Dr. McManus Discusses App That Monitors Afib from iPhone

Dr. David McManus

Med Device Online, a publication connecting people, organizations and ideas in the medical device industry, recently featured an article about the work underway to improve the way caregivers monitor atrial fibrillation (afib) using an iPhone. David McManus, MD, director of our Atrial Fibrillation Program, spoke about the challenges of detecting afib, and the iPhone app he and his team are working on to monitor afib. The app will better enable data sharing with a patient’s doctor and improve the quality of life for patients. Dr. McManus said, “If the disease is diagnosed in time, it can go from life threatening to an inconvenience – something you die with, not from.” Read the article.

MaaS360 Rollout Is Scheduled to Resume in August

MaaS360The MaaS360 rollout was paused August 2016 due to a number of concerns raised by providers and staff. Information Services security team has addressed these concerns and the rollout of MaaS360 will continue in August. According to our Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources Policy, any device with UMass Memorial Health Care email or applications is required to have MaaS360 installed. Self-enrollment instructions for Apple iOS devices are available on IS/Epic Central and on-site enrollment desks will be available in the coming weeks. Those with Android devices are asked to email Krisha Podkowka instead of self-enrolling. If your device currently is connected to MaaS360, you will not need to reinstall the app. Stay tuned for more updates.

Our RNs: Register Now for Periop 101 Course; Discount Offered

Instructor Thereza Ayad, RN, MSN, CNOR, demonstrates sterile techniques to student Michela Russo in the simulation lab.

UMass Memorial Health Care nurses interested in enrolling in the Perioperative Nursing Training Course are eligible for a $250 discount if they register by Tuesday, August 8. The 16-week Periop 101 class is offered by the Medical School’s Graduate School of Nursing and begins September 5. Designed to train current RNs to become OR nurses, the course includes online modules created by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, simulation skills at the new state-of-the-art simulation center, live weekly classes and clinical preceptor experience. Student Michela Russo said, ““I love going to clinical. I feel like I have learned quite a bit and I am beginning to think more critically being in the role of a circulator.” Learn more.

Calling All Volunteers for 19th Annual UMass Cancer Walk & Run!

Volunteers are needed to assist with the 19th Annual UMass Cancer Walk & Run on Sunday, September 24, University Campus. An event of this size would not be as success without the help of our dedicated volunteers. It takes nearly 300 volunteers to ensure the event runs smoothly. You can volunteer individually or organize a group. Assistance is needed before the walk, pre-event setup, event day setup, during event and post-event cleanup. Volunteers are needed for a variety of areas including: photography, water stop, course monitor, crowd control, cheering stations, signage and breakdown. Visit the event’s volunteer webpage to learn how you can help and sign up!

11 Percent of Americans with Prediabetes Don’t Know They Have It

The American Diabetes Association offers these facts pertaining to prediabetes.

  • Fact: 86 million Americans aged 20 years or older have prediabetes.
  • Fact: Only 11.1 percent of Americans with prediabetes have been told they have it.
  • Fact: Our Diabetes Center of Excellence offers a coordinated approach to care for adults and children with diabetes.

Providers are welcoming new patients. For more information, speak to your primary care provider or visit our website. Book an appointment: Call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763).

New Guidelines for Electric/Hybrid Vehicles on University Campus

New guidelines have been implemented for the 15 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on University Campus to help accommodate the growing number of drivers using electric and hybrid vehicles. The updated guidelines for University Campus charging stations include limiting charge time to four to eight hours, and drivers are asked to move their vehicles to a new parking spot once their vehicles’ charging has completed. These guidelines currently do not apply to the two charging stations on the Memorial Campus. Read story and list of guidelines.

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Dr. Gravallese Receives Prestigious Award for Her Research

Dr. Gravallese

Ellen Gravallese, MD, chief of the Division of Rheumatology, received the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research 2017 Stephen M. Krane Award for her research in the area of inflammation and bone. Dr. Gravallese has dedicated her career to caring for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease. She said, “I am extremely honored to receive this award, as I knew Stephen Krane when he served as chief of rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Krane was an inspiration for my own work on the effects of inflammation on bone in rheumatic diseases.” Congratulations on this esteemed award! Read story.

Join Today’s Lunchtime Workplace Violence Prevention Program

Join us in person or via teleconference from noon to 1 pm today for a panel discussion on workplace violence prevention with panelists from our Medical Center and the Medical School. Moderated by Lisa Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN, chief nursing officer and senior vice president, Patient Care Services, the forum will be held in Amphitheatre III, University Campus and will be broadcasted at the Memorial Campus Amphitheater and Hahnemann Campus, 2nd Floor Conference Room. The discussion will also be recorded for on-demand viewing. Representatives from Employee Health Services, security, Campus Police, Employee Assistance Program, psychiatry and neurology will be engaging in the forum. For more information, view the flyer or contact Joanne Doherty at 774-443-0561.

Our Eye Center Offers New Technology for Cataract Surgery

The Eye Center team with the Centurion Vision System, pictured from left are: Enid Rodriguez, Michelle Puri, Dr. Luna, Susan Gevry and Donna Godin.

The UMass Memorial Eye Center is offering the latest technology for performing advanced cataract surgeries. The new Centurion Vision System maintains more stability within the eye during the cataract surgery procedure with fewer pressure fluctuations and can continuously adapt to changing conditions within the eye. It gives fingertip precision to the surgeon, and enhances the patient’s outcome. According to Gabriel Luna, MD, this equipment puts the Medical Center’s ophthalmologic team on the frontline of cataract technology, and provides the best and most efficient care for cataract patients. Learn more about the Centurion Vision System and our ophthalmology services.