Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. North Dakota nurses speak out after measure to allow COVID-19-positive nurses to continue working

    Nurses in North Dakota fear Gov. Doug Burgum's recent measure to allow asymptomatic nurses with COVID-19 to keep working could spread the disease in shared working spaces, the Herald Star reports. 
  2. 'Polypill' combined with aspirin could lower heart disease risk by 30%, study finds

    A "polypill," or single drug that combines statins and blood-pressure-lowering drugs, may reduce heart disease risk if taken with aspirin, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  3. 'Corporate leadership must go. All of them': Physician urges Beaumont to oust top execs

    Robert Safian, MD, a cardiologist at Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont Health and a professor at Oakland University Beaumont School of Medicine, has sent a letter to the health system's board of trustees urging them to oust Beaumont's top executives. 

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  1. What drives Tampa General's digital transformation despite the pandemic

    Tampa General Hospital has the goal of becoming the safest and most innovative academic medical center in America, and its executives will not let the COVID-19 pandemic stop them.
  2. Nationwide Children's admitting adults as other hospitals fill with COVID-19 patients

    Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is admitting anyone age 26 and under to help other hospitals in the area that are near capacity due to COVID-19, according to The Columbus Dispatch. 
  3. Thousands of medical practices close under stress from pandemic

    Physicians and nurses across the country are retiring early, and thousands of medical practices are closing due to the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The New York Times.
  4. Kaiser Permanente's digital chief Prat Vemana on the 3 principles guiding his pandemic response digital strategy

    Prat Vemana, chief digital officer at Kaiser Permanente, recognizes the power of drawing on patient data to help drive the next wave of digital healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Influenza vaccination is more important than ever: Immunization Action Coalition launches new mass vaccination resources website

There has been a dramatic reduction in the nation’s pediatric and adult immunization coverage rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. 6 recent hospital, health system executive resignations

    The following hospital and health system executive resignations were reported since Oct. 6.
  2. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  3. West Virginia hospital, CEO part ways

    Princeton (W. Va.) Community Hospital and CEO Jeffrey Lilley mutually agreed to separate, according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. 
  4. 5 things hospitals should consider before implementing new tech: former Mass General Brigham CIO

    John Glaser, PhD, an executive in residence at Boston-based Harvard Medical School and former CIO of Boston-based Partners Healthcare (now Mass General Brigham), developed a list of five deliberations hospitals should consider before adopting new technology.

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  1. Improving physician satisfaction with smarter communication

    Compared with other clinical and patient-facing roles in the acute care environment, physicians tend to have unique workflow needs in order to advance patient care. Disparate communication technologies will not typically meet these needs. Since physicians work across a multitude of units and facilities, they are often pulled in many different directions by colleagues in any number of departments. 
  2. University of Toledo Medical Center campaign focuses on role as community servants

    The University of Toledo (Ohio) Medical Center's new "Open for You" campaign assures northwest Ohio residents its staff is ready and excited to care for them, according to a Nov. 15 article the teaching hospital wrote for The Toledo Blade.
  3. 4 CAR-T drug trials that have reported patient deaths

    Since July, four clinical trials testing various CAR-T therapies have reported patient deaths: 
  4. 10 hospitals seeking pharmacy leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.
  5. Cuomo says Trump's vaccine distribution plan isn't equitable, threatens legal action if changes aren't made

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Nov. 15 that he would take legal action against the Trump administration if its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan disproportionately limits access for Black and brown communities, The Hill reported. 
  6. New York taps Google to build online tool connecting users with COVID-19 resources, social services

    New York state launched a web-based tool Nov. 16 developed in partnership with Google to connect state residents with resources for food, housing and COVID-19-related services during the pandemic.
  7. 17 HIPAA settlements in 2020

    2020 has been a busy year with HHS' Office for Civil Rights, from Premera Blue Cross' $6.85 million settlement, the second largest in OCR history, to numerous right of access case resolutions. 
  8. How transitioning student records to Epic helped UC San Diego Health's pandemic response 

    UC San Diego Health has strengthened the continuity of care for its university students by supporting same-day video visits and accessible COVID-19 testing, which has been streamlined through the university's connection to the health system's Epic EHR.
  9. Drugmakers warned about speaking deal kickbacks

    The Office of Inspector General at HHS urged drugmakers and medical device companies to avoid soliciting and paying physicians to speak on their behalf in a Nov. 12 special fraud alert. 

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