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No adverse events from MRI in patients with pacemakers and ICDs, study finds

The prospective, nonrandomized study included 1,509 patients who had a “legacy” pacemaker or ICD that did not meet FDA criteria to be MRI-conditional.

Adopting P4P early vs. late didn't affect hospitals' mortality rates

The observational study used Medicare claims and looked at clinical process scores and 30-day mortality in patients cared for at hospitals that voluntarily participated in pay-for-performance programs or those that later participated in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program.

Clinical decision support may be best strategy to reduce imaging for pulmonary embolism

In a systematic review of 17 studies, electronic clinical decision support was associated with a reduction in the use of imaging ranging between 8.3% and 25.4%, a rise in diagnostic yield of 3.4% to 4.4%, and an increase in appropriate ordering of 18% to 19%.

Machine learning model predicts sepsis in ICU patients up to 12 hours before diagnosis

The next step for the tool will be to have its clinical utility analyzed in a prospective study, with the goal of having patients treated with IV antibiotics, fluids, and other adjunct therapies according to a reliable estimate of how likely they are to develop sepsis in the near future, the authors said.

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