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Registered nurses are delaying retirement, a shift that has contributed to recent growth in the nurse workforce

By By David I. Auerbach, Peter I. Buerhaus, and Douglas O. Staiger Health Affairs July 16, 2014

The size of the registered nurse (RN) workforce has surpassed forecasts from a decade ago, growing to 2.7 million in 2012 instead of peaking at 2.2 million. Much of the difference is the result of a surge in new nursing graduates. However, the size of the RN workforce is particularly ...

U.S. News ranks UC Davis Medical Center programs among the nation's best

By Carole Gan UC Davis Health System, Public Affairs July 15, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2014-15 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, released July 15, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries ...

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You've been discharged. Now what?

By Lisa Esposito U.S. News and World Report July 15, 2014

Most people leave the hospital with absolutely no desire to return. But many U.S. patients come back all too soon as their at-home recoveries unravel. So who’s responsible for these expensive, unwanted readmissions?

In the past, the onus was put on patients: They were "noncompliant" – not taking their medications, flouting ...

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12 questions to ask before discharge

By Lisa Esposito US News and World Report July 15, 2014

Asking now might keep you from coming back later.

The medical team just made rounds and the news is good: You’re ready to go home. Or are you? At some point during your hospital stay – well before you’re being wheeled out the door – here’s what you should ask ...

Tiniest Catch: UA scientists' fishing expedition reveals viral diversity in the sea

By Daniel Stolte UA News July 14, 2014

A fishing expedition of microscopic proportions led by University of Arizona ecologists revealed that the lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than previously thought.

Using lab-cultured bacteria as "bait," a team of scientists led by Matthew Sullivan has sequenced complete and partial genomes of about 10 million ...

New research finds ocean's most abundant organisms have clear daily cycles

By Talia S Ogliore University of Hawaii Manoa July 10, 2014

Imagine the open ocean as a microbial megacity, teeming with life too small to be seen. In every drop of water, hundreds of types of bacteria can be found. Now scientists have discovered that communities of these ocean microbes have their own daily cycles—not unlike the residents of a bustling ...

The impact of big data on health care: Health Affairs' July issue

July 8, 2014
Bethesda, MD- Health Affairs explores the promise of big data in improving health care effectiveness and efficiency in its July issue. Many articles examine the potential of approaches such as predictive analytics and address the unavoidable privacy implications of collecting, storing, and interpreting massive amounts of health information.

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Implementing electronic health care predictive analytics: considerations and challenges

By Ruben Amarasingham, Rachel E. Patzer, Marco Huesch, Nam Q. Nguyen, and Bin Mie Health Affairs July 8, 2014
The use of predictive modeling for real-time clinical decision making is increasingly recognized as a way to achieve the Triple Aim of improving outcomes, enhancing patients’ experiences, and health care costs. The development and validation of predictive models for clinical practice is only the initial step in the journey toward mainstream ...

Big data in health care: using analytics to identify and manage high-risk and high-cost patients

By David W. Bates, Suchi Saria, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Anand Shah, and Gabriel Escobar Health Affairs July 8, 2014

The US health care system is rapidly adopting electronic health records, which will dramatically increase the quantity of clinical data that are available electronically. Simultaneously, rapid progress has been made in clinical analytics—techniques for analyzing large quantities of data and gleaning new insights from that analysis—which is part of what ...

The legal and ethical concerns that arise from using complex predictive analytics in health care

By I. Glenn Cohen, Ruben Amarasingham, Anand Shah, Bin Xie, and Bernard Lo Health Affairs July 8, 2014

Predictive analytics, or the use of electronic algorithms to forecast future events in real time, makes it possible to harness the power of big data to improve the health of patients and lower the cost of health care. However, this opportunity raises policy, ethical, and legal challenges. In this article ...