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How 3-D Printing Is Changing Health Care

Wall Street Journal: Before surgery on a rare tumor in a girl’s pelvis, Mayo Clinic printed a 3-D model of the girl’s pelvis, scaled to size and showing her bladder, veins, blood vessels, ureters and the tumor. Members of the medical team were able to hold the model in their hands, examine it and plot a surgical approach that would allow them to remove the entire tumor without taking her leg.


Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:


Main Line Health News

Pathway to Wellness conference

WebTV:  Konstadinos A. Plestis, MD, System Chief, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery – Lankenau Heart Institute, Main Line Health, was a speaker on men’s health at the United Nations event organized by UNSRC SaluS Well-Being Network Club.


More doctors are practicing past age 70. Is that safe for patients?

Philadelphia Inquirer: Main Line Health assesses doctors on a case-by-case basis, sending some to the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s LifeGuard assessment program, which tests about 25 physicians of various ages from throughout the country each year, usually because of a problem.


Beating the September Blues

Main Line Today: Dr. Paula Durlofsky, a psychologist affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center, the Women’s Resource Center in Wayne, and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, offers five tips to a better seasonal transition.


Hospitals Could Save $23 Billion Annually by Streamlining Supply Chain Operations, Product Use

NASDAQ: “The pressure on hospitals and health systems to reduce costs and maintain quality will only intensify, no matter the outcome of healthcare reform,” said Christine Torres, system VP of supply chain management for Philadelphia-based Main Line Health. “The supply chain represents close to a third of the average hospital’s overall operating expense, and it’s predicted to surpass labor as a hospital’s greatest expense by 2020.


HHS Secretary to visit Pa.

Times-Leader: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., will continue his listening tour to learn from those on the front lines battling the epidemic. Price will be in Pennsylvania on Friday with Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, to visit the Mirmont Treatment Center in the suburbs of Philadelphia.


100 hospital and health systems with great oncology programs | 2017

Becker’s Hospital Review:  On the list: Main Line Health’s cancer program is a National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program, giving the health system advanced access to clinical trials for new cancer treatments.


Game changers: Health Care Innovator & Extraordinary Doctor Awards

Philadelphia Business Journal: In this report, the Philadelphia Business Journal honors the companies leading innovation in the life sciences sector, along with the region’s “extraordinary” doctors. Among those named: Basil Leaf Technologies, led by Basil Harris, who in addition to serving as CEO and chief medical officer of Basil Leaf Technologies is also an ER physician at Lankanau Medical Center and the holder of a doctorate degree in engineering. (Subscription required; contact MLH campus Medical Library for full text.)


SEI Partners with Art Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital to Celebrate Artists With Disabilities

PR Newswire: Approximately 80 pieces, submitted by artists from around the world, are on display at SEI’s Oaks campus and available for purchase. The installation will continue through January of 2018.


The Inquirer’s Health Advisory Panel

Medical Health News: To provide timely, credible, in-depth resources to eat healthy, get fit, raise a family and be a smart health consumer, the Philadelphia Inquirer has a panel of experts from around the Philadelphia region, who include Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, MD, is the chief of pediatric emergency services at Bryn Mawr Hospital.



Regional Health Care News

Pediatrics unit at PMMC closing, low admissions numbers cited

Mercury: The hospital’s CEO said, “Pediatric patients will continue to be seen and cared for in our Emergency Department in collaboration with the pediatricians from Nemours-Dupont and, if admission is required, our patients will be appropriately transferred to an accepting pediatric facility. Outpatient pediatric surgeries will continue to be performed in our main Operating Room.”


Lehigh Valley Health Network forms medical institutes

Morning Call: Lehigh Valley Health Network is shifting to a more collaborative, research-focused approach to cancer, heart disease and surgery, with the formation of the LVHN Cancer Institute, Heart Institute and Institute of Special Surgery, LVHN announced.


Einstein signs joint venture deal with Solis Mammography

Philadelphia Business Journal: The organizations plan to open five breast imaging service centers beginning this fall. The first center will be at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton, Pa.


Temple scientists land $11.6M grant to explore heart repair & regeneration

Philadelphia Business Journal: The project, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH, is aimed at better understanding the regenerative capabilities of stem cell-derived microvesicles known as exosomes.


CHOP Connects With International Community On Pediatric Brain Tumor Research

KYW Newsradio: The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is supporting CHOP personnel and have connected them to a bank of research and data through the cloud.



Patient Care News…

11.8M people misused opioids in 2016: federal report

FierceHealthcare: Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said that the spread of the opioid crisis is slowing, but the intensity of use is increasing as more people use dangerous drugs like fentanyl or the synthetic carfentanil.


Lakeland Health touts patient monitoring system for cutting cardiac, respiratory arrests in half

Healthcare IT News: The Michigan health system has deployed the system at its three sites and has seen time savings for nurses, a reduction in transcription errors and improved quality of vital signs.


Clinical Drug Trials May Be Coming to Your Doctor’s Office

Wall Street Journal: Electronic medical records are becoming the technological building blocks of a new research model based on real-world evidence, which aims to provide insights regarding the usage and potential benefits or risks of a drug by analyzing patient data collected as part of routine delivery of care. (Subscription required; contact MLH campus Medical Library for full text.)


New Device Helps People Struggling To Fight Obesity, Diabetes

CBS3: The endobarrier is similar to gastric bypass but without invasive surgery. The plastic sleeve is inserted through the throat and into the small intestine, allowing food to pass through without being absorbed.


Cost is Top Reason for Not Filling a Medication Prescription

HealthLeaders Media: 97% of Americans who received a prescription for medication in the last 90 days filled it, according to the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll..


Quality and Safety News…

HHS launches campaign to educate patients about rights under HIPAA

Becker’s Hospital Review: Under the mottos “access to your health information is your right” and “information is powerful medicine,” the campaign highlights the importance of HIPAA and its mandate giving each patient the right to access and obtain copies of his or her health information.




Health Care Business News…

Specialty practices way behind on MACRA readiness, survey shows

Healthcare Finance: A new survey from technology provider Integra Connect has found that a majority of specialty physicians have yet to make the necessary organizational, IT, or service investments to achieve success under MACRA success.


Experts agree on HITECH’s value but diverge on ONC’s new role in enhancing interoperability

FierceHealthcare: Experts concede that the industry is facing entirely new challenges when it comes to EHR usability and interoperability. And the federal government’s role in that next step varies depending on who you ask.

Most patients want to know costs, financing options before treatment

Healthcare Dive: 40% of millennials said they would be very likely or likely to switch providers if a competitor offered low- or zero-interest financing for medical bills.


Hurricane Harvey No Match for Health IT

HealthLeaders Media: Electronic communications and cloud-based tools helped healthcare providers in Texas deliver patient care before, during, and after the storm.


Yet another study highlights EHR burden on physicians

Healthcare Dive: Primary care doctors reported spending more than half their day dealing with electronic health record-related tasks.


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