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Rankings by Specialty
U.S. News Best Hospitals 2012-13
U.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for approximately 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered. Only 148 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties. The Honor Roll features the 17 that scored near the top in at least six specialties.
The methodology behind the 2012-13 Best Hospitals national rankings is also used to recognize Best Regional Hospitals. The national rankings encompass 16 medical specialties, and up to 50 hospitals (infrequently 51 or 52 in the event of ties) are ranked in each specialty. Additional hospitals in a specialty are recognized as high-performing. Hospitals that are either nationally ranked or high-performing in at least one specialty are recognized as Best Regional Hospitals.
The 156 hospitals listed here have met three challenging standards that put them in the vanguard of centers leading medicine into the era of electronic medical records (EMRs).Each is distinguished by having captured a national ranking in 2012-13 U.S. News Best Hospitals and/or Best Children’s Hospitals or by having earned the designation of “high-performing” in one or more medical specialties. And each hospital, or one or more of its major units--such as a children’s hospital within the larger institution--is a leader in moving to electronic medical records.
The determination of which hospitals are leaders in EMR use was based on two criteria: By July 10, a hospital had to have met U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requirements for achieving “meaningful use” of an EMR system suitable for e-prescribing, exchanging medical records, supplying medical data to patients, and providing data for monitoring clinical quality. A hospital also had to meet strict criteria for EMR use set by HIMSS Analytics, a division of the not-for-profit Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society that analyzes use of health information technology.
'Gallbladder Disease-Causes & New Surgical Treatment Options' presented at Burnam Brook
Posted: July 24, 2012
If you have ever had a gallbladder attack, you know what pain really is. That's why gallbladder removal is performed on nearly one million Americans every year making it a fairly common procedure. Now there is a new surgery technique that uses one simple incision, often made around the belly button to reduce the appearance of a scar.
Kerri Murray, MD, FACS, a general surgeon with the Bronson Medical Group-Battle Creek is one of only two area surgeons who performs this unique robotic procedure. She will present 'Gallbladder Disease-Causes & New Surgical Treatment Options' on Wednesday, August 8 at Burnham Brook. Dr. Murray will discuss how certain foods and lifestyle can aggravate or cause gallbladder issues and how a new computer-assisted robotic, single-site surgical procedure can provide multiple patient benefits.
The program, which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek. A lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Murray's presentation at noon.
Seating is limited. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event by calling the seminar registration line at 877-462-2247
Federal Panel to Consider Consolidation of Lawsuits Involving da Vinci Surgical Robot Injuries, Pradaxa Bleeding Side Effects, and Fentanyl Patch Complications.
July 23, 2012
Attorneys Andres Alonso and David Krangle, founding partners of Alonso Krangle LLP, a national law firm focused on fighting for the rights of serious personal injury victims, report that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will meet on Thursday, July 26, 2012, to hear oral arguments regarding the establishment of multidistrict litigations for federal claims involving Pradaxa (dabigitran) lawsuits due to alleged bleeding side effects, da Vinci Surgical Robot lawsuits due to alleged injuries, and fentanyl pain patch lawsuits due to alleged complications caused by defective pain patches. According to a schedule issued by the Panel, oral arguments on these and other matters will commence at 9:30 a.m. at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom in Cleveland, Ohio. [jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Hearing%20Order-7-26-12.pdf]
All of the motions being considered involve allegations that individuals experienced severe and sometimes fatal injuries due to the use of the da Vinci Surgical Robot, the drug Pradaxa, and defective fentanyl pain patches. Multidistrict litigations are established when there exists a large number of claims involving similar allegations or facts. The process is designed to reduce duplicative discovery, eliminate contradictory pretrial rulings from different judges and to serve the convenience of the witnesses, the parties and the courts.....read more
Torbay Hospital 'robot' claims a world first
July 20, 2012
TORBAY Hospital has become the first place in the world to perform a major urology procedure known as nephroureterectomy in a day case.
The major procedure which involves the removal of a kidney as well as the entire ureter, a tube which leads from the kidney to the bladder, was carried out using the most advanced and innovative technology in the form of the Da Vinci Si Robot.
Dr Mary Stocker, Director of Day Surgery and Consultant Anaesthetist at South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “Having a dedicated day surgery unit, with highly trained staff and the very latest in robotic technology has all enabled us to carry out this complex procedure, and be the world’s first place to do so.
”Seamus MacDermott, Consultant Urologist at South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “A patient having this procedure in the more conventional way could expect to stay in hospital for about five days, so being able to carry out this procedure with the use of robotic technology and as a day case means that a patient can go home within just a few hours.
Robotically assisted surgery also means less discomfort for the patient, with minimal incisions, something which is very appealing to anyone who requires surgery.”The £1.5m Robot used to assist the world’s first day case nephroureterectomy was purchased by the Torbay Hospital League of Friends in 2009. The Trust currently carries out robotic surgery for gynaecology, urology and colorectal procedures......complete article
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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones recovering from prostate surgery
July 20, 2012
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is recovering after prostate surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital. The procedure is called a DaVinci robotic prostatectomy, according to a news release from the city of Charleston on Friday.
The surgery was performed on Friday morning by Dr. James Jensen. According to the news release, Jones was expected to spend Friday night in the hospital and could be released as soon as Saturday.
Jones was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2012. He issued the following statement about his situation:
"Since I have been in public life, I have never done anything that has generated the reaction that my cancer diagnosis has received. I would like to thank all of the people who have expressed their support, hopes and prayers for my situation. I have learned over the past two months that I am not unique. There are countless men who have prostate cancer and many more men and women who have many other types of cancer. I have been given a lot of advice as to what course to follow, and I decided to keep my treatment in West Virginia. Dr. Jensen has performed many robotic surgeries and is highly regarded in this field of medicine. I believe him to be among the best medical professionals available......read more
Mazor Robotics' Renaissance Technology Receives U.S. FDA Clearance for Brain Applications
July 16, 2012
Mazor Robotics Ltd. (tase:MZOR), a developer of innovative surgical robots and complementary products, today announced its Renaissance(TM) platform received U.S. FDA marketing clearance, expanding the applications of the Renaissance system to include the precise positioning of surgical instruments and implants during brain surgery.
The Renaissance technology, a surgical guidance system originally designed for use in spine surgeries, is applicable in brain procedures for many applications including biopsies, shunt placements and neurostimulation electrode placement for deep brain stimulation (DBS). Along with the system's precision, simplicity, and safety profile, the Renaissance System will also provide a frameless treatment solution for brain procedures. Renaissance has already been used during several brain surgeries at a hospital in Germany.....read more
Blue Belt Technologies Announces World's First Surgery Performed with NavioPFS™ Robotic Surgical System
July 12, 2012
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. announced the world's first clinical use of the NavioPFS™ robotic surgical system, a Unicompartmental Knee Replacement (UKR) completed on July 10, 2012 by Professor Johan Bellemans at the University Hospital at Pellenberg, Belgium.
The NavioPFS surgical system represents the next generation of precision robotics in the orthopedic operating room, with an initial application in UKR surgeries, and a wide array of applications in development in neurosurgery, otolaryngology (ENT), and spine. NavioPFS received a CE Mark for European commercialization at the end of the first quarter 2012.
Utilizing the integrated CT-free navigation system with intraoperative registration and planning, Professor Bellemans successfully planned the left-medial knee replacement surgery and executed bone preparation through a less-invasive incision using the NavioPFS precision freehand sculpting handpiece....read complete article
Prevent Retained Foreign Objects during Robotic Surgery, Says ECRI Institute PSO
July 11, 2012
Robotically-assisted surgery has surged in popularity over the last decade. Although retained foreign objects might be assumed to be less likely during a robotically assisted procedure, ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) has received and analyzed reports indicating that this might not always be true.
"During robotic surgery, it may be necessary to convert to open surgery. These procedures require different instruments, which are not usually included in the pre-operative count," states Karen P. Zimmer, MD, MPH, FAAP, medical director, ECRI Institute PSO. "These instruments need to be noted and included in the final count in order to prevent unintentional retention of foreign objects," says Zimmer.
A recently released Patient Safety E-lert, "Retained Foreign Objects: It's Not the Robot's Fault," highlights this patient safety issue involving retained foreign objects associated with robotically assisted surgery. The issue was brought to ECRI Institute PSO's attention in its analysis of reports submitted by participating healthcare providers. As part of its mission to research the best approaches to improving patient care, ECRI Institute is sharing this special E-lert with the healthcare community.....read more
New simulation center to improve training for surgeons, using da Vinci system
July 10, 2012
SEATTLE – A new collaboration between Florida Hospital Celebration Health and Mimic Technologies will add the latest robotic simulation training technology to the now world-recognized Nicholson Center. The agreement will result in improved surgical training for physicians using the da Vinci robot.
The da Vinci is a complex surgical device that requires advanced skill for effective utilization. The new improvements in training for the center will bring together physicians, surgeons, surgical teams, and allied health professionals to conduct research; develop and incubate the latest technologies, products, techniques, and processes; and create training curricula to advance the field of robotic surgery.
Simulation training is rapidly being adopted as hospitals seek to minimize the learning curve associated with robotic surgery. Mimic Technologies, the company responsible for da Vinci robot simulation, has provided the latest simulation technology to Florida Hospital to help meet the demand for better training....read more
Hide-and-Seek: When Surgical Tools Are Left Inside Patients
July 7, 2012. Source; the legal examiner. posted by Richard N. (Rick) Shapiro
Imagine you are a patient suffering serious complications after surgery. If the complications were caused by a doctor who accidentally left part of a surgical tool or a sponge inside your body, no one is required to tell you that. Believe it or not, no doctor, surgeon or nurse is even require to report the surgical error.
Even if the doctor figures out that there is something missing, and a broken off piece of the device is left inside your body, if the doctor does not believe it will create an adverse event, the doctor need not state anything about it. Does that strike you as amazing?
During most surgeries, hundreds of instruments, towels, even robots, are employed. Losing track of the instruments is easy, especially suring laparoscopic procedures when a surgeon watches the placement of very small devices on a video monitor.
Click here to read "True Story: Hide & Seek With Retained Surgical Tools"
Teenager Undergoes Robotic Surgery for Lung Cancer
July 6, 2012
Jonathan Muniz, who acquired a rare type of lung cancer usually seen in adults, was treated at four different hospitals. He began his journey at Broward Health Coral Springs, moved to North Broward Medical Center, was airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital and finally transferred to South Miami Hospital where surgeons were able to remove the tumor and save most of his lung without opening his chest. Using a robotic arm, surgeon Mark Dylewski was able cut out the cancer and reconnect the airway in a complex procedure called a sleeve resection........read more
Demand for Innovative and Efficient Surgical Systems Drives the Global Market for Virtual Reality in Healthcare
July 6, 2012
GIA (Global Industry Analysts, Inc.) announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare. The global market for Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare is projected to reach US$2.43 billion by the year 2018. Growing presence of information technology (IT) in the medical domain coupled with the increased demand for innovative and efficient surgical systems is fueling the demand for Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare. Other factors responsible for the growing adoption of VR technology across the healthcare domain include depleting technology costs, enhanced performance and reliability of VR-based systems, and rising demand for simulation-based products for the medical training purposes.....read more
Muscle-Like Action Allows Camera to Mimic Human Eye Movement
July 5, 2012
Using piezoelectric materials, researchers have replicated the muscle motion of the human eye to control camera systems in a way designed to improve the operation of robots. This new muscle-like action could help make robotic tools safer and more effective for MRI-guided surgery and robotic rehabilitation.
Key to the new control system is a piezoelectric cellular actuator that uses a novel biologically inspired technology that will allow a robot eye to move more like a real eye. This will be useful for research studies on human eye movement as well as making video feeds from robots more intuitive. The research is being conducted by Ph.D. candidate Joshua Schultz under the direction of assistant professor Jun Ueda, both from the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.....read more
ProPep Nerve Monitoring System Helps Spot Nerves During da Vinci Surgery
July 2, 2012
ProPep Surgical, a company out of Austin, Texas, received FDA clearance for its ProPep Nerve Monitoring System for locating nerves during robotic-assisted surgeries with the da Vinci technology.
Pep Monitor – generates the specific electrical signal used to stimulate the tissue of interest, and records, analyzes and displays the tissues response to that signal which enables a surgeon to distinguish between nerve containing versus non-nerve containing tissue.
Pep Control Switch – enables the surgeon to switch the robotic bipolar instrument from bipolar / cautery mode to Pep stimulation mode and back. (The electrical stimulation signal generated by the Pep Monitor is delivered through the surgeon’s robotic bipolar surgical instrument thus eliminating the need to introduce a separate stimulation probe into the surgical field.)
Pep Electrode Kit – a single use, disposable, containing the Pep Electrode and the Pep Electrode Introducer. The Pep Electrode is connected to the Pep Monitor and introduced into the surgical field via the Pep Electrode Introducer. Once in the surgical field, the Pep Electrode is placed in the tissue of interest to receive the electrical signals generated as a result of Pep stimulation.....read more
Live MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement Webcast
On Tuesday, July 17th at 5:30pm EDT, watch orthopedic surgeon David Padden, MD, perform a MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement. Viewers are encouraged to email questions and learn more about the revolutionary technology. Viewer questions will be answered during a LIVE webchat immediately following the surgical portion of the webcast......
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