AMA Expresses Concerns Over ONC Departures
The American Medical Association voiced concerns over the fact that in addition to the departure of Karen. B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, several other senior staff have recently left the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Merck's Rapid Strides With Pembrolizumab
Today, Merck announced that Keytruda has been granted breakthrough therapy designation for treating patients with epidermal growth factor receptor mutation-negative and anaplastic lymphoma kinase rearrangement-negative non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Breakthrough Designation for Merck's Keytruda in NSCLC
Recently approved as second-line treatment of metastatic melanoma, following resistance to ipilimumab, the FDA has now designated Keytruda as breakthrough therapy to treat EGFR-mutation and ALK-rearrangement negative NSCLC patients who have pr0gressed following platinum-based therapy.
EHRs Increase Administrative Work for Physicians
Electronic health records could actually increase the physicians’ bureaucratic burdens, which already consume one-sixth of their time, according to a study by City University of New York professors.
Hospital Consolidation Is Increasing Patient Costs
Hospital consolidation for the purpose of improving patient care coordination and reducing cost of care is backfiring, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
New Guiding Principles for Patient-Centered Care
Patient-centered care has been getting a lot of attention as the healthcare industry focuses on the Triple Aim of delivering better health outcomes, improving patient experience, and reducing the cost of care. In that vein, the Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation recently released 6 guiding principles of patient-centered care.