February 15, 2005

An Evidence-Based Guide to Writing Grant Proposals for Clinical Research

An article of interest from the Annals of Internal Medicine

An Evidence-Based Guide to Writing Grant Proposals for Clinical Research
S. K. Inouye and D. A. Fiellin
Ann Intern Med
Feb 15, 2005; 274-282.

Posted by gruwell at 4:33 PM

February 14, 2005

MEDecision Puts Payer-Based Patient Record in Doctors' Hands

February 14, 2005 09:15 AM US Eastern Timezone

MEDecision Puts Payer-Based Patient Record in Doctors' Hands

HIMSS 2005 Annual Conference

WAYNE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2005--

Industry-First Electronic Patient Clinical Summary for Doctors Delivers Comprehensive Information from All Providers, Labs, Pharmacies Associated with Patient's Health Plan


MEDecision Inc., the leader in collaborative care management, today announced the general availability of MEDecision's Patient Clinical Summary (PCS). A healthcare industry first, the Patient Clinical Summary takes patient information available from a health plan and electronically delivers it to doctors when and where the patient is being treated. Doctors now have fast, simple access to patient medical histories and critical information that can improve outcomes and save lives.

The Patient Clinical Summary is the industry's first electronic health record generated for treating physicians and created by a health plan or other payer organization. It provides a common patient view that includes a patient's historical and current medical data from doctors, labs, pharmacies and other provider organizations that have been paid for by the patient's health plan. As a result, doctors receive comprehensive, actionable intelligence about the patients they are treating when it is most valuable -- when they are making treatment decisions.

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Posted by gruwell at 3:19 PM

Florida Physicians to Write Prescriptions for Patient Information

Florida Congressman C.W. Bill Young Joins National Library of Medicine, American Medical Association Foundation, and Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation to Launch Health Information Program for Physicians, their Patients, and Caregivers

DUNEDIN, Fla.--After a doctor sees a patient, he or she often prescribes medications. But what if a doctor also wants to direct a patient to up-to-date, reliable, consumer-friendly information about a health concern? Under a pilot program to be launched in Florida on Feb. 14, physicians from six counties are being encouraged to refer their patients to MedlinePlus, a consumer health site of the National Institutes of Health.

The American Medical Association Foundation (AMAF) and the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation have teamed up with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), an arm of the National Institutes of Health, to encourage Florida physicians to point patients to first-rate online health information in NLM's MedlinePlus database (www.medlineplus.gov), and Fisher Center Foundation's Web site (www.alzinfo.org). The pilot program, called the "Information Rx" project, will be launched in six Florida counties with a demonstration hosted by Rep. C. W. Bill Young (R-FL).

Read more...NLM Press Conference

Posted by gruwell at 12:27 PM

February 10, 2005

Center for Information Therapy White Paper Shows How Population Care and Disease Management Can Improve with Information Prescriptions

February 10, 2005 08:00 AM US Eastern Timezone

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2005--Successful disease management across broad populations depends on adopting a new health care model. At the model's foundation is the delivery of information prescriptions to support personalized health decisions, according to a white paper by the Center for Information Therapy (CIT).

In "Improving Population Care and Disease Management Using Ix Principles," Joshua Seidman, PhD, executive director of the CIT, and Paul Wallace, MD, executive director of the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, detail the new care model to show health care providers and systems how this strategy better supports patients' self-care and decision-making needs.

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Posted by gruwell at 8:03 PM

Center for Information Therapy White Paper Shows How Population Care and Disease Management Can Improve with Information Prescriptions

February 10, 2005 08:00 AM US Eastern Timezone

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2005--Successful disease management across broad populations depends on adopting a new health care model. At the model's foundation is the delivery of information prescriptions to support personalized health decisions, according to a white paper by the Center for Information Therapy (CIT).

In "Improving Population Care and Disease Management Using Ix Principles," Joshua Seidman, PhD, executive director of the CIT, and Paul Wallace, MD, executive director of the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, detail the new care model to show health care providers and systems how this strategy better supports patients' self-care and decision-making needs.

Read more...Businesswire

Posted by gruwell at 8:01 PM

New Study Shows Computerized Decision Support System Reduces Medical Errors and Cuts Healthcare Costs

Thursday February 10, 8:34 am ET
- Improved Patient Outcomes and Reduced Costs Highlight Crucial Link Between Electronic Medical Data and Clinical Practice Guidelines -

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A new clinical study published today in this month's American Journal of Managed Care demonstrated that a technology- driven clinical decision support system applying evidence-based clinical guidelines to patient's electronic medical data helps flag potentially serious clinical errors or deviations from accepted best practices, while making a significant improvement on the cost and quality of medical care.

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Posted by gruwell at 7:59 PM

Calgary to lead way for holistic research

New centre breaks ground in Canada

Mario Toneguzzi
Calgary Herald

Monday, February 07, 2005

Calgary is poised to become the national leader in research and training in the field of complementary and alternative medicine.

The city will be the site of Canada's first post-secondary institute dedicated to advancing complementary and alternative health, as well as the first place where information about scientifically proven alternative health options will be offered by the Calgary Health Region on its 24-hour phoneline.

The two initiatives will be announced at a news conference today at Mount Royal College, the Herald has learned.

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Posted by gruwell at 10:41 AM

URAC Study: Medical Management Organizations Respond to 'Crossing the Quality Chasm'

Monday February 7, 2:00 pm ET

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A new URAC study shows that medical management organizations support the idea of improving health care quality, but few have adopted specific initiatives related to the goals of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 2001 report, "Crossing the Quality Chasm."(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030501/URACLOGO )

The URAC study, "Translating the Quality Chasm Aims Into Medical Management Practice: An Examination of Support for and Implementation of the IOM's Six Aims," sought to discover how medical management organizations have responded to the 2001 report's challenge for health care organizations to pursue six major aims: that health care should be safe, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient and equitable. Results of the study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are published on the URAC website, http://www.urac.org.

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Posted by gruwell at 10:39 AM