Patient Care

April 30th, 2013

Health Care’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: No One May Be Coordinating Care

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Some medical centers have taken steps to improve communication, assigning color-coded ID tags or scrubs to staff members so patients know who’s a nurse and who’s a doctor, and installing white boards in patient rooms, where a nurse starting a shift can jot down his or her name. At some facilities, hospitalists write their names […]

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Tags: communication, coordinating care, Health Care, Kaiser Health News, Michael Rock, pre-admission education


April 29th, 2013

Mayo Clinic captures top two awards for Innovative Services in Health Management

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Mayo Clinic captured the top two prizes for Innovative Services in Health Management, one of twelve categories presented by the Edison Awards at the ceremony in Chicago. The Gold went to the Mayo Clinic Patient App, which allows Mayo Clinic patients to have mobile access to their personal medical records and appointment schedules through the […]

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Tags: Edison Awards, Health Information, Innovative Services in Health Management, iPad App, Mayo Clinic Patient App, medical records, mobile access, News Medical, Patient Online Services


April 26th, 2013

Risk of Delay in Response to Patient E-Mails Up Over Weekend

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

The risk of delays in opening and responding to primary care patient e-mail communication is significantly worse at the weekends, according to a study published in the April/June issue of Quality Management in Health Care. James E. Rohrer, Ph.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues assessed delays in response to primary care […]

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Tags: Doctors Lounge, Dr. James Rohrer, patient email, Quality Management in Health Care, response


April 18th, 2013

The Return of the Tourniquet

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

What we learned from war led to lives saved in Boston by Lydia Depillis, The military first started to come around on tourniquets in the 1990s, when special forces in Somalia found that using them correctly saved several lives…Now, tourniquets are gradually making their way back into civilian emergency medicine as well. Mayo Clinic Trauma […]

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Tags: Boston bombing, Dr. Donald Jenkins, Mayo Clinic Trauma Center, National Trauma Institute, New Republic, tourniquet


April 17th, 2013

Can a 24/7 Medical App Save Your Life? Better Thinks So.

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Better has made a mobile app that taps into the vast database of the Mayo Clinic to provide immediate health care information and assistance. Appearing onstage today at D: Dive Into Mobile, Better founder Geoff Clapp gave a demo and explained his vision for better health care through his new mobile app. Feigning stomach pains, Clapp […]

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Tags: All Things Digital, Better mobile app, D: Dive Into Mobile, Geoff Clapp, health care information, iPhone app, mobile app


April 10th, 2013

Mammograms for Older Women May Be Beneficial

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Women 75 and older who skipped mammograms were at an increased risk of dying from breast cancer, suggesting a need for continued screening in this age group, a researcher said here…Sandhya Pruthi, MD, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said she follows American Cancer Society guidelines that advise no upper limit for women to have […]

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Tags: American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer, Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, elderly women, indolent cancer, mammograms, MedPage Today, older women


April 10th, 2013

Diagnostics firm Cancer Genetics goes public

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Cancer Genetics, a diagnostics firm focused on developing genomic-based oncology tests, made its initial public offering at a time of rapid growth in the diagnostic testing market. The 50/50 venture has not been formally established but both organizations have agreed to its development, a Mayo spokesman said. Cancer Genetics will provide capital investments and Mayo will […]

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Tags: Cancer Genetics, diagnostics, Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, Individualized medicine, Mayo Clinc's Center for Individualized Medicine, Modern Healthcare, oncology tests


April 9th, 2013

New Efforts Look to Cut Radiation From CT Scans

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Some argue that patients need to know more about the radiation dangers and should have a bigger say in how their tests are administered. At Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., medical physicist Richard Morin says that he explains to patients how Mayo doctors meet regularly to look at the amounts of radiation they use, and […]

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Tags: CT scan, Dr. Richard Morin, radiation, radiation dangers, radiation exposure, Wall Street Journal


April 9th, 2013

With Chronic Care, Less Can Be More

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Victor Montori, who explores new methods of treating chronic illness, is generating a lot of discussion with one idea: that one of the best strategies, especially for patients with more than one chronic condition, is for their care providers to back off a little. Give them some breathing room. As an endocrinologist, Dr. Montori specializes […]

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Tags: chronic care, chronic illness, diabetes, Dr. Victor Montori, Health Care Delivery Research Program, Wall Street Journal


April 5th, 2013

Team Players

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

When Kimberly Mazur received a diagnosis of Hodgkin Lymphoma in 1989 at age 26, a small cluster of medical professionals – including a few oncologists, nurses and social workers – coordinated every aspect of her year-long treatment…”The care team I work for now is very large and very different from the past,” says Mazur, now […]

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Tags: care team, coordination, CURE Magazine, diagnosis, Hodgkin Lymphoma, Kimberly Mazur


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