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Original Research

Holly Miller, MD
The document “Feature and Function Recommendations To Optimize Clinician Usability of Direct Interoperability To Enhance Patient Care” offers recommendations from the clinician point of view. Widespread adoption of even a few of these recommendations by designers and vendors would greatly enhance care.
Patrick Kearns, MD, FACP
Studies comparing team care of diabetes with traditional care should be redesigned, say researchers. “In order for redesign studies to support generalization of their findings, methodology should include a randomized, controlled study design with intention-to-treat analysis,” the study states.
Ray D. Page, DO, PhD
Accurate prognostic estimates can predict and document expected response to treatment, avoid ineffective and costly overtreatment, and facilitate meaningful discussions with lung cancer patients about the timing of best supportive care and hospice care when appropriate, thereby improving cancer care planning and quality scores.
Michael P. Johnson, MS
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder affecting the brain and other vital organs with varying symptoms and severity among patients. This study developed and validated a risk model to identify patients with TSC using large databases of medical and pharmacy claims.
Brooke Roeper, MSPH, MS
One in five elderly patients returns to the hospital within 30 days of leaving. These rehospitalizations are a common and costly occurrence. A program developed to address problems in post-acute transitional care seems to be effective in reducing 30-day readmission rates for some Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.
Jennifer Jones, MD, FRCPC
Patients have a positive experience with IV infusions of infliximab within the BioAdvance PSP. The personnel and services associated with the program appear to be helpful to, and valued by, patients. The services enhance the overall treatment experience and potentially improve adherence and long-term health outcomes.
Sze-jung Wu, PhD
Value-based centers of excellence programs offer an advance over programs that focus only on cost or quality alone in the ability to identify facilities with lower costs and equal or better quality outcomes. Value designation offers patients transparency for selecting care providers.
Kathryn Fitch, RN, MEd
Inpatient open hysterectomies have statistically significantly higher average allowed costs than outpatient laparoscopic, laparoscopic assisted, and vaginal hysterectomies and statistically significantly higher readmission rates than outpatient laparoscopic and laparoscopic-assisted hysterectomies.