U.S. labs get poor grade on cardiac perfusion test radiation | MedPage Today
A study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that most U.S. labs performing myocardial perfusion imaging tests expose patients to significantly higher levels of radiation than their counterparts in other countries, with only 14% of U.S. labs meeting quality standards for radiation exposure. The study also found that U.S. labs use radiation doses 20% higher on average than those in other countries.
Healthsense sensors can track behaviors from how often a refrigerator is opened or a toilet is flushed to when a head hits a pillow. Senior-care managers across the country are now testing whether these sensors, which relay data back to care managers who can spot health changes before patients even notice them, can help seniors lead more independent lives for longer, while reducing costs and improving care.
Ohio patients, providers get accurate health records at their fingertips | Crain's Cleveland Business
Some Ohio hospitals are using biometric technology such as fingerprint scanners to reduce medical errors, prevent medical identity fraud and misidentification, and give patients easier, more secure access to health records.
The U.S. could learn a few things from the Danish healthcare system, where a national program to identify and compensate victims of medical errors that cause patient harm has allowed providers to learn from and address problems without worrying about malpractice suits.
Pa. health system to offer 24-hour-a-day telemedicine service via smartphones | LehighValleyNews.com
St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pa., this month plans to launch a statewide, 24-hour telemedicine service that the network says in the first of its kind in the Lehigh Valley.