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Hospital ICUs mine big data in push for better outcomes

By Laura Landro The Wall Street Journal June 29, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantees Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine speak with Laura Landro of The Wall Street Journal about their work to help health care professionals and patients achieve better outcomes through the use of data.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in partnership with integrated-systems scientists from ...

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Hospitals turn to big data to identify risks in the ICU

By Zack Budryk FierceHealthcare June 29, 2015
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Two academic medical centers, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine, are using big data to identify potential harms and minimize risk for patients in the intensive care unit. Reporter, Zack Budryk, from FierceHealthcare writes about their work stemming from an article in The Wall Street Journal.

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Polar scientists peer beneath largest ice shelf

By Eric Hand Science Magazine June 25, 2015
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Keeping its ice sheets from sliding into the sea, the Ross Ice Shelf is the largest, yet least studied, barrier ​surrounding Antarctica. Foundation grantee Robin Bell and her colleagues are investigating the shape of the sea floor beneath the Ross with an ultrasensitive airborne gravity detector, which detects tiny changes in ...

Physicists fine tune control of agile exotic materials

By Susan Brown University of California, San Diego June 23, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantee Dimitri Basov and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego have found a new way to control light in crystalline materials using polaritons, which are hybrid particles that form when infrared or visible-frequency light is coupled with electric or magnetic waves. 

The team's technique is particularly powerful because these ...

Care managers supported by informatics improve patient care

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The latest issue of Health Care Innovations Exchange, an online resource from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, features Moore Foundation grantee, David Dorr, MD, and the results of a seven-clinic pilot test of his Care Management Plus program. The program seeks to improve the delivery ...

El Camino Hospital receives prestigious Magnet Recognition® for third time

El Camino Hospital June 18, 2015
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For the third consecutive time, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grantee El Camino Hospital received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations for nursing excellence, quality patient care and innovations in professional nursing practice. Only six percent of all U.S. ...

The neglected preventable harms in health care: dignity and respect

By Lauge Sokol-Hessner, Patricia Henry Folcarelli, Kenneth E F Sands BMJ Quality & Safety Journal June 17, 2015
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Imagine you’ve been admitted to the hospital for a necessary procedure stemming from a cancerous tumor. You place a call to your oncologist to discuss the complication you’re having but he isn’t available. Someone who is covering for the physician tries to step in and help but in doing so ...

What US hospitals have to say about patient and family engagement

By Jeph Herrin, Kathleen G. Harris, Kevin Kenward, Stephen Hines, Maulik S. Joshi and Dominick L. Frosch BMJ Quality & Safety June 17, 2015
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Health Research & Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, conducted a first-of-its-kind survey of more than 1,400 hospitals across the country to uncover how ​each practices patient and family engagement. Their findings, published today in the BMJ Quality & Safety Journal, indicate, not surprisingly, that there is a large ...

Plants make big decisions with microscopic cellular competition

By James Urton University of Washington June 17, 2015
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Moore Foundation investigator Keiko Torii and colleagues at the University of Washington have shown how plants organize cellular structures on their surface. These findings illuminate cellular mechanisms to detect and process messages — including conflicting signals — from the outside world.

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Healthcare big data analytics plays critical role in quality

By Jennifer Bresnick HealthIT Analytics June 11, 2015
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Big data is all around us but for the health care industry, extracting meaningful, actionable insights from it remains a challenge. Yet, according to a new white paper, "Data for Systematic Improvement," from the National Quality Forum, the insights from a wealth of raw information are key to improving the ...

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