Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. From cold robot to lifeline: How perception of the virtual physician has shifted during the pandemic 

    The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the perception of telehealth in palliative care from being a cold and crass method of communication between the physician and patient to an act of compassion, according to Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD. 
  2. 3 healthcare actions Biden plans to take in 1st 100 days

    President-elect Joe Biden has indicated his first 100 days in office will include actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and federal healthcare leadership.
  3. 80 hospitals postponing elective procedures amid the COVID-19 resurgence

    Hospitals across the U.S. are beginning to suspend elective procedures to respond to an uptick in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. 

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  1. Amazon launches online pharmacy & 7 more health IT notes

    From product launches to investments to new service offerings, here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Amazon, Google and Epic.
  2. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center begins $1.6B upgrade

    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in West Carson, Calif., has begun a $1.6 billion upgrade that will include a new inpatient tower, according to the Daily Breeze. 
  3. Colorado health provider alerts 295,617 patients of data breach

    AspenPointe in Colorado Springs recently notified 295,617 patients of a data breach in September that exposed some of their personal information. 
  4. California hospital ICUs could be overwhelmed by Christmas Eve, governor says

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning of a potentially overwhelmed healthcare system in the state if COVID-19 trends continue, according to CNN and NPR.
  1. Olive closes $225.5M investment round: 4 notes

    Olive, a healthcare workforce artificial intelligence startup, closed a multimillion-dollar financing round to boost its overall valuation to $1.5 billion.
  2. Hospitals see 8th consecutive month of shrinking volumes

    October marked the eighth consecutive month of shrinking volumes for U.S. hospitals and health systems, according to the latest Kaufman Hall National Hospital Flash Report published Nov. 30. 
  3. Trinity Health's net income jumps $605M in Q1

    Trinity Health saw revenue decline in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, but the Livonia, Mich.-based system ended the period with higher income, according to recently released financial documents. 
  4. Vaccine will be widely available by June, Warp Speed leader says; White House COVID-19 adviser resigns — 5 updates

    Any American who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to get one by the end of June 2021, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, director of supply, production and distribution for Operation Warp Speed, said in an Nov. 30 interview with MSNBC.

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  1. Tenet names CEO of Conifer Health Solutions

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare on Dec. 1 selected J. Roger Davis as the new president and CEO of Conifer Health Solutions, its subsidiary that offers revene cycle management and care services.
  2. California calls for weekly testing of all hospital workers

    The California Department of Public Health has released new COVID-19 testing guidance stipulating that workers at acute care hospitals be tested weekly.
  3. DeepMind tackles 50-year-old challenge with AI software to boost drug discovery: 5 details

    The artificial intelligence system developed by Alphabet's DeepMind solved a 50-year-old challenge to help accelerate disease treatment and drug discovery, according to a Nov. 30 company blog post.
  4. Dr. Scott Atlas resigns as Trump's COVID-19 adviser

    Scott Atlas, MD, a member of the White House's COVID-19 task force, resigned Nov. 30 from his post in the Trump administration. 
  5. 3 hospital execs: How to ensure medical AI is trained on sufficiently diverse patient data

    In the past decade, hospitals have increasingly adopted artificial intelligence tools to reduce inefficiencies, optimize clinician workflow and expedite diagnostics — but these tools could exacerbate health disparities if trained on datasets that aren't diverse enough to accurately represent the individuals they will be treating.
  6. Top 10 oncology stories in November

    A class-action lawsuit filed against St. Peter's Health in Helena, Mont., that claims patients were left unassigned to a new physician after the unexplained absence of one of the health system's oncologists was Becker's most-read oncology story in November. 
  7. Women 27% less likely to die from lung cancer surgery than men, study finds

    Women who underwent pulmonary resections for lung cancer had significantly higher survival rates than men who had the same surgery, according to a study published in Chest.
  8. Missouri physician starts petition calling for governor to implement mask mandate

    Michah Luderer, MD, PhD, internal medicine resident at St. Louis based-Barnes Jewish Hospital recently started a petition urging Gov. Mike Parson to issue a statewide mask mandate, reports local CBS affiliate KMOV. 
  9. 3 CMS AI challenge finalists discuss how medical algorithms should be developed

    CMS recently selected seven healthcare organizations as finalists for its Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge, which encourages companies to create AI tools that can predict unplanned healthcare facility admissions and adverse events within 30 days.

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