Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The Joint Commission announced they will be offering a new certification for integrated care, which assesses how well health care providers incorporate patient care transitions, including handoff and information sharing during changes between hospital and outpatient care facilities. The certification aims at improving patient care coordination, decreasing readmissions, and reducing emergency department use. Source
• A study this week published by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston revealed that antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria are harder to treat than non-resistant strains. The researchers performed studies on mice using three different types of bacteria, and each test yielded the same results: mice infected with the antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria were more likely to die than those infected with a non-resistant strain. The study further emphasizes the need to develop new methods to prevent, control, and treat superbugs, “the health crisis of this generation.” Source
• Last Friday, a drone delivered medicine and medical supplies to a remote clinic in Wise County, Virginia. Under a flight plan authorized by the FAA for research, the hexacopter drone delivered 10 pounds of drugs and supplies from an airport in nearby Tazewell County. This delivery, called a “real 'Kitty Hawk' moment’” by Virginia senator Mark Warren, is the first government-approved use of drones for medication delivery. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple gained 0.05 percent this week from Android in net mobile devices among pMD's charge capture physician users. Given Apple's outstanding Q3 earnings results announced this week, this could be the start of a big climb for Apple. The summer months usually indicate slower iPhone sales, but as excitement increases over the upcoming iPhone 6S models out this fall, we could see Apple consume an even more dominant share of the mobile device pie for physician software.
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 physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.