Improved TB data collection reveals greater number of cases; New test could predict sepsis risk within an hour;

News From Around the Web

> Efforts to improve tuberculosis data collection found nearly half a million more cases than original estimates, according to the World Health Organization. Report

> Patients who opt for blood conservation measures rather than transfusions have similar quality outcomes to those undergoing transfusions, according to a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2014 Annual Meeting, Medscape reports. Article

> Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new test that could allow physicians to predict a patient's severe sepsis risk within an hour, according to News-Medical. Article

Health IT News

> At the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's annual fall conference in Reston, Virginia on Tuesday, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo reiterated the challenges and goals associated with implementing ubiquitous interoperability throughout the healthcare industry. Article

> Though data breaches tend to be costly for healthcare providers--the cost of the Community Health Systems breach, for instance, has been estimated to be as much as $150 million--patients who sue don't necessarily win, as two California Hospital cases bear out. Article

And Finally… Dancing priests. Article

Suggested Articles

The profit margins and management of Community Health Group raise questions about oversight of managed care insurers.

Financial experts are warning practices about the pitfalls of promoting medical credit cards to their patients.

A proposed rule issued by HHS on Tuesday would expand short-term coverage, a move Seema Verma said will have "virtually no impact" on ACA premiums.