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Archive for February, 2017

Children’s, Pitt Partner on Cardiac Arrest Early Detection System

Children’s, Pitt Partner on Cardiac Arrest Early Detection SystemThe University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC have announced a research partnership to develop a software analytics tool that will enable early prediction of catastrophic events such as cardiac arrest or emergency endotracheal tube intubation in patients with congenital heart disease.

Children with congenital heart disease account for more than 80 percent of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) population, and cardiac failure is one of three leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Current warning systems in ICUs do not account for all available patient data such as environmental factors and cannot discriminate risk according to the different cardiovascular physiology in congenital heart disease patients.

The new tool, called the Cardiac ICU Warning Index (C-WIN), will allow physicians an early detection of potentially catastrophic events allowing for timely intervention, with a potential decrease in morbidity, mortality and hospital length of stay.

Dr. Fuchiang (Rich) Tsui, associate professor of biomedical informatics at Pitt’s School of Medicine, and his team will collaborate with clinical domain experts to create predictive models and tools based on analysis of multi-year clinical data obtained from inpatient electronic health records (EHR) at Children’s Hospital. The resulting C-WIN solution will provide cardiac critical care physicians and pediatric intensive care unit staff with a real-time mortality warning index integrated in the EHR at Children’s. (more…)

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An Open Letter to the Allegheny County Council Regarding E-Cigarettes

In advance of Monday’s Allegheny County Council Committee on Health & Human Services’ consideration of a proposed regulation to bring laws regarding e-cigarettes in line with traditional smoking laws, the 39-member UPMC CancerCenter and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Council wrote a letter to council in strong support of the regulation.

In an effort to better explain the UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter Council’s stance, council members are making their letter public. The council is made up of leaders in the region who advise and support the executive management of UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter in advancing the understanding of cancer, developing innovative methods of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and providing state-of-the-art cancer care. Protecting people against cancer is their priority, and the proposed Allegheny County e-cigarette regulation is in line with that goal.

Do you agree with the UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter Council’s support for these regulations? Contact Allegheny County Council before Feb. 6 to make your support heard.

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