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Social Media & Healthcare: Improve Service and Expand Reach

Innovative uses of social media to support health care service, marketing, and outreach. Slides from social media panel at educational event sponsored by Nat...

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A slideshow providing interesting statistics as well as examples of how US hospitals are engaging in social media, including the positives and negatives

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Augmentin implicated in drug-induced liver injury - Family Practice News Digital Network

Augmentin implicated in drug-induced liver injury - Family Practice News Digital Network | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

From Iceland comes this report of a population based study of drug induced liver injury leading to hospitalisation in adults and reported online via the 
Family Practice News Digital Network.

 
The crude incidence of drug-induced liver injury in this series is roughly 19.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with amoxicillin-clavulanate the most commonly implicated agent.

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Extreme cases of drug induced liver injury can lead to acute liver failure and hence the requirement for liver transplantation

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Healthcare Social Media: Time To Get On Board

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If you are working in an organisation that actively uses social media then this article may not add anything new. If not then you may want to find out more. Be reassured you are not alone.

 

Many hospitals and practices are still hesitatant to jump on board the social media bandwagon. Here is some practical advice to help guide your organization through the decision making process.

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Why improving process quality measures may not impact mortality ...

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What contributes to good results in healthcare? Can measurement of processes assist with the understanding of patient outcomes? The answer is yes and no. Measurement can help but the appropriate metrics have to be used.

 

Recently, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine(NEJM) reported that the Premier demonstration project showed hospitals that performed well on quality process measures did not improve patient mortality rates. Reading this blog posting may help you understand how this result may have been achieved.

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Brain death decline means fewer donors - Vancouver Sun

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The incidence of brain death may be declining hence leading to fewer numbers of organ donors  as reported via the Vancouver Sun.
The report summarises the results of a research study that has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

 

Analysis of data from hospitals in one region of Canada has revealed a decrease in the number of patients in whom the diagnosis of brain death was able to be made over the course of the study period.

 

Hence this has implications for organ donation with mention being made of the alternative pathway to deceased donor organ donation- Donation after circulatory death

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National Test Identifies Barriers to Organ Donation - Doctors Lounge

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National Test Identifies Barriers to Organ Donation. A national test of the Rapid Assessment of Hospital Procurement Barriers in Donation in the United States has identified specific barriers to organ donation and patient referral, according to a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

 

To ensure quality improvement in organ donation it appears that the processes for identifying and managing donors need to be incorporated into the fabric of hospitals..........

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A Potential Passport for Care Coordination: Healthcare Informatics Magazine

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Want to read about an innovative approach for co-ordinating care for patients involving the use of information technology? This report comes from the United States.

 

Via Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology,Health care information technology & IT strategy news for CIOs, CMIOs & clinical informaticists. Also learn about EMR EHR, ARRA HITECH, wireless technologies & meaningful use policy.

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