Results from TAVR Clinical Trial Show Positive Outcomes for Patients in First 30 Days
The researchers from MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, led by Ron Waksman, MD, found, in their first-of-its-kind trial, that transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients with low surgical risk showed no deaths or disabling strokes within 30 days of undergoing the procedure. This is a “strong signal” that it is safe for these patients as an alternative to the current standard of care.
Creating a Safer EHR: MedStar Collaborates to Provide Best Practices
A new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, and the American Medical Association drafts a framework of recommendations for improvements in the usability and safety of electronic health records (EHRs). The report includes suggested best practices for development and implementation of EHRs.
Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act Did Not Increase Access to Complex Surgeries for Low Income Patients
Researchers from MedStar-Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center, under senior investigator, Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD, FACS, found that the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion did not increase use of complex surgical procedures at high volume hospitals for low-income/minority patients. Al- Refaie and his collaborators have proposed a number of concerns that may have an effect on vulnerable populations being able to benefit from complex surgical care at high volume hospitals.
Electronic Health Records Present Unique Usability and Safety Challenges for Pediatric Populations
Raj M. Ratwani, PhD, in collaboration with other researchers, has identified five recommendations to the federal government in developing a certification program for electronic health records that will aid in addressing challenges clinicians face when providing pediatric patient care. The study team hopes that their efforts will improve safer and high-quality care for the pediatric population when relying on electronic health records.