Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CDC approval delays are tying up N95 supplies, mask-makers say

    The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health faces a backlog of applications from manufacturers seeking regulatory approval for N95s and other air-filtering masks, Roll Call reported Jan. 19.
  2. Kaiser to offer repeat COVID vaccinations to nearly 4,000 people who may have received low dose

    After discovering that about 3,900 people who received Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations at the Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek (Calif.) Medical Center in late 2021 may have received a slightly less than recommended dose, Kaiser announced it will offer repeat vaccinations to those potentially affected, the health system said in a statement shared with Becker's.
  3. 25% of US adults inactive, CDC map shows

    About 25 percent of adults in the U.S. are not active enough to protect their health, according to the CDC's physical inactivity maps updated Jan. 20. 
  1. Could robots be the future of elder care? 

    The World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, there will be 1.4 billion people older than 60 on the planet. Caring for this population will require intensive care from health professionals, but robots might help ease the burden, Nature reported Jan. 19.
  2. Digital health funding reaches record $57.2B: 5 things to know

    The digital health industry raised a record amount of funding, with growth to the sector increasing 79 percent since 2020, according to a 2021 report released by CB Insights on Jan. 20.
  3. 2 Michigan hospitals collaborate on Epic EMR system

    Helen Newberry (Mich.) Joy Hospital and Healthcare Center and Midland-based MyMichigan Health joined forces to implement a new Epic EMR system for patients at Helen Newberry.
  4. Anthem CEO, President Gail Boudreaux awarded highest NCAA honor

    Gail Boudreaux, Anthem CEO and president, was awarded the National Collegiate Athletic Association's highest individual honor: the Theodore Roosevelt Award. 

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  1. AAMC, AAHC to merge

    The Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Academic Health Centers have approved a merger agreement.
  2. OSF HealthCare, U of Illinois to help fund 20 health tech research teams

    The Jump ARCHES program, a partnership between Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, will fund a program to develop technologies and devices to enhance healthcare delivery and medical training.
  3. Antimicrobial resistance accounts for more global deaths than HIV, malaria, study finds

    An estimated 1.27 million people around the world died directly from antimicrobial-resistant bacterial infections in 2019, according to a study published Jan. 19 in The Lancet. Antimicrobial resistance was also a factor in nearly 5 million deaths globally, the estimates show. 
  4. Patients could wait days for a hospital bed in Southern California

    Amid the latest COVID-19 surge fueled by the omicron variant, some Southern California hospitals are facing a bottleneck in their ability to move patients treated in the emergency room to a hospital bed, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 20.

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  1. Walgreens, VillageMD to open 8 more primary care clinics in Arizona

    Walgreens and VillageMD said Jan. 20 they will open eight Village Medical at Walgreens locations this year in the metro area of Tucson, Ariz.
  2. Joint Commission, American Heart Association launch heart attack certification program

    The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association launched the Comprehensive Heart Attack Center Certification program on Jan. 19 to advance care for the most complex and severely ill cardiac patients. 
  3. Blood collection tubes are in short supply: FDA

    All blood specimen collection tubes were added to the FDA's device shortage list on Jan. 19 amid an increase in demand and recent supply issues.
  4. 10 systems seeking supply chain talent

    Ten health systems have posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  5. 3 states where health officials say omicron is likely peaking

    The omicron surge has yet to peak nationwide, but some states are reporting a recent drop in COVID-19 cases or hospitalizations.
  6. The rise of telehealth puts spotlight on data privacy

    Health data has transformed healthcare and with the rise of telehealth, patient data is being acquired quickly, but healthcare facilities must balance healthcare data collection with patient privacy, Raconteur reported Jan. 19.
  7. Mayo Clinic wins domain name dispute with porn site

    The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, part of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, has won a case alleging its name was being used to divert people to a pornographic website. 
  8. Unilever won't raise offer for GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer joint venture

    After three rejected bids, London-based Unilever is throwing in the towel, stating that it will not raise its $68 billion offer to purchase GSK Consumer Healthcare, the joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 19.
  9. HCA hit with antitrust lawsuit in Florida

    HCA Healthcare, a for-profit hospital operator based in Nashville, Tenn., is facing a federal antitrust case in Florida concerning the orthopedic surgery market. 

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