Tag Archives: Patient

ACOs lack data on patient social needs, community partners

Accountable care organizations have major challenges integrating social services with medical care, including a lack of data on their patients’ social needs and the capabilities of community partners. That’s the finding of a new study published in the journal Health Affairs, based on qualitative data from 22 ACOs. “The ACOs in our sample frequently lacked… Read More »

Accessing medical records improves patient care, but only 10% of patients do so

Despite the numerous benefits associated with patients accessing their medical records, a study published in Health Affairs found only 10% of patients utilize the resource. Researchers expected to find inequities in use and access — in theory, driven by existing digital disparities, those who don’t use English as a first-language or communities without access to… Read More »

McLaren Health Care reduces lab tests per patient per day by 5.6%, saving $383,000

Each year, health systems perform nearly 6 billion lab tests in the United States at an annual cost of almost $ 70 billion; approximately 30-50% of these tests are not medically necessary, according to the International Journal of Clinical Chemistry. THE PROBLEM Likewise, nearly 21 million blood products are transfused annually at a cost of… Read More »

Severely injured patient becomes first African American to receive full face transplant

A 68-year-old man from Los Angeles has made medical history by becoming the first African American to receive a full face transplant. In July, Robert Chelsea also became the oldest patient to undergo the surgery, which was performed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, NBC News reports. “May God bless the donor and his… Read More »