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Texting a preferred data sharing tool among residents, despite security concerns

While a majority of physician residents responding to a recent survey said they prefer texting to other hospital communication channels, citing ease of use and efficiency gains, more than two-thirds said they view paging systems as a more secure data sharing approach, reports a new paper published at the  Journal of Medical Internet Research.

How patient-centered care helped an Arkansas hospital cut readmissions by 90%

One Arkansas hospital system has cut readmissions nearly 90 percent by addressing both direct and indirect contributing factors, according to Executive Insight.

Five charged in $600M spinal surgery fraud scheme

The former chief financial officer of a California hospital is one of five people changed in a $600 million healthcare kickback scheme,

Docs must be more leery of off-label prescribing

Off-label prescribing is a common practice for physicians, particularly when treating some of their sickest patients for whom other remedies have failed, according to an article from the  Wall Street Journal.  But the incidence of side effects also rises sharply when drugs are given to patients for other than their intended purposes, new research published in  JAMA Internal Medicine  revealed, spurring a call for physicians to monitor their off-label prescribing more closely.

Deeper understanding of healthcare violence needed to prevent it

Rather than being reactive, healthcare professionals must understand the various reasons workplace violence occurs, according to an article by  StatNews.

Inaccurate testing drives up healthcare costs, unnecessary procedures

Amid increased concerns about misdiagnoses in healthcare, unreliable, inaccurate medical testing is also a major obstacle to patient safety, hiking unnecessary medical and drug expenses as well as prompting unneeded medical procedures, according to a new report from the Food and Drug Administration,

Groups want to keep limits on risk corridor payouts to insurers

Despite news that the nation's largest health insurer is struggling to make a profit on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, some conservative groups want to continue limiting the government's ability to cushion the companies' losses.

Patient email and texting: How to keep data safe

Patients may be hungry for easy electronic communications with their doctors, such as text messages and email, but practices are wise to consider the risks before they proceed.

Should the DoD be entitled to its own definition of interoperability?

I think we've stumbled upon one the biggest barriers to interoperability between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): there's no real consensus on...

CMS data on hospital-acquired infections confuses consumers

Federal data on hospital-acquired infections, intended to help consumers choose hospitals, actually confuses them, a study published in  Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology  found.