New federal rules give patients access to their full medical records, including clinicians' notes, which advocates say will empower patients and improve provider-patient communication. But some warn that descriptions of clinical assessments are easily misinterpreted and clinicians will become overly circumspect to avoid upsetting patients, creating gaps and ambiguity.
Microsoft has reportedly offered about $56 per share, or $16 billion, for Nuance Communications, which makes speech-recognition software used to transcribe medical notes, customer service calls and voice messages.
A doctorate has become the terminal degree in many health care fields, while health information management education generally terminates at the bachelor's degree, but HIM professionals have opportunities to advance their education beyond the baccalaureate level and bolster their careers, writes AHIMA Fellow Ellen Karl, the academic director for HIM and health services administration programs at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Until accredited HIM master's degree programs are widely available, pursuing specialty credentials can bolster career trajectories, she writes.
The White House issued a statement April 1 detailing actions the administration plans to take in its first year to control the opioid epidemic, and the measures align with ADA priorities, ADA News reports. The priorities include making evidence-based treatment more accessible, striving for racial equity as part of policy-making and curbing youth substance use through support of evidence-based prevention programs. ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention member Brooke Fukuoka, D.M.D., who is also a member of the Council's prevention subcommittee, said the plan recognizes the role of mental health in substance use disorders and the importance of mental health to overall health. "While unmet needs in dental health can lead to infection, pain and tooth loss, unmet needs in mental health can lead to self-harm, harm to others, and substance misuse," she said.
The Biden administration rejected calls from state officials and health experts to change its population-based COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy and give more doses to states seeing spikes in cases and hospitalizations, The Hill reports. "[T]he fair and equitable way to distribute the vaccine is based on the adult population by state, tribe and territory. That's how it's been done, and we will continue to do so," said Jeff Zients, the administration's COVID-19 response coordinator.
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While several medical groups, including the ACR and the Society of Breast Imaging, have released guidance on how providers can avoid unneeded costs and procedures, "widespread patient education regarding vaccine-induced lymphadenopathy is needed, especially as this may be mistaken as a sign of malignancy," experts wrote in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. They suggested infographics to educate patients about the side effects of COVID-19 vaccine and to ensure that those with lymphadenopathy and with cancer follow their medical follow-up schedules.
The average for new COVID-19 cases totaled 68,000 per day over the past week, marking the third consecutive week of increase, while infections and emergency department visits rose. About 20% of the American population has been fully vaccinated to date, according to the CDC, but a model from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation predicts that COVID-19 fatalities will increase to 697,573 by Aug. 1 if fully vaccinated individuals return to pre-pandemic mobility levels.
A study in Bone showed how a deep learning algorithm was able to detect abdominal aortic calcification in vertebral fracture assessment images taken using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, which could help in predicting cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that the convolutional neural network model yielded a weighted average accuracy of 88.1%, a sensitivity of 80.9% and a specificity of 91.9%.
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