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Military, civilian collaboration may improve US trauma care
A report in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons said expanded collaboration between the Military Health System and civilian trauma institutions can help train military surgeons before they deploy and then use the lessons they learn on the battlefield to improve civilian trauma care. Colonel Frederick Lough, a physician at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, told a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the American College of Surgeons that battlefield techniques already are being used in civilian settings across the US. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (8/10)

Kan. hospital to hold "dress rehearsal" for staff of new ICU
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Kansas will hold a dress rehearsal for staff of its new, $23 million ICU, while other colleagues will volunteer to be patients during the practice run. "The ICU staff were involved in planning from the start, making recommendations for what they envisioned as better patient care," said Chief Operating Officer Wesley Hoyt. The Hutchinson News (Kan.) (8/12)

JUST score helps paramedics classify stroke patients
Medscape (free registration) (8/10)

Mayo Clinic leads US hospitals ranking
Mayo Clinic has topped the U.S. News & World Report's 2018-2019 Best Hospitals Honor Roll rankings for the third straight year. Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine rounded out the top five. HealthLeaders Media (8/14)

Ore. takes aim at violence against health care workers
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a new toolkit to help individual health care facilities create violence prevention programs to reduce incidents of violence against health care workers in the state. The Joint Commission identified the toolkit as a "recommended resource" on their website to make it available to hospitals and health providers nationwide. KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.) (8/8)

Study: Hospitals are years away from maximizing EHR functionality
Researchers who analyzed data from HIMSS Analytics' eight-stage EMR Adoption Model collected between 2006 and 2014 found that although the number of hospitals at stages 5 and 6 should peak by 2019 and 2026, respectively, the number of hospitals on Stage 7 will not peak by 2035. The findings in the Journal of Medical Internet Research indicated that "US hospitals are decades away from fully implementing sophisticated decision support applications and interoperability functionalities in EHRs," the authors wrote. Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (8/10)

Fla. hospital improves health care delivery with AI tools
St. Augustine, Fla.-based Flagler Hospital is using AI tools from IT vendor Ayasdi to improve the treatment of high-cost diseases, such as pneumonia and sepsis, and reduce health care expenditures. The AI tools also helped the hospital reduce its readmission rate from 2.9% to 0.4%. Healthcare IT News (8/13)

Experts tout benefits of blockchain technology use in patient matching
Healthcare IT News (8/13)

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