Population Health Management
Revenue Cycle / Finance
Population Health Management
Revenue Cycle / Finance
Cedars-Sinai Launches New Division of Population Sciences Research
The Cedars-Sinai Department of Biomedical Sciences has established a new division that is charged with developing a deeper understanding of the impact of social, behavioral and environmental risk factors on human diseases.
An AI Model Predicting Acute Kidney Injury Works, but Not Without Some Tweaking
In 2019, Google AI subsidiary DeepMind used a large dataset of patient records from the Veterans Health Administration to develop a predictive model for acute kidney injury—a potentially fatal condition whose prognosis improves the earlier a treatment intervention is administered. The DeepMind model purported to predict AKI 48 hours in advance, allowing ample lead time for clinicians to intervene and administer treatment.
Patients Undergoing Surgery For Cancer Face Higher Risk of Suicide
New research reveals elevated suicide rates among adults undergoing surgery for cancer, with half of the suicides occurring during the first three postoperative years. The work led by a team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a founding member of Mass General Brigham, published in JAMA Oncology, highlights the need for regular screening for distress and assessment for suicide among such patients.
Genetic Analysis of Blood Type May Increase Number of Kidney Transplant Matches
ABO blood-type compatibility between organ donors and recipients is crucial for safe transplantations. Across the different ABO blood groups, longer wait-times for a kidney transplant are often experienced by patients who have type B blood because it is a less common ABO blood type, resulting in fewer donors.
Mayo Clinic Researches Link Ovarian Cancer to Bacteria Colonization in Microbiome
A specific colonization of microbes in the reproductive tract is commonly found in women with ovarian cancer, according to a new study from Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine. The discovery, published in Scientific Reports, strengthens evidence that the bacterial component of the microbiome — a community of microorganisms that also consists of viruses, yeasts and fungi — is an important indicator for early detection, diagnosis and prognosis of ovarian cancer.
UVA Solves Mysteries about Leading Biomarker for Alzheimer’s
Tau protein is notorious for forming tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease and several other neurodegenerative disorders, and for helping to cause cognitive decline associated with those diseases. University of Virginia neuroscientists have revealed how a toxic form of tau spreads through the brain as the disease progresses, what provokes its accumulation and how it harms nerve cells called neurons. Scientists may be able to leverage these findings to develop new Alzheimer’s treatments that prevent or delay symptom onset, or slow disease progression once symptoms develop.
Common Brain Network for Psychiatric Illness Discovered
Psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and depression, affect nearly one in five adults in the United States and nearly half of patients diagnosed with a psychiatric illness also meet the criteria for a second. With so much overlap, researchers have begun to suspect that there may be one neurobiological explanation for a variety of psychiatric illnesses. A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, investigated four pre-existing, publicly available neurological and psychiatric datasets, and pinpointed a network of brain areas underlying psychiatric illnesses.
Machine Learning-Triggered Reminders Improve End-of-Life Care for Patients with Cancer
Electronic nudges delivered to healthcare clinicians based on a machine learning algorithm that predicts mortality risk quadrupled rates of conversations with patients about their end-of-life care preferences, according to the long-term results of a randomized clinical trial published by Penn Medicine investigators in JAMA Oncology. The study also found that the machine learning-triggered reminders significantly decreased use of aggressive chemotherapy and other systemic therapies at end of life, which research shows is associated with poor quality of life and side effects that can lead to unnecessary hospitalizations in their final days.
Key Change in Genetics of SARS-CoV-2 Evolved to Counter Weakness Caused by the Virus’ Initial Mutation that Enabled Its Spread
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say their new studies suggest that the first pandemic-accelerating mutation in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, evolved as a way to correct vulnerabilities caused by the mutation that started the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Vanderbilt Partnership to Advance Diversity of Genomic Data
Nashville Biosciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Illumina Inc., a provider of DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, announced an agreement with Amgen, a global biopharmaceutical company, to whole-genome sequence approximately 35,000 DNA samples.
Penn Medicine Invests in Future Nurses
Penn Medicine has partnered with the Howley Foundation and La Salle University to launch the ASPIRE Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), marking an important investment in the future of nursing. The high school and college program will support local high school students in Philadelphia with a goal of increasing diversity in health care and offering opportunities for economic mobility.
Augusta University Health System, Wellstar Health System Announce Intent for Statewide Healthcare Partnership in GA
Augusta University Health System (AUHS) has signed a letter of intent with Wellstar Health System to form an innovative new partnership that would expand Augusta University’s educational and research missions and allow Wellstar Health System to create a broader affiliation with the university’s Medical College of Georgia (MCG) as AUHS joins the Wellstar Health System.
Brain Flexibility Might Speed Up Hearing Improvements from Cochlear Implants
Kick-starting the brain’s natural ability to adjust to new circumstances, known as neuroplasticity, improves how effectively a cochlear implant can restore hearing loss, a new study in deaf rats shows. Researchers say the investigation may help explain why some implant recipients respond so much better to treatment than others.
Research Identifies Potential Genetic Cause for MIS-C Complication Following COVID-19 Infection
New research findings have revealed an underlying genetic cause for why some children who have had COVID-19 infection develop Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a rare but potentially life-threatening disease.
New University of Md. Institute Aims to Transform Medicine Using Big Data, AI
The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State announced a partnership to establish the University of Maryland 3 – Institute for Health Computing, which is being led by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, College Park, in collaboration with the University of Maryland Medical System and Montgomery County.
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