Heart surgeons’ performance to be posted online in transparency drive

Extract from The Guardian 18 March

cardiovThe Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery will post survival rates and other key data on website available to public

Patients undergoing heart surgery will have access to an unprecedented wealth of data about survival rates and the performance of their surgeon and hospital unit from Monday.

The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) said it is launching a new website aimed at giving precise information on specific operation outcomes.

 

Google to close ‘Google Reader’ in July

Extract from the BBC News:

Google is to shut down its Reader service in July, as usage has declined.  A petition to save the service, which aggregates news content from web feeds, had 25,000 signatures in a few hours.

Experts say shutting Reader is part of Google’s plan to migrate more people to its social media service, Google+.

Google said in its official blog: “There are two simple reasons for this – usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we are pouring all of our energy into fewer products.”  It added users and developers who wanted to use alternatives could export their data, including their subscriptions over the next four months, using its Google Takeout service.

Google Reader launched in 2005, when Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds were a new way to keep tabs on favourite websites and blogs.

Eyes on Evidence for March

This month’s topics in NHS Eyes on Evidence:

Analysis of data from a large randomised controlled trial suggests that intensive glucose control in critically ill patients is associated with moderate to severe hypoglycaemia, and a higher risk of death.

A large scale trial examines the benefits and effectiveness of telehealth and telecare services in helping patients avoid the need for emergency hospital care.
 
A cross-sectional study investigating a possible link between harsh physical punishment and mental health disorders reports that reducing physical punishment may help to reduce the prevalence of mental health disorders in the general population. It suggests giving parents information about alternative discipline strategies, such as positive reinforcement.
The QIPP Collection highlights examples of local best practice, demonstrating how NHS organisations have implemented new practices that have both cut costs and improved quality. We highlight a new example:
Chair of the British HIV Association Guidelines Subcommittee, Martin Fisher, talks about the organisation’s experience of the NICE accreditation process.
Accreditation news  
At its January meeting the NICE Accreditation Advisory Committee accredited 2 guidance programmes.

Evidence Updates 
NICE recently published Evidence Updates on:

  • Strategies to prevent unintentional injuries among children and young people aged under 15
  • Hyperglycaemia in acute coronary syndromes
  • Common mental health disorders
  • Hypertension.