New AHRQ Views Blog Posts

Issue 601
AHRQ News Now is a weekly newsletter that highlights agency research and program activities.
February 6, 2018

AHRQ Stats: Atrial Fibrillation Hospitalization Rate Rises for Americans Under 65

Hospital stays involving atrial fibrillation increased more than 50 percent for Americans age 18 to 64 from 1998 to 2014. Rates have stabilized in recent years for those age 65 and older. (Source: AHRQ, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #236: Inpatient Stays Involving Atrial Fibrillation, 1998-2014.)

Today's Headlines:

New AHRQ Views Blog Posts

Innovation and the Search for Health Care's Tipping Point
AHRQ Deputy Director Sharon B. Arnold, Ph.D., asks how radical change can become a certainty, and encourages the reading of articles published today in Health Affairs. The journal's theme issue about diffusion of innovation, which includes articles sponsored by AHRQ, examines factors that can speed up the adoption of new evidence and innovative health care solutions to improve delivery of care. Dr. Arnold also highlights AHRQ's EvidenceNOW program, the agency's Learning Collaboratives, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Dissemination and Implementation Initiative.

Embracing Evidence as a Central Strategy to Tackling Childhood Mental Illness
Stephanie Chang, M.D., M.P.H., director of AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Center Program, highlights the agency's ongoing efforts to support evidence-based treatment approaches for children with mental illnesses. Four evidence reviews authored by AHRQ-funded scientific teams assess the evidence on topics such as the use of antipsychotic drugs in the treatment of children and treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

Study: Ambulatory Care Practices Underuse Health Information Technology

Ambulatory care practices are not utilizing many functions available with health information technology (IT), according to new AHRQ-funded research. The study, published in The American Journal of Managed Care and based on 2014 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics survey data, was developed to measure the levels of implementation and use of health IT among ambulatory care practices. Researchers found that as of 2014, 73 percent of practices were not using electronic health record (EHR) technologies to their full capability. Nearly 40 percent of the surveyed practices made minimal or no use of health IT. Researchers said that underuse of health IT in ambulatory care could affect a health system's ability to provide coordinated and efficient care. The authors concluded that efforts to increase the use of health IT functionalities should focus on practices that are small, located in nonmetropolitan areas and provide specialty care. Access the abstract.

Algorithm Developed To Identify Delayed Notifications on Abnormal Mammograms

An AHRQ-funded research team developed an algorithm that identified patients who received delayed notifications about abnormal mammograms. The research team used 2010–2015 electronic health record data from about 365,000 patients treated in a network of seven health care facilities. Of 2,129 patients with abnormal mammograms, 552 experienced delayed notifications. The researchers estimated their algorithm would identify 72 patients experiencing notification delays each year across the seven facilities. Access the abstract for the study, which was published in the Journal of The American College of Radiology.

Highlights From AHRQ's Patient Safety Network

AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) highlights journal articles, books and tools related to patient safety. Articles featured this week include:

Review additional new publications in PSNet's current issue or access recent cases and commentaries in AHRQ's WebM&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web).  

AHRQ Solicits Nominations for Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Article of the Year

Nominations are being accepted through March 9 for the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Outstanding Article of the Year Award. The best peer-reviewed research article conducted using the HCUP databases in the clinical and health policy arenas will be selected by AHRQ and our partner, AcademyHealth. The research continues to enhance public understanding of health care costs, outcomes and trends. Visit the HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Web site to learn more.

Register Now for AHRQ Webinar on TeamSTEPPS® for Office-Based Care

Registration is open for a no-cost webinar on March 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to introduce the agency's online course, TeamSTEPPS® for Office-Based Care. Presenters will discuss how the TeamSTEPPS course can help health care professionals enhance team knowledge and performance in an office setting through increased communication and teamwork.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Epidemiology of ACE inhibitor angioedema utilizing a large electronic health record. Banerji A, Blumenthal KG, Lai KH, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2017 May-Jun;5(3):744-9. Epub 2017 Apr 1. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Surgical site infections: volume-outcome relationship and year-to-year stability of performance rankings. Calderwood MS, Kleinman K, Huang SS, et al. Med Care 2017 Jan;55(1):79-85. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

When personal tracking becomes social: examining the use of Instagram for healthy eating. Chung CF, Agapie E, Schroeder J, et al. Proc SIGCHI Conf Hum Factor Comput Syst 2017 May 2;2017:1674-87. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Emergency medical services (EMS) versus non-EMS transport among injured children in the United States. Corrado MM, Shi J, Wheeler KK, et al. Am J Emerg Med 2017 Mar;35(3):475-8. Epub 2016 Nov 30. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Associations between hospital characteristics, measure reporting, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. DeLancey JO, Softcheck J, Chung JW, et al. JAMA 2017 May 16;317(19):2015-7. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Examining menstrual tracking to inform the design of personal informatics tools. Epstein DA, Lee NB, Kang JH, et al. Proc SIGCHI Conf Hum Factor Comput Syst 2017 May 2;2017:6876-88. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Management of hypertension in primary care safety-net clinics in the United States: a comparison of community health centers and private physicians' offices. Fontil V, Bibbins-Domingo K, Nguyen OK, et al. Health Serv Res 2017 Apr;52(2):807-25. Epub 2016 Jun 10. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Effectiveness of screening colonoscopy to prevent colorectal cancer among Medicare beneficiaries aged 70 to 79 years: a prospective observational study. García-Albéniz X, Hsu J, Bretthauer M, et al. Ann Intern Med 2017 Jan 3;166(1):18-26. Epub 2016 Sep 27. Access the abstract on PubMed®.


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