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February 17, 2017 News Headlines

Doctors are confused by living wills, study finds
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb.16, 2017
… The study, which was published Wednesday in the Journal of Patient Safety, was led by Ferdinando Mirarchi, an emergency physician at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hamot in Erie. …

Video Statements Aimed at Improving End-of-Life Care
Source: WICU-TV
February 16, 2017
… "I really would not want people to be hospitalized today, without MIDEO,” said medical director of UPMC Hamot’s Emergency Department Dr. Fred Mirarchi.  “Especially, if they have to have a living will or a serious medical condition." ...

Video messages clarify patients' wishes for critical versus end-of-life care
Source: Medical Xpress
February 16, 2017
… "Interpretation errors are common with living wills and POLST forms," commented Dr. Ferdinando L. Mirarchi of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hamot, in Erie, Pa., lead author of the new report. …

HIMSS17 groundrules and what we'll be watching
Source: Healthcare Dive
February 16, 2017
… The industry is maturing and learning to better leverage data in meaningful ways and I’ll be on the lookout for substance, and for real innovations that will stick and enable behavior change." - Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer at UPMC. …

Flu shot is 48 percent effective, CDC says
Source: Tribune-Review
February 16, 2017
… The vaccine is generally 50 percent to 60 percent effective, according to the CDC. “We'd like it to be a little higher,” said Dr. Richard Zimmerman, professor of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. …

8 Simple Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle
Source: Consumer Reports
February 16, 2017
… “When you are sleep-deprived, your body secretes high amounts of [the hormones] cortisol and insulin, both of which impact risk of heart disease,” explains Bruce Rabin, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Healthy Lifestyle Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

UPMC turns to artificial intelligence to ease doctor burnout
Source: Tribune-Review
February 16, 2017
UPMC and Microsoft plan to use artificial intelligence to try to reduce physician burnout, a condition that affects about half of doctors and might be playing a role in the quality of care patients receive. …

Microsoft and partners combine the cloud, AI, research and industry expertise to focus on transforming health care
Source: Microsoft Blog
February 16, 2017
… The first planned strategic research partnership for Microsoft’s Healthcare NExT initiative is with UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), one of the largest integrated health care delivery networks in the United States. …

UPMC and Microsoft Plan to Develop Innovations that Empower Patients, Clinicians
Source: Inside Life Changing Medicine
February 16, 2017
UPMC and Microsoft announced today that they plan to create a strategic research partnership to develop transformative solutions and technologies that will empower people to live healthier lives. …

UPMC, Microsoft partner to reduce physicians' electronic paperwork burden
Source: Becker’s Healthcare
February 16, 2017
UPMC and tech giant Microsoft have formed a multiyear partnership to reduce physicians' time completing EHR paperwork so they are able to spend more time with their patients, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. …

Microsoft to Apply AI, Cloud Innovations to Health Care IT Push
Source: eWeek
February 16, 2017
… University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Microsoft are about to embark on the first Healthcare NExT strategic research partnership, revealed Lee. …

Microsoft tries again to tackle healthcare with new services, tools
Source: ZDNet
February 16, 2017
… This time, it's via its new AI + Research Group's Healthcare NExT effort and in conjunction with various external partners like the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Microsoft Research vice president Peter Lee is heading up the new effort. …

Microsoft refocuses in healthcare, teams with UPMC on innovation
Source: MedCity News
February 16, 2017
… As its first partner in Healthcare NExT, Microsoft chose UPMC Enterprises, the innovation and commercialization arm of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

What goes on during a medical emergency on a flight
Source: (Australia)
February 17, 2017
… It’s a grim prospect, but people do die on flights. It doesn’t happen often: the University of Pittburgh study found only one-third of 1 per cent of mid-flight medical emergencies resulted in death. ...

3 Signs Your Anxiety Could Be Clouding Your Judgment
Source: Bustle
February 16, 2017
… Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that anxiety disrupts activity in the brain's prefrontal cortex, which plays a crucial role in executive functions such as long-term planning, calculating risk and reward consequences, regulating emotions, problem-solving, and decision-making. …

Oral PrEP Trumps Abnormal Vaginal Biota
Source: MedPage Today
February 16, 2017
… "Some people were concerned that if women had bacterial vaginosis – a condition shown to disrupt effectiveness of tenofovir-based vaginal gel -- that the presence of bacterial vaginosis might also affect oral tenofovir used in PrEP," explained Sharon Hillier, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

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