Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• A breakthrough study was published this week by two scientists from Johns Hopkins University that found that most cancer is beyond our control. The study results suggest that only a third of the variation in cancer risk is attributable to environmental factors or inherited predispositions. That leaves the remaining two-thirds as "bad luck," or random mutations during DNA replication in normal stem cells. Source
• The flu season has hit epidemic status, says the CDC, and the current flu rate is higher than the rates from any December in the past five years. Contributing factors include a particularly bad strain, a relatively low vaccination rate, and a mismatch between this year’s flu vaccine and the virus. Source
• The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published findings from a four year study of six state's HIE programs (Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming). All states reported IT-related challenges, from EHR and HIE developer limitations to lack of interoperability between systems and data capture and quality issues. Source
On The Front Lines:
As Android and Apple fight for pMD's charge capture users' hearts (and wallets), there was a truce this past week. The net change in devices this week proved to be a tie! We're excited to see what the two mobile device leaders bring us in 2015.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's charge capture physician users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.