Review of Recent Studies Shows Predominantly Positive Results for Health Information Technology
Using methods that were employed by two previous independent reviews, a new study finds that 92 percent of articles on HIT reached conclusions that showed overall positive effects of HIT on key aspects of care including quality and efficiency of health care.
NIH Urges—Be Kind to Your Kidneys!
On World Kidney Day, the director of the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases asks people to consider the link between kidney disease and heart disease, and what they can do to protect kidney health.
ONC Updates Meaningful Use FAQ
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has updated its listing of most frequently asked questions regarding meaningful use regulations.
Blumenthal: Stage 2 Meaningful Use on Track
As concerns about the preliminary Stage 2 meaningful use criteria mount and the search for his replacement continues, Blumenthal remains steadfast in the direction and focus of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).
Will Nephrology Jump on the iPad Bandwagon?
Are tablet computers just a fad or do they have a future with renal professionals? Renal Business Today’s editor explores the possibility of more nephrologists adopting an iPad in this blog post.
Depression May Increase the Risk of Kidney Failure
Depression is associated with an increased risk of developing kidney failure in the future, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN).
Blood Pressure Drug Delays Kidney Disease in Diabetics
A drug normally used to lower blood pressure may also help protect the kidneys of people with type 2 diabetes, researchers are reporting with a caveat—more patients in the treatment group had fatal cardiovascular events compared to those in the placebo group.
How Not to Assign Kidneys
The United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit group that manages the nation’s organ transplant system, wants to change the system for allocating kidneys from deceased donors. Opponents suggest that the proposal is flawed.
Rising Calls to Replace Top Man at Medicare
Members of Congress have urged the Obama administration to search for another Medicare chief after concluding that the Senate is unlikely to confirm President Obama’s temporary appointee, Dr. Donald Berwick. Dr. Berwick’s principal deputy, Marilyn B. Tavenner, has emerged as a candidate to succeed him.