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Gates Foundation commits up to $90M for Inventprise pneumococcal vax trials

Vaccine biotech Inventprise has developed technology that offers broader protection than currently available products. Its lead program, a pneumococcal vaccine candidate, is being readied for tests in humans and it now has a financial commitment of up to $90 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bomberos en la línea de batalla se resisten a los mandatos de vacunación contra covid

El bombero de Kentucky Jimmy Adams vio de cerca los estragos de la pandemia de coronavirus cuando se desempeñó como paramédico ayudando a cuidar a los enfermos en emergencias, en medio del aumento de casos de covid. Conocía a bomberos retirados que murieron por complicaciones de la enfermedad. Pero su razonamiento fue que eran mayores …

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Firefighters on Front Lines, No Strangers to Risk, Push Back Against Covid Vaccine Mandates

Kentucky firefighter Jimmy Adams saw the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic when he served as a medic who helped care for the sick on medical calls amid surging covid cases. He knew retired firefighters who died of complications from covid-19. But he reasoned that they were older and likely had underlying health issues, making them …

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Seagen, Genmab antibody drug conjugate gets FDA approval in cervical cancer

The Seagen and Genmab antibody drug conjugate (ADC), named Tivdak, is approved to treat cases of cervical cancer that have returned or spread following treatment with chemotherapy. Tivdak is Seagen’s third ADC; for Genmab, the drug will become its first commercialized product.

‘My Time to Live’: Through Novel Program, Kidney Patients Get Palliative Care, Dialysis ’Til the End

After a decade of living with chronic kidney disease, Vonita McGee knows her body is wearing out. At 63, McGee undergoes dialysis sessions three times each week at a Northwest Kidney Centers site near her Burien, Washington, home to rid her blood of waste and water. She has endured the placement of more than a …

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Jaw Surgery Takes a $27,119 Bite out of One Man’s Budget

For years, Ely Bair dealt with migraine headaches, jaw pain and high blood pressure, until a dentist recommended surgery to realign his jaw to get to the root of his health problems. The fix would involve two surgeries over a couple of years and wearing braces on his teeth before and in between the procedures. …

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A Chilling Cure: Facing Killer Heat, ERs Use Body Bags to Save Lives

As a deadly heat wave scorched the Pacific Northwest last month, overwhelming hospital emergency rooms in a region unaccustomed to triple-digit temperatures, doctors resorted to a grim but practical tool to save lives: human body bags filled with ice and water. Officials at hospitals in Seattle and Renton, Washington, said that as more people arrived …

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Expertos en salud pública temen que los fondos desaparezcan cuando termine la pandemia

En respuesta a la pandemia de covid-19, el Congreso ha invertido decenas de miles de millones de dólares en los departamentos de salud pública estatales y locales, pagando por máscaras, rastreadores de contactos y campañas educativas para persuadir a las personas de que se vacunen. Sus funcionarios, que han manejado presupuestos famélicos durante años, están …

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Public Health Experts Worry About Boom-Bust Cycle of Support

Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into state and local public health departments in response to the covid-19 pandemic, paying for masks, contact tracers and education campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated. This story also ran on The Associated Press. It can be republished for free. Public health officials who have juggled …

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The key IT decisions that helped providers survive April 2020

As Covid-19 cases started escalating last April, providers in hotspot states, like New York, California and Washington, had to quickly pivot their IT plans. These are some of the decisions that five health IT leaders made — aside from expanding telehealth — that helped their health systems survive the first wave of the pandemic and …

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Battle Brews Over Neutral Zone Where Border-Crossing Parties Rendezvous, Risking Infection

BLAINE, Wash. — In the shadows of covid travel restrictions, a 42-acre park on the far western edge of the U.S.-Canadian dividing line has become a popular opening in an otherwise closed border, a place where Americans and Canadians can gather without needing permission to go through an official border crossing. Use Our Content It …

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Nosing In on Kids Who Had Covid and Lost Their Sense of Smell

Orange. Eucalyptus. Lavender. Peppermint. Doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Seattle Children’s Hospital will use scents like these to treat children who lost their sense of smell to covid-19. Parents will attend clinics and go home with a set of essential oils for their child to sniff twice a day for three months. Clinicians will …

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Why A Smart Command Center Requires A Health Cloud Platform

Dr. David Nace, Chief Medical Officer at Innovaccer Aviation, military, NASA, or even utilities like the New York Power Authority—almost all high-consequence, complex organizations have one thing in common: a command center. The concept of a command center or a ‘war room,’ or ‘air traffic control’ has been around for a while. Command centers help …

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Hurdle Secures $5M for Digital Mental Health Platform for People of Color

What You Should Know: – Washington, D.C.-based Hurdle raises $5M in seed funding to accelerate its digital mental health platform for people of color. – Hurdle aims to provide an innovative teletherapy solution for employers and insurers; aims to remove barriers to mental health care for People of Color by rooting its services in evidence-based …

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UnitedHealth Rolls Out Employer Virtual Primary Care Plan

What You Should Know: – UnitedHealthcare is rolling out a virtual primary care plan for employers that will be powered by telehealth platform Amwell, CNBC first reports. – The virtual primary care plan will allow patients access to physicians with low or no co-pays for routine care via phone or computer. – The virtual primary …

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FCC Unveils 14 Initial Projects Selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program

What You Should Know: – FCC announces initial 14 pilot project selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program that will support connected care service across the country and focus on low-income and veteran patients. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced an initial set of 14 pilot projects with over 150 treatment sites in 11 …

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Provider Strategies for Mitigating Telehealth Fraud & Abuse in 2021

Dr. Gary Call, Chief Medical Officer at HMS As healthcare spending continues to rise, so too does the inherent risk for bad actors to take advantage. Today, the United States is estimated to spend nearly 18 percent of its GDP, or $3.6 trillion, on healthcare, and is expected to increase to one-fifth of GDP within …

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Regence, MultiCare Health System to Deploy HL7 Da Vinci Member Attribution List for Value-Based Care Arrangements

What You Should Know: – Regence and MultiCare ink first-in-the-nation value-based care partnership to deliver improved health outcomes at lower costs. Health insurance provider Regence and MultiCare Health System, an independent accountable care organization (ACO) have partnered to deploy a first-in-the-nation value-based model that delivers better health outcomes to members at lower costs while simplifying …

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Is Broadband Access The Missing Key to Improving Rural Healthcare?

The plain truth is that rural America has always had a market failure problem.  In the 1930s, the problem manifests as woefully inadequate telephone and electrical service. The spaces were just too wide open, the potential customers too few, for companies to invest in America’s in-between places.  In response to this market inefficiency, a federal …

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Cityblock Health Reaches $1B Valuation, Raises $160M to Address Systemic Healthcare Inequity

What You Should Know: – Cityblock Health, a transformative, value-based healthcare provider focused on improving healthcare outcomes for marginalized communities, today announced a $160M Series C round, bringing its total raised to $300M. – Cityblock is a care delivery trailblazer working to right the injustices of a healthcare system that cycles vulnerable communities through frequent …

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A Battle-Weary Seattle Hospital Fights the Latest COVID Surge

As hospitals across the country weather a surge of COVID-19 patients, in Seattle — an early epicenter of the outbreak — nurses, respiratory therapists and physicians are staring down a startling resurgence of the coronavirus that’s expected to test even one of the best-prepared hospitals on the pandemic’s front lines. After nine months, the staff …

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3 Key Solutions to Fighting Stress In the Medical Field

As you read this, doctors are on the frontlines fighting a global pandemic. Lives depend on their skills and expertise, but what often gets overlooked is the fact that doctors are still prone to stress. Sure enough, according to a report by Medscape, more than 42% of physicians across various specialties say they are burned …

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New Legal Push Aims to Speed Magic Mushrooms to Dying Patients

Back in March, just as anxiety over COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., Erinn Baldeschwiler of La Conner, Washington, found herself facing her own private dread. Just 48 and the mother of two teenagers, Baldeschwiler was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer after discovering a small lump on her chest, no bigger than a …

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Trump’s Lame-Duck Status Leaves Governors to Wing It on COVID

Not long after the world learned that President Donald Trump had lost his reelection bid, states began issuing a new round of crackdowns and emergency declarations against the surging coronavirus. Taking action this time were Republican governors who had resisted doing so during the spring and summer. Now they face an increasingly out-of-control virus and …

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White House Coronavrius Task Force Doubles Down on Rapid Testing Strategy

What You Should Know: – White house coronavirus task force doubles down on rapid testing strategy to fight the coronavirus as some states say they don’t have the supplies to comply with the federal government’s advice. – This article was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Washington, …

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Mobile Point-of-Care Ultrasound Is Now A Frontline Warrior in Pandemic

Diku Mandavia, M.D., SVP, Chief Medical Officer at FUJIFILM Sonosite Health authorities need to prioritize delivery and the repurposing of mobile point-of-care ultrasound machines which have proven to be reliable, affordable, and effective in saving the lives of coronavirus patients.   Most Americans are familiar with ultrasound technology from the scans done to check on the …

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Lions and Tigers and Anteaters? US Scientists Scan the Menagerie for COVID

As COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., one Texas veterinarian has been quietly tracking the spread of the disease — not in people, but in their pets. Since June, Dr. Sarah Hamer and her team at Texas A&M University have tested hundreds of animals from area households where humans contracted COVID-19. They’ve swabbed dogs and …

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VA Announces First Cerner EHR Go-Live at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

What You Should Know: – Cerner today announced the historic and successful first deployment of a modern EHR at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA. – The go-live marks the first time in history three federal departments (VA, DOD, and USCG) are using the same EHR. Cerner Corporation today announced the historic and successful first …

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Babyscripts Forms Commercial Partnership with Roche to Develop RPM Programs for Pregnancy

What You Should Know:   – Babyscripts today announced a commercial partnership with Roche Diagnostics, a division of the world’s largest biotech company and a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.  – Roche will partner with Babyscripts on the development of Babyscripts’ remote patient monitoring (RPM) programs to leverage groundbreaking data science through the next generation of RPM in …

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Walmart to Offer Medicare Insurance Plans During 2020 Open Enrollment

What You Should Know: – Walmart announced it will begin selling Medicare insurance plans during this year’s annual enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Today, Walmart announced the launch of Walmart Insurance Services, LLC, a licensed insurance brokerage, which will assist people with enrolling in insurance plans—and simplify what’s historically been a cumbersome, confusing …

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NVIDIA Develops AI Model to Accurately Predict Oxygen Needs for COVID-19 Patients

What You Should Know: – NVIDIA and Massachusetts General Brigham Hospital researchers develop an AI model that determines whether a person showing up in the emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms will need supplemental oxygen hours or even days after an initial exam. – The ultimate goal of this model is to predict the likelihood that …

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Amid mixed messages about his Covid-19 diagnosis, Trump looks like a one-man clinical trial

While the White House and doctors at Walter Reed have sought to reassure the public that Trump’s condition is improving, he has received numerous drugs for Covid-19, including the steroid dexamethasone, which is typically administered only to those who are critically ill.

NIH Funds First Nationwide Rare and Atypical Diabetes Network

What You Should Know: – NIH awards funding for Rare and Atypical Diabetes Network, or RADIANT that will seek to discover the cause of several unusual forms of diabetes. – RADIANT plans to screen about 2,000 people with unknown or atypical forms of diabetes that do not fit the common features of type 1 and …

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VA Announces First Go-Live of the VA Electronic Health Record Modernization Program

What You Should Know: – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its first go-live of the VA Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program – launching the new Centralized Scheduling Solution (CSS) at the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System in Columbus, OH to make medical visits more efficient for care providers and Veterans. – …

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9 Ways UX/UI Design Can Improve Digital Health Adoption for Seniors

Amy Oughton, Founder, and CEO Dream in Color Seniors have the lowest reported usage of telehealth of any age group. As many healthcare providers are increasing the use of telehealth, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of new tools and technologies could impact seniors. In my experience, this doesn’t indicate that older …

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Trabajadores agrícolas en alto riesgo de contraer coronavirus y sin protección federal

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee.- Es una época de mucho trabajo para las granjas productoras de tomate en esta parte del estado. Estas plantaciones cuentan con cientos de trabajadores, la mayoría latinos. Algunos viven allí. Otros son migrantes que viajan de granja en granja, para recoger las cosechas de verano. Otros vienen de México o Centroamérica con visas …

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As Crisis Grows, Farms Try to Balance Health of Field Workers and Food Supply

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It’s a busy time for the tomato-producing farms in this part of the state. Farms have staffed up with hundreds of workers, most of whom are Latino. Some live locally. Others are migrant workers who travel from farm to farm, chasing the summer growing seasons. Still others come from Mexico or Central …

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Analysis: July Health IT M&A Activity; Public Company Performance

– Healthcare Growth Partners’ (HGP) summary of Health IT/digital health mergers & acquisition (M&A) activity, and public company performance during the month of July 2020. While a pandemic ravages the country, technology valuations are soaring.  The Nasdaq hit an all-time high during the month of July, sailing through the 10,000 mark to post YTD gains …

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Ginger Lands $50M to Expand On-Demand Mental Health Support Platform

What You Should Know: – Ginger announces $50 Million in Series D funding to expand access to its on-demand mental healthcare system led by Advance Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners; joined by Cigna Ventures and existing investors. – Company has more than tripled revenue over the past year, now brings access to on-demand mental …

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Hospital Merger in Washington State Stokes Fears About Catholic Limits on Care

The proposed merger of a well-regarded secular hospital system and a larger Roman Catholic system in Washington state has triggered new alarms about religious restrictions on patients’ access to care. Virginia Mason Health System and CHI Franciscan announced plans in mid-July to form a joint operating company including 12 hospitals and more than 250 other …

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W2O Acquires Discern Health to Strengthen Value-Based Care Capabilities

What You Should Know: – W2O announced today the acquisition of Discern Health, a leading healthcare consultancy based in Washington, DC, and Baltimore, to strengthen its strategic capabilities in assisting clients with critical healthcare policy trends and value-based reimbursement models. – Discern Health brings experts with decades of experience in quality, health care measurement, and payment …

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GoodRx Expands Telehealth Service Nationwide Across All 50 States

What You Should Know: – GoodRx today announced it has expanded the reach of HeyDoctor by GoodRx and it is now available across all 50 states and Washington D.C. – HeyDoctor provides affordable access to online medical visits from US-licensed providers to treat a wide range of conditions — regardless of insurance status. Treatment and …

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Scientists Want to Know More About Using UV Light to Fight COVID-19 Spread

High up near the ceiling, in the dining room of his Seattle-area restaurant, Musa Firat recently installed a “killing zone” — a place where swaths of invisible electromagnetic energy penetrate the air, ready to disarm the coronavirus and other dangerous pathogens that drift upward in tiny, airborne particles. Firat’s new system draws on a century-old …

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7 Day Moving Average for COVID-19 Cases Is Up 148% Nationwide

What You Should Know: – Nationwide, the seven-day moving average for COVID-19 cases is up 148% from June 7th to July 7th. In many states across the country, the “curve” never flattened. Since June there hasn’t been a flattening effect, but rather a significant spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. – States hit hardest …

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HHS Taps Fenway Health as Pilot Site for Precision Medicine Project

What You Should Know: – Fenway Health has been selected as the pilot site to participate in the Advancing Standards for Precision Medicine (ASPM) project. – The ASPM project is focused on how healthcare providers can systematically identify the socio-economic factors that may impact the health of patients in order to provide more individualized care …

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