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AstraZeneca to run more clinical trials in people’s homes to improve diversity

Experts say shifting data collection to the home may break down barriers to participation in research AstraZeneca is to let more people take part in clinical trials from the comfort of their own homes in an attempt to increase the diversity of participants. Recruiting volunteers to clinical trials can be difficult, but they are a …

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Henrietta Lacks’ estate sues drug company that sold her cells

Lacks’s estate is asking Thermo Fisher to pay back the full profits gained over 70 years of using her cells without consent The estate of Henrietta Lacks sued a pharmaceutical company on Monday, accusing it of selling cells that doctors at Johns Hopkins hospital took in 1951 without her knowledge or consent. The cells taken …

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MedCity Pivot Podcast: A startup co-founder on the urgent changes needed in women’s healthcare

The siloed approach to women’s healthcare is one of the main reasons the U.S. is unable to improve its record in this arena, according to Carolyn Witte, co-founder of startup Tia. In our latest episode, she discusses how her company is trying to solve this issue while also working to close the gaps that deepen …

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Reports: 1 in 10 adults delayed care in spring amid trailing healthcare utilization levels

According to two new reports, hospital admissions were about 85% of what was expected based on historic patterns at the beginning of April, and in the same month, 11% of adults reported delaying care because of Covid, including 16% of Hispanic and 13% of Black adults.

A new report ranking urban hospitals based on racial inclusivity finds ‘de facto segregation’

A new analysis from the Lown Institute identified the most and least racially inclusive hospitals in America, but hospitals at the bottom of the list dispute the methodology. Still, the analysis indicates a troubling trend of racial segregation in healthcare.

NYC Health + Hospitals drops use of two race-based clinical assessments

The nation’s largest public health system will stop using clinical assessments for kidney function and vaginal delivery after C-sections that use race-based calculations for determining illness severity and risk. These assessments can result in people of color not receiving the diagnoses and treatments they need.

Blue Health Intelligence, AnalyticsIQ to help fight health inequity by enhancing payer data

Together, the companies will add race, ethnicity and language information as well as social determinants of health factors to a database of millions of Blues plan members. The insights gleaned will be used to design interventions and develop community partnerships to reduce disparities in care.

Kaiser Permanente to shell out nearly $19M to settle discrimination lawsuits 

The California-based health system agreed to settle two lawsuits alleging unfair practices that resulted in Black and Hispanic workers being paid less and receiving fewer promotions than their white counterparts. In total, Kaiser Permanente agreed to pay $18.9 million as part of the settlements.

How UCSF created a data platform that leverages 150+ social determinants variables

UCSF’s interactive data platform allows users to drill down into 150 social determinants of health variables. This data, layered with EHR data, can give researchers and clinicians invaluable insights into the nexus of social factors and health.

The Guardian view on coronavirus and vaccine scepticism: time to act | Editorial

Plans for mass immunisation against Covid-19 are developing fast, but concerns must be addressed In the 1960s, academics studying rumours drew inspiration from epidemiology. They noted how such stories spread through communities, “infecting” some individuals while others seemed immune, and how more resistant populations could stop their spread. Their insights have in turn been taken …

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RWJBarnabas Health’s new program aims to identify social barriers to care without stigmatizing patients

The New Jersey-based health system’s culturally nuanced social determinants of health program will screen all patients for social and behavioral factors that impact their health, in the hopes of improving outcomes and encouraging appropriate use of healthcare services.