FDA urged to speed roll-out of proposed UDI system   11/07/2012
The AHA today applauded the Food and Drug Administration for moving forward with a proposed rule on a unique device identification system and urged the agency to fully implement the proposed system within three years. "The safety of our health care system will be greatly enhanced by a timely final rule that accelerates the roll-out of the UDI, limits the exceptions to the UDI requirements, and provides enhanced information in the [Global UDI Database]," AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack wrote. Among other changes, the letter urges the agency to require direct marking of all implantable devices and all devices intended for more than one use; adopt an international date standard for device labels to avoid confusion over expiration dates; and ensure that certified electronic health records accommodate UDI and Automatic Identification and Data Capture technologies.
Monograph helps hospital boards engage physicians   11/07/2012
The latest monograph from the AHA's Center for Healthcare Governance looks at the evolution of hospital/physician relationships from alignment to engagement and integration as a critical path for the improved performance necessary to achieve greater value. Authors William Jessee, M.D., and David Rowlee from Integrated Healthcare Strategies focus on the important role of culture as a driver of greater engagement, and suggest that the board's role will encompass ensuring that robust systems are in place to measure, analyze and improve performance, including the areas of culture and engagement. The monograph includes examples of instruments that measure culture in health care organizations and medical groups, and presents nine steps that organizations and their governing boards can take to improve performance.
Study: Leisure-time physical activity extends life expectancy   11/07/2012
People who engage in leisure-time physical activity may have life expectancy gains of as much as 4.5 years, according to a new study by the National Cancer Institute. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults under age 65 engage in aerobic activity for 2.5 hours at moderate intensity or 1.25 hours at vigorous intensity each week. After accounting for other factors that could affect life expectancy, the researchers found that life expectancy was 3.4 years longer for people who reported they got the recommended level of physical activity. People who reported leisure-time physical activity at twice the recommended level gained 4.2 years of life. In general, more physical activity corresponded to longer life expectancy.