Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Google Cloud launches healthcare data engine to promote interoperability

    Google Cloud unveiled its healthcare data engine to offer end-to-end solutions from multiple platforms, such as EHRs, claims and research data.
  2. COVID-19 'exposed the boulders underneath the water': ONC chief creates task force to tackle public health data issues 

    The federal government is exploring ways to overhaul its health data reporting systems under a new task force convened by HHS' National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi, PhD, Politico reported July 21. 
  3. 7 updates on breakthrough COVID-19 cases

    The amount of people experiencing rare breakthrough COVID-19 infections will increase as more transmissible variants spread across the country, but health experts aren't alarmed, NPR reported July 21.

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  1. US hospitals in scramble to make room amid rising COVID-19 case count, dwindling bed capacity

    As U.S hospitals deal with fewer beds and more COVID-19 patients, some are taking steps such as rescheduling surgeries and turning down transfers to address dwindling capacity. 
  2. ONC asked to investigate Meditech over alleged information blocking 

    A Georgia law firm penned a letter to ONC July 20 urging the agency to investigate alleged information blocking occurring within Doctors Hospital of Augusta's Meditech EHR system, Law.com reported. 
  3. CoxHealth creates new nurse position: 4 notes on support RNs

    Springfield, Mo.-based CoxHealth has created a new nursing position as nursing demand rises.
  4. CDC monitoring 200 people in the US after monkeypox exposure

    The CDC is monitoring 200 people across 27 states who may have been exposed to monkeypox after a person who traveled from Nigeria to the U.S was recently diagnosed with the rare illness. 

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  1. 18 health systems back Biden's $5B gun violence prevention plan

    Eighteen health system presidents and CEOs have signed a request to Congress supporting President Joe Biden's $5 billion hospital and community-based gun violence prevention plan.
  2. Parents hit with $270K medical bill over 'birthday rule' inspire changes

    In January, a Kansas couple shared the story of how they received a $270,951 medical bill after the birth of their first child — even though they're both insured. Now, a state representative is proposing legislation to ensure stories like theirs don't happen again.
  3. 8% vaccinated, half under 60: 6 notes on the COVID-19 patients at 1 Missouri hospital

    Amid a COVID-19 surge, Erik Frederick, chief administrative officer at Springfield, Mo.-based Mercy Hospital, has provided demographic details on the current patient census. 
  4. US vaccination rate at early January level as new cases spike — 7 things to know

    Daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have risen 171 percent over the last two weeks, according to The New York Times.
  1. Hospital discharges inequitable for many, Mass General finds

    A new study from researchers at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital found that inequities can lead to challenges for patients at discharge.
  2. UPMC settles employee data breach lawsuit for $2.7M 

    Employees who filed a class-action lawsuit against UPMC over a data breach have reached a $2.65 million settlement with the Pittsburgh-based health system, according to court documents. 
  3. 3 top Beaumont execs to depart

    Three of Beaumont Health's top leaders plan to leave the health system as it finalizes its merger with Spectrum Health. 
  4. 10 numbers showing hospitals' financial recovery

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant revenue losses for hospitals as elective surgery volumes dwindled and reimbursement lagged. Despite this, hospitals recently have seen financial improvements. Here are 10 numbers that illustrate hospitals' financial recovery. 
  5. As 10% physician pay cuts loom, AMA urges Congressional action

    The American Medical Association is sounding the alarm on upcoming pay cuts for physician practices and Congress' alleged indifference about the reimbursement changes. 
  6. Tenet posts $120M profit in Q2

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare saw its revenue and net income increase year over year in the second quarter of this year. 
  7. Mayo Clinic: Eli Lilly, Regeneron antibodies help COVID-19 patients avoid the hospital

    Two monoclonal antibodies administered separately were effective in preventing hospitalization among high-risk patients with COVID-19, according to a real-world study published July 19 in The Journal of Infectious Diseases and funded by Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.
  8. MaineHealth to spend $61M each year on pay boosts

    MaineHealth will spend $61 million a year to increase employee pay, the Portland-based health system said July 21.
  9. American Hospital Association backs vaccine mandates

    The American Hospital Association released a statement July 21 saying it supports hospitals and health systems that adopt mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, with local factors and circumstances shaping whether and how organizations implement the policies. 

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