Those who suffer a head injury requiring an ambulance should be immediately taken to a hospital for a CT scan, according to draft guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, an organization sponsored by the U.K. Department of Health that provides public health guidance.

In a recent unscientific survey conducted by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine and Brad Levin, MBA, general manager, North America, Visage Imaging, respondents indicated that current imaging IT leaves much room for improvement.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., are working on an image-guided process for removing clots after intracerebral hemorrhage. However, rather than rely on an expert surgeon to conduct the challenging procedure, the researchers are leveraging the steady hand of a robot.

Last month, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) demonstrated how radium-223 could reduce the risk of death in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer by targeting bone metastases, a common complication.

As Congress went to recess last week, one item of business left unfinished was an extension of the Federal Helium Reserve  program, a reservoir of the gas that accounts for 40 percent of the U.S. consumption, according to the Washington Post.

The Obama administration hyped healthcare spending rates for the last 12 months, noting that the increase is the lowest in the last 50 years. Hospital readmissions dropped as well, and the growth rate for premiums on employer-sponsored plans was clipped at 3 percent. In addition, price tags on state-sponsored health insurance rates are coming in well below projections in many states. Read more at the link below.

In the Tour de France, every minute matters. For riders who sustain what could be a serious injury, the only way to be evaluated and cleared to continue riding would be to travel off-site to a hospital.

Legislation recently drafted by a bipartisan group of Congressmen aims to reduce doctor payments by reevaluating the current pricing system used by Medicare and most private insurers, according to a report from the Washington Post.

With $1 billion in payments on the line, hospitals are homing in on patient satisfaction. They are hiring chief patient satisfaction officers and patient navigators and tapping into volunteers to check on patient needs. Other strategies include “yacker trackers” to hush noisy nurses and yoga for patients and staff.

In the rush to leverage IT and master EHRs, physicians may be overlooking the basics of patient care, Meryl Bloomrosen, MBA, American Medical Informatics Association vice president for policy, contends in a blog post.

As neuroimaging research continues to push the boundaries on early Alzheimer’s disease detection, some experts are finding the patient knows best.

Four trends will converge and shape the future of healthcare in the U.S. RAND Corporation Chair in Policy Analysis Arthur Kellerman, MD, outlined the issues—healthcare reform, information asymmetry, cost-sharing and innovation—in a Health Affairs blog.