Researchers Find an Innovative Way to Reduce Surgical Site Infections

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin have found that an innovative protocol called the Electronic Patient Alert System (EAS) significantly improves patient compliance with a preadmission showering protocol. The pre-surgery antiseptic shower is known to reduce the risk of surgical site infections (SSIs).

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[Infographic] How Android is Transforming the Healthcare Industry

Android technology is transforming the medical industry via three key trends:

  • Tablet and smartphone apps that aid patient entertainment, education, fitness, and learning
  • Applications that communicate information about a patient to a medical professional
  • Medical devices that use an android operating system

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FDA Approves Lipiodol® (Ethiodized Oil) Injection for Imaging of Tumors in Adults with Known Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)

Guerbet announced today that the FDA approved Lipiodol (Ethiodized Oil) injections for the purpose of imaging tumors in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HCC is the most common primary liver tumor. It is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. An estimated 35,000 patients are affected in the United States each year.

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Public Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees More Likely to Use Higher-Cost Specialty Drugs

According to an analysis by Express Scripts of 650,000 pharmacy claims from January and February 2014, patients enrolled in Public Health Insurance Exchange plans are 47% more likely to use costly specialty drugs when compared with patients enrolled in commercial health plans.

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