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A lack of preventive care in infants and children is associated with an increased rate of unplanned hospital admissions

Lack of Peds Preventive Care Ups Unplanned Hospital Admissions

Infants and children lacking vaccinations, development checks more likely to be admitted
Pregnant women commonly refuse vaccines

Pregnant Women Commonly Refuse Vaccines

Providers believe stressing fetal protection is most effective strategy against refusal
Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous health care visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Socioeconomic disparities exist in use of patient portals; privacy concerns cited for nonuse
A point-of-care polymerase chain reaction test (Atlas io) has high sensitivity and specificity for Chlamydia trachomatis

High Sensitivity, Specificity for Chlamydia Point-of-Care Test

Polymerase chain reaction test has high sensitivity and specificity for vaginal swab samples
Infections requiring hospitalization or treatment with anti-infective agents are associated with an increased subsequent risk for mental disorders

Infections Linked to Increased Later Risk for Mental Disorders

Subsequent risk increased with infections requiring hospitalization, treatment with anti-infective agents
Only 15.4 percent of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine for a wide spectrum of patient interactions

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Specialty and larger practice size are correlates of telemedicine use

At-Home Self-Collected Samples Valid for Detecting High-Risk HPV

Participants report no difficulty understanding directions for self-collection, willing to use in future
From 2000 to 2017

Progress Made Toward Global Measles Milestones

Estimated coverage with MCV1 up from 72 to 85 percent globally; measles deaths dropped 80 percent
Many patients intentionally withhold information from clinicians

Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

Reasons for nondisclosure include not wanting to be judged or lectured, being embarrassed
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a draft strategy to reduce the health information technology burden

HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

Strategy is open for public comment through Jan. 28, 2019