Allegheny Health Network http://wesa.fm en Allegheny Health Network Joins US Olympic Committee National Medical Network http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-health-network-joins-us-olympic-committee-national-medical-network <p>Allegheny Health Network has been designated by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as an official Olympic Regional Medical Center.</p><p>“As a participating center, one of just six in the country, we will have the great privilege of playing a prominent role in the health and well-being of our nation’s elite Team USA athletes,” said Dr. Patrick DeMeo, chair of the AHN Orthopedic Institute.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:41:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23928 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Health Network Study Aims to Get a Clearer Picture of Asthma Rates http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-health-network-study-aims-get-clearer-picture-asthma-rates <p>Studies show the rate of childhood asthma in Allegheny County is around 13 percent, higher than the national rate of 9 percent.</p><p>An Allegheny General Hospital study is underway to more precisely determine childhood asthma rates in the region and exactly what triggers the respiratory disease.</p><p>Dr. David Skoner, Division Director in asthma, allergies and immunology for the <a href="https://www.alleghenyhealthnetwork.com/index.shtml">Allegheny Health Network</a>, is a co-director for the study. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:02:10 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23171 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Health Network Study Aims to Get a Clearer Picture of Asthma Rates Allegheny Health Network, Johns Hopkins to Collaborate on Cancer Care, Research http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-health-network-johns-hopkins-collaborate-cancer-care-research <p>Allegheny Health Network and Johns Hopkins Medicine have announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding between their two cancer centers.</p><p>When finalized, Allegheny Health Network and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center will collaborate on several initiatives, share research and participate in joint projects, among other things.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:28:54 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 23188 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Health Network, Johns Hopkins to Collaborate on Cancer Care, Research Study to Determine Extent of Childhood Asthma in Pittsburgh Region http://wesa.fm/post/study-determine-extent-childhood-asthma-pittsburgh-region <p>It’s hard to know exactly how many kids have asthma in the Pittsburgh region but a study is underway aimed at determining just how prevalent it is and what some of the triggers may be. Nearly 25 million Americans and more than 9 percent of children suffer from Asthma. National and state studies show the rate of childhood asthma in Allegheny County to be around 13 percent.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:20:37 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23083 at http://wesa.fm Study to Determine Extent of Childhood Asthma in Pittsburgh Region Allegheny Health Network Works to Decrease Heart Attack Response Time http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-health-network-works-decrease-heart-attack-response-time <p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 715,000 Americans have a heart attack each year.&nbsp;</p><p>The Allegheny Health Network hopes to help these people with its new “First Contact-to-Balloon” initiative.</p><p>“First Contact-to-Balloon,” refers to the time when a patient first calls for a paramedic to when their blocked blood vessel is actually opened.</p><p>The initiative will enable Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers to diagnose patients from the field and then alert hospital cardiac catheterization teams to prepare for their arrival.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 19633 at http://wesa.fm Innovative Concussion Evaluation Technology http://wesa.fm/post/innovative-concussion-evaluation-technology <p>According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 2 million people each year suffer from concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.</p><p>In the sports world, concussions have been in the limelight as athletes come forward with reports of lasting affects from the brain injuries they sustained while playing. As a result, the sports community is becoming increasingly aware of how important it is to properly treat a concussion and gather as much data as possible close to the time of impact.</p><p><a href="http://www.c3logix.com/">C3 Logix</a> is a new, innovative concussion evaluation technology that provides on site data collection at the time of injury, to better aid physicians in diagnosis and treatment. The program is loaded into an iPad and before the season starts, athletes perform a series of neurocognitive tests. The program tracks the athlete’s visual reflexes and their ability to focus on moving objects. Results of these baseline tests can then be compared to data logged in incident reports at the time of suspected brain injury. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:04:43 +0000 Katie Martin 17139 at http://wesa.fm Innovative Concussion Evaluation Technology New Technology for Managing Concussions Being Used in Southwestern PA http://wesa.fm/post/new-technology-managing-concussions-being-used-southwestern-pa <p>New mobile technology being used by the Allegheny Health Network will allow physicians to better diagnose and treat concussions.</p><p>C3 Logix uses a computerized neurocognitive exam through a unique iPad app. The iPad is strapped to a patient’s back and can detect even minute movement.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:50:58 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16885 at http://wesa.fm New Technology for Managing Concussions Being Used in Southwestern PA Pittsburgh Physicians Conduct Asthma Research http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-physicians-conduct-asthma-research <p>Twenty-five million people in the United States have asthma, and that number is growing every year.</p><p>Research by the Allegheny Health Network is now underway that examines whether high levels of particulate air pollution in the Pittsburgh area are connected to an increased number of asthma attacks known as exacerbations.</p><p>Pittsburgh has taken great steps to move away from being one of the most polluted cities in the nation, but tiny fragments of pollution generated from the burning of fossil fuels called particulates still pose health problems for those with asthma.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 13738 at http://wesa.fm New Research Helps Find Most Effective Chemotheraphy for Ovarian Cancer http://wesa.fm/post/new-research-helps-find-most-effective-chemotheraphy-ovarian-cancer <p>Research by a Pittsburgh physician could help women diagnosed with ovarian cancer determine the most effective chemotherapy treatments with their doctors.</p><p>The study, led by Dr. Thomas Krivak, assistant director of Gynecological Oncology at West Penn Allegheny Health Systems, supports the ChemoFx chemoresponse assay, a tool used to accurately predict how individual women will respond to platinum-based chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 13133 at http://wesa.fm Highmark and CMU Look to 'Disrupt' Healthcare Industry http://wesa.fm/post/highmark-and-cmu-look-disrupt-healthcare-industry <p>Highmark Inc. and its recently formed healthcare arm Allegheny Health Network are hoping Carnegie Mellon University will be able to dive into the systems’ terabytes of patient care and payment data to find industry changing breakthroughs.&nbsp;</p><p>CMU’s Allen Russell will head the Disruptive Healthcare Technology Institute. He believes the healthcare industry, as a whole, has been resistant to what he calls “disruptive change,” like what the mobile phone did for communications or the personal computer did for mainframe computing.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:22:06 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 11991 at http://wesa.fm