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ACC CV Quality SmartBrief

The ACC CV Quality SmartBrief eNewsletter is a free, twice-weekly briefing for health care stakeholders interested in quality care. Learn more about the ACC CV Quality SmartBrief and subscribe.

  • Hospitals steadily improve on quality scores

    The quality of hospital care steadily improved in the eyes of patients from 2013 to 2016, according to health care analytics and consulting firm Press Ganey. Health care providers made improvements on nearly all Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems metrics from 2015 to 2016, and patients' perceptions of nurse courtesy and teamwork were among the primary drivers of satisfaction. HealthLeaders Media (7/25) Learn More

  • Research groups call for end to disparities in cancer outcomes

    The American Association for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the National Cancer Institute published consensus statements in Cancer Research and the Journal of Clinical Oncology calling for united, collaborative research into disparities in cancer outcomes. The organizations identified the most important research needs for reducing disparities, including disparities in incidence and survival, and suggested ways to meet those needs. Medscape (free registration) (7/26) Learn More

  • Intensive courses during 4th year might improve residency performance

    Fourth-year students in internal medicine who took "intensive" courses may perform better during their first year of residency than their peers who receive standard training, according to a study published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Researchers also found that residency scores improved on measurements of success for each additional intensive course taken in the fourth year of medical school. HealthLeaders Media (7/24) Learn More

  • HHS releases updated HIPAA breach reporting tool

    The HHS updated its HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool to help educate the health care industry about types of data breaches and how they can be resolved, according to the HHS Office for Civil Rights. "The HBRT provides transparency to the public and organizations covered by HIPAA and helps highlight the importance of safeguards to protect the privacy and security of sensitive health care information," OCR stated. Health IT Security (7/25) Learn More

  • Researchers examine patients' views on using OpenNotes

    A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research shows that 98.5% of patients whose providers adopt OpenNotes found value in using the reporting tool. Researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that patients use OpenNotes to access test results more quickly, share information with care partners, confirm and remember next steps and ensure confidence in their care plan. Becker's Health IT & CIO Review (7/24) Learn More

  • Hands-only CPR training kiosks teach travelers life-saving skill

    The American Heart Association and Anthem Foundation are working to educate flyers on how to perform hands-only CPR by installing training kiosks at three airports: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Florida's Orlando International Airport. The kiosks feature rubber practice mannequins and give users feedback on their techniques. MedCity News (7/24) Learn More

  • Little robots can swim through viscous liquids like blood

    Tiny magnetic robots can swim the front crawl through viscous liquids such as blood and may one day deliver medicine by swimming through a person's veins, according to findings published in Nano Letters. The so-called nanoswimmers are just 5 micrometers, or 0.0002 of an inch, long with a body flanked by a pair of magnetic nickel arms. New Scientist (free content) (7/24) Learn More