In Case You Missed It: New and Noteworthy This Week

This weekly blog series is a roundup of recent news items and developments that I found interesting and would like to share.

Please see this valuable survey of the European Union countries’ readiness and acceptance of mobile health. EU Countries’ mHealth App Market Ranking 2015

Please see this interesting workshop sponsored by the Institue of Medicine on a very important topic, the integration of healthcare services and public health. Collaboration Between Healthcare and Public Health: Workshop Summary

See this Institue of Medicine Report on Nashville, Tennessee. It summarizes how business engagement can improve community health. A New Model for Private Sector Partnerships to Improve Economic Well Being and Community Outcomes 

Here is an excellent summary of the US Precision Medicine program. In my opinion, the name and program represents a hope more than a reality that medicine can be precise. There are real advances, but they are limited for now to a few special cases, mostly cancer. FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Can Medicare Be a Vehicle for Improving Coverage for Long Term Care Services and Supports?

Storing and Interpreting Genomic Information in Widely Deployed Electronic Health Record Systems

Please see this new report from the Institute of Medicine on timeliness of provision of medical care. The report was commissioned to address the  well publicized issues with the Veterans Administration. The report recommends changes that might be helpful throughout the medical system. Transforming Healthcare Scheduling and Access: Getting to Now

Daily Antiseptic Bathing Cut Blood Infection in Pediatric Patients by Half

This is a valuable and timely report from the Institute of Medicine on strategies to improve the survival of cardiac arrest events. Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act