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Quiz: Why lawmakers may not feel your pain over student debt

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:49

Open Secrets examined financial disclosures of members of Congress and found 47 who listed student loan debt.

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Dyer wins soap personality prize

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:31
EastEnders' Danny Dyer is named soap personality of 2015 at the TV and Radio Industries Club (Tric) awards.

VIDEO: Sports celebrities killed in Argentina

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:27
Three French athletes are among 10 people killed during filming for a reality television programme in Argentina.

In world of health data, enemies may become friends

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:27

Sharing patient information is a key to improving patient health. That’s a mantra in health care these days, but it is much harder to pull off than you might think.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell’s recent announcement ushering in paying doctors and hospitals based more on quality than quantity makes exchanging this data more valuable by the day from a business perspective.

And while there’s money to be made and customer satisfaction to be gained, many doctors say still say they aren’t getting the information they need to help their patients.

Dr. Neal Weinberg says sharing that data is essential to helping a person be well.

“Not having immediate, accurate information in one chart can lead to complications for the patient, they could die, they could be pretty sick and end up back in the hospital with other problems,” he says.

That seriousness helps explain why doctors and hospitals around the country have begun to share information. For example, the Penn Medical System uses 600 servers to exchange patient data with surrounding providers including some competitors.

But Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Bill Hanson explains there are real world limitations that cap Penn’s ability to share more than they do.

“There’s sort of a yin/yang of the desire to exchange information and protect information. There are also the politics of working with competitors,” he says.

We’ve been hearing about these issues — technical kinks, patient privacy and collaborating with competitors — for a while now. New data shows more than half the groups who are trying to better manage care — through what are called Accountable Care Organizations — say they can’t get timely patient data. And if those folks, who have every economic incentive to get that information, can’t, there’s a serious problem.

University of Michigan Professor Julia Adler-Milstein says she’s focused on finding ways to cut through the challenges. There’s too much at stake, she says.

“You need complete information to ensure that care is safe,” she says. “You need complete information to ensure that care is effective. You need complete information to ensure that care is efficient and not wasteful.”

Given the potential to improve health and lower spending, Adler-Milstein says we must learn which challenges are really blocking up the data. One problem, she says, is that electronic health record companies are making it difficult to connect with other health record companies.

“We don’t have good empirical data on that but you just can sort of hear the chorus of complaints from anyone you talk to about how hard it is,” she says.

Adler-Milstein says one solution is to create a consumers’ report of sorts for doctors and hospitals to show which electronic records companies make sharing easier.

Dr. Ira Nash, an executive with North Shore LIJ Health System on Long Island, says change the idea that doctors are in charge of all this stuff.

“You want the patients in the middle. They are the consumer. We exist to serve their needs. Why should we own the data,” he says.

By its nature much of medicine is guesswork. But when it comes to patient data, Michigan’s Adler-Milstein says, some of the guesswork goes away.

Police aware of tweet about Welbeck

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:14
Greater Manchester Police say they are aware of a racially abusive tweet about Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

Mancini keen to sign Toure for Inter

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:12
Roberto Mancini believes Yaya Toure wants to leave Man City and says he would be keen to bring him to Inter Milan.

Chad shutdown over helmet protests

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:11
Chadian authorities close all schools and universities after deadly protests over a requirement for motorbike riders to wear helmets.

India remembers World War One dead

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:07
Events are being held to remember thousands of Indian soldiers who fought alongside the British in a key battle in France in World War One.

VIDEO: Drone's-eye view of Crossrail tunnels

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:07
For the first time, the BBC has been allowed to fly a remote controlled camera along the tunnels of London's Crossrail service.

Wild Day In Madison Likely To Be Another Win For Gov. Walker

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 07:01

The latest protests in Madison could reinforce Walker's law-and-order image, at least with Wisconsinites who voted for him — and Iowa Republicans who will be voting for president early next year.

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Brecon crash teen survivor 'lucky'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 06:54
A teenage survivor of a crash in Brecon, which killed three of his friends and a pensioner, says he is lucky to be alive.

Who Takes 3,000 Photos Of NYC's Doors?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 06:48

In the mid1970s, photographer Roy Colmer cruised the streets of New York City. The result: A very particular perception of doors.

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France stunned by Argentina crash

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 06:18
Prosecutors in France open an investigation after eight French nationals, including three sports stars, die in a helicopter crash in Argentina.

'Banning Tor unwise', MPs told

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 06:04
Advice given to MPs on the dark web says it can be used in the public interest and that banning it in the UK would be difficult technically.

Pakistan widens execution policy

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 05:56
Pakistan resumes executions for all capital offences, after earlier lifting a moratorium on the death penalty for terror offences only.

Problem family scheme 'helps 105,000'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-10 05:50
Ninety per cent of the 120,000 most troubled families targeted by a government scheme have had their lives "turned around", Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says.

Iran Calls GOP Letter 'Propaganda Ploy,' Offers To 'Enlighten' Authors

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 05:50

Iran's foreign minister says the letter suggests U.S. lawmakers "not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution."

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