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2013-04-16 19:30:36

William M. Tierney, M.D. focuses on the potential of electronic medical systems and computer-based decision support to control healthcare costs in "Controlling costs with computer-based decision support: a hammer, a scalpel or an illusion?" published online in JAMA Internal Medicine on April 15. Dr. Tierney is president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, associate dean for clinical effectiveness research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, chief of medicine for...

2013-02-21 10:48:55

Advances in electronic medical record systems and health information exchange are shifting efforts in public health toward greater use of information systems to automate disease surveillance, but a study from the Regenstrief Institute has found that these technologies' capabilities are underutilized by those on the front lines of preventing and reporting infections. The new study measured the awareness, adoption and use of electronic medical record systems and health information exchange...

2012-09-18 22:49:51

Delirium, a common acute condition with significant short- and long-term effects on cognition and function, should be identified as an indicator of poor long-term prognosis, prompting immediate and effective management strategies, according to the authors of a new systematic evidence review. "Delirium is extremely common among older adults in intensive care units and is not uncommon in other hospital units and in nursing homes, but too often it's ignored or accepted as inevitable. Delirium...

2012-04-16 22:15:18

Researchers from Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute have developed an automated system to help enable pediatricians to focus on the specific health needs of each patient in the short time allotted for preventive care. A new study, "Automated Primary Care Screening in Pediatric Waiting Rooms," in the May 2012 issue of Pediatrics found that by personalizing and automating the patient screening process and then alerting the physician to positive results of risk factors, the...

2012-03-29 21:40:45

A study by Regenstrief Institute and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs investigators provides the first in-depth look at how health care providers react to medication alerts generated by electronic medical record systems. The researchers plan to use this information to improve the design of medication alerts and diminish the phenomenon known as alert fatigue, where providers can become desensitized and may start unintentionally ignoring some important warnings. For this study, the...

2012-01-05 15:10:29

Although personal health records are now securely accessible online to a large and growing number of individuals, little research has been conducted on opinions about their ease of use. A new study recruited patients into a human-computer interaction laboratory to determine the user experience for several popular functions of the Department of Veterans Affairs' My HealtheVet, the most widely disseminated personal health record system in the United States. The study appears in a supplement...

2011-12-20 18:06:18

Numbers challenge premises upon which health information exchange policy and technology have been based The first study to examine patterns of emergency care for an entire state has found that 40 percent of emergency department visits in Indiana over a three-year period were by patients who visited more than one emergency department. This finding challenges conventional wisdom that patients are tightly bound to health care systems and tend to repeatedly visit local facilities. The...

2011-11-21 11:38:53

The scoring system government agencies use to rate nursing home quality does not provide an adequate evaluation because they do not take into account the degree of cognitive impairment of their patient populations and whether facilities include a specialized dementia unit according to a new study. Focusing on statistics from Minnesota, researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute report on the inadequacy of quality of care indicators for nursing home...

2011-11-17 15:32:45

Important clues to the prevention and management of delirium, a condition affecting an estimated 7 million hospitalized Americans, are being ignored, according to a study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine. The investigators conducted a systematic review of research on biomarkers linked to delirium and report that clinicians and researchers are not routinely using these chemical indicators found in the blood as tools to diagnose patients with...

Overweight Kids Have Greater Risk Of High Blood Pressure
2011-10-04 05:20:29

Overweight or obese kids are at three times greater risk for high blood pressure compared with children of normal weight, according to researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine. The four and a half year study of 1,111 healthy Indiana school children revealed that when the children's body mass index (BMI) reached or passed the 85th percentile, the adiposity effect on blood pressure was more than four times that of normal weight children. Adiposity...