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Technology to Transform Medicine

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Source: AAMC Reporter, April 19, 2012 In an interview with the AAMC Reporter about his book “Smart Medicine,” Bill Hanson discusses how technological advances make health care more efficient and less costly. He suggests that the traditional model of medical education is already over and that the new model is moving toward a more team-based approach leaning heavily on easily accessible information.

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Innovative Ideas to Solve Health and Health Care Problems

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Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Blog, April 4, 2012 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced that they are supporting a number of research projects testing simple interventions that may have widespread impact on complex problems. The initiative titled “Applying Behavioral Economics to Perplexing Problems In Health and Health Care” received administrative support from LDI CHIBE. Eight innovative proposals were selected to be funded through the initiative and teams will convene next year to share their findings.

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Recommendations Against Unnecessary Medical Tests

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, April 4, 2012 A new campaign has nine medical societies making recommendations against dozens of unnecessary medical tests in order to cut costs and avoid anxiety and risky follow-up procedures in patients. Mark Pauly believes that insured patients might not question the need for tests that they are not paying for directly. He says “the way to get them to do it is to give them a stake in the outcome.”

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Ethical Concerns Surrounding Controversial Form of Organ Donation

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Source: NPR Radio, March 28, 2012 A controversial organ donation technique places possible donors on a heart-lung machine called ECMO, before their hearts stop beating. In an interview with NPR radio, Scott Halpern comments on the ethical concerns surrounding this technique stating that “the problem is, it’s not at all clear that donors after circulatory determination of death are truly dead.”

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Peer Mentoring Particularly Effective in Minority Communities

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Source: NBC News – The Grio, March 27, 2012 Judith Long comments on her study that showed improved glucose control among African-American males through peer mentoring. She noted that “peer mentoring may be particularly effective in minority communities where there is a history of distrust in the system” and that “compared to whites, African-Americans are more likely to trust information from community contacts then they are from health care providers.”

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Future Outlook of Workplace Wellness Programs

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Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press, March 25, 2012, The Tennessean, January 12, 2012 In an interview regarding workplace wellness programs, Harald Schmidt offered that in order for a program to be truly effective, it needs to look at several factors including better health, cost savings and participation. He also commented that since programs are becoming more common, we ideally should expect to see health improvement and not just cost savings and improved productivity.  

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Peer Mentoring Improves Glucose Control for African American Veterans

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Source: Penn Medicine News, March 19, 2012; LDI Health Economist, March 20, 2012; New York Times, March 22, 2012 A study recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that peer mentoring improved diabetes control among African American Vets. Judith Long, Principal Investigator of the study, commented in a New York Times article that “peer mentoring is an inexpensive, easy and patient-centered way we doctors can support healthy behaviors outside of our offices.” Kevin Volpp adds that that their study “raises the possibility that a more informal, flexible means of providing one-on-one peer support through peer coaches or mentors could…

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Easier SNAP Payments Increase Fresh Produce Sales at Local Farmers’ Market

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Source: Science in Action, March 16, 2012 A study conducted at Clark Park Farmers’ Market by Alison Buttenheim collected SNAP (Food Stamp) payments through an easy electronic point-of-sale system. This easier method of payment increased fresh produce sales to SNAP recipients by 38 percent during the study; however, farmers’ markets would not be able to break even on sales if they paid the costs associated with this system. Buttenheim hopes this study will “inform policymakers about the specific mechanisms driving SNAP redemptions and about the need for subsidies for wireless POS technology at farmers’ markets.”

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Scarcity of Intensive Care Unit Beds and Patient Outcomes

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Source:  Reuters, March 15, 2012 Scott Halpern and colleague Jason Wagner commented in the Archives of Internal Medicine on a research study done in Canada that showed no difference in patient mortality rates among patients referred to a medical emergency team at three hospitals when intensive care units (ICUs) were full and had to turn some patients away than when they were not.  Overcrowding of ICUs with patients who do not need critical care is common, and, says Halpern, “it’s much easier to transfer a patient to an intensive care unit whether or not they will benefit from it than…

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