for Prescription Drug User Fee Act fee waivers, refunds and reductions, including information on deadlines for requests.
New technology has made it easier for providers to share patient data, but the large amounts of data available from different providers can be overwhelming. EHR vendors have worked together to improve health information exchange, said Adam Landman, CIO at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
A short virtual reality experience tailored to radiologists details thermal ablation, a less-invasive procedure that employs heat to reduce the size of common or benign lumps on the thyroid. The experience, created by a radiologist at the University of Virginia Health System, aims to educate doctors about the procedure and raise their confidence in performing it, and UVA is also deploying technology to help allay patients' concerns about other interventional radiology procedures.
An analysis from 46brooklyn Research found the median monthly launch price of a brand-name drug has jumped from $150 to $722, a 381% increase, since 2006, while the median monthly price for a new generic medicine soared from $100 to around $800, a more than 700% increase. The firm examined data from federal reports and Elsevier's Gold Standard Drug Database.
Revised guidelines from the American Association of Feline Practitioners list 36 diseases that can pass from cats to humans, although overall incidence of feline-to-human zoonosis is low, says co-author and veterinarian Michael Lappin. Regular deworming, vaccination against rabies, treatment to prevent flea and tick infestations, as well as basic sanitation mitigate risk of disease and can protect humans against many of the zoonotic diseases cats can carry.
A model described in Nature Communications could help scientists better predict -- and then prevent -- outbreaks of Ebola and other zoonotic diseases. The model integrates data on climate, land use, population trends and poverty, and researcher David Redding said he hopes it helps people understand the role of socieoeconomics, animal behavior, environmental changes and other factors in disease outbreaks.
Australian and Danish researchers reviewed 14 studies involving 834 participants from the US, China, India, Hong Kong and Sweden, and found that yoga could potentially reduce type 2 diabetes risk, as shown by lower levels of fasting blood glucose, good and bad cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides among yoga-practicing participants, compared with the control group. The findings were published in PLOS ONE.
A new EHR system developed by Microsoft and Nuance Communications that combines speech recognition and artificial intelligence could ease physician burnout by requiring less time to document patient visits. The system is expected to be available early next year.
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is partnering with the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pa., to offer online master's degrees and graduate certificates in subjects that include health informatics and health administration. Classes will start in January.
About 17% of health care providers and payers are "completely unaware" about the 21st Century Cures Act and its requirements to share records with patients, according to a survey by Accenture. A little more than a quarter of payers said they were "very familiar" with the regulation, compared with 16% of providers.
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