Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Young adults less likely to take COVID-19 prevention measures, CDC finds

    Young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 were less likely to engage in recommended COVID-19 virus prevention behaviors compared to older adults, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Oct. 27. 
  2. COVID-19 death risk higher in cancer patients, study finds

    Cancer patients with COVID-19 have a 12.5 percent higher death risk compared to non-cancer patients with the illness, according to a study published today in Cancer. 
  3. US sees regional shortages of flu shots

    The U.S. is seeing regional distribution challenges for flu shots because of a huge surge in demand early in this flu season, according to the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. 

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  1. Smokers at higher premature death risk from heart disease, study finds

    Current smokers endured about a three times greater premature death risk from cardiovascular disease compared to those who have never smoked, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. 
  2. 25 key updates on Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech

    Over the past few months, four of the largest EHR companies have inked new partnerships with tech giants, launched new products and continued go-lives at hospitals and health systems across the U.S.
  3. Cerner revenue falls 4% to $1.37B in Q3: 5 details

    Cerner posted $1.37 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2020, down 3 percent from $1.43 billion during the same time last year.
  4. MedStar Health reduces certain ED visit lengths by nearly 63% via telehealth

    COVID-19 patients' length of stay in an ED was reduced by 62.5 percent when a telehealth treatment option was implemented at MedStar Health in Columbia, Md., according to an Oct. 26 news release.

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  1. Cerner CFO to depart: 3 things to know

    Cerner executive vice president and CFO Marc Naughton is leaving his post at the Kansas City, Mo.-based EHR company in 2021.
  2. AI investment dollars: How much money healthcare organizations are pouring into new projects

    Nearly three out of four healthcare organizations anticipate increasing their artificial intelligence tech and software funding this year, according to an Oct. 22 report from Deloitte.
  3. Fitbit CEO hints at company's telemedicine plans

    Telemedicine may be a key option for Fitbit to boost the wearable technology company's subscription service, according to co-founder and CEO James Park, Tech Spot reports.
  4. Documents show Sackler family's involvement in opioid operations

    Two U.S. representatives released documents Oct. 27 detailing the Sackler family's role in opioid sales for Purdue Pharma, which the family owned until it agreed to dissolve the company in an agreement reached with the Department of Justice.
  1. 8 recently launched healthcare marketing campaigns

    Below is a roundup of marketing campaigns launched by hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations during October.
  2. Sanofi, GSK pledge 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to WHO initiative

    Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline said Oct. 28 that they will provide 200 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to the World Health Organization's Covax initiative if the vaccine receives regulatory approval. 
  3. Kroger-owned pharmacies offering in-store rapid COVID-19 antibody tests

    Kroger Health is now offering rapid COVID-19 antibody tests at its pharmacies, the retailer said Oct. 28. 
  4. 11 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were reported since Oct. 21.    
  5. East Tennessee hospitals say COVID-19 surge could affect elective procedures

    Hospitals around Knoxville, Tenn., are warning that their volume of elective procedures may be affected if the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 remains high. 
  6. Baylor Scott & White deploys concussion test app to sidelines for student athletes

    Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in Tyler partnered with HitCheck, a cognitive assessment app, to bring mobile concussion tests to the sidelines for student athletes across the state, the hospital announced Oct. 28.
  7. Eli Lilly inks $375M deal with US to supply COVID-19 antibody drug

    Eli Lilly signed a $375 million deal with HHS to supply 300,000 vials of its experimental COVID-19 antibody treatment, the drugmaker announced Oct. 28.
  8. 3 insurers that laid off workers this year

    Here are three stories that involved health insurers laying off workers this year:
  9. How Yale New Haven Health handles the RCM challenge keeping CFOs up at night: 2 expert insights

    Identifying and prioritizing denials is one of the biggest pain points for health systems today, according to Rob Stucker, senior vice president of revenue cycle management at Experian Health.

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