Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. New virus in China similar to swine, Spanish flu, Fauci says

    Health officials are closely monitoring a new flu strain discovered in pigs in China, Anthony Fauci, MD, told the U.S. Senate's health and education committee June 30, according to CNBC.
  2. Texas governor suspends electives in 4 more counties

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation June 30 suspending elective surgeries at hospitals in four more counties to ensure beds are available for patients with COVID-19.
  3. Mayo Clinic to implement AI-powered predictive patient triage platform

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic on June 30 announced a new collaboration with Diagnostic Robotics to implement its artificial intelligence platform that predicts patients' hospitalization risk and triages them to appropriate care. 
  1. COVID-19 to cost hospitals $323 billion, American Hospital Association says

    Hospitals will lose $323.1 billion this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from the American Hospital Association. 
  2. HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball names new CEO

    Robert Marmerstein has been tapped to serve as CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball (Texas), effective July 13. 
  3. Union accuses Amita Health of recruiting out-of-state replacement nurses for strike

    The union representing nurses at Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill., is accusing hospital officials of violating state permitting regulations by recruiting out-of-state nurses to replace striking ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. 1 killed, 4 injured after SUV crashes into Atlanta hospital ER

    One person was killed and four others were injured June 30 after an SUV crashed into the lobby of an emergency room at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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  1. FCC adds nearly $200M in funding for rural healthcare program

    The Federal Communications Commission is increasing funding by $197.98 million for its rural healthcare program this year, it said in a June 30 news release.
  2. BCBS of Minnesota recognizes Essentia Health for rapid telehealth expansion

    Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health this month received Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota's Trailblazer Award for its efforts to improve virtual care access during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  3. Clinic employee takes phishing bait, may have exposed 19,000 patients' info: 4 details

    An employee of a Houston area health clinic responded to a phishing email that allowed unauthorized access to thousands of patients' information in the email account, the health system running the clinic said.
  4. Make pandemic telehealth expansions permanent, Google, 339 others urge Congress

    Google, Ascension and Johns Hopkins Health System are among 340 stakeholders that signed a June 29 letter urging Congress to make permanent the telehealth expansions granted during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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  1. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Microsoft, Adobe expand digital healthcare initiative: 3 details

    Walgreens Boots Alliance, Microsoft and Adobe launched a new digital offering for personalized healthcare and shopping.
  2. Georgia hospitals refuse to release COVID-19 hospitalization data amid surge

    Hospitals in Columbus, Ga., have declined to release COVID-19 hospitalization data to the public, according to a Ledger-Enquirer report, even as available county-level data shows that hospitalizations doubled in the month of June.
  3. New study supports tracking symptoms of healthcare workers to limit COVID-19 spread

    Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptom progression among healthcare workers is a likely indicator of spread of the illness, according to a new study published by PLOS ONE.
  4. The future of virtual care: How to establish a telehealth plan of action

    Telehealth has experienced unprecedented growth as the COVID-19 pandemic forced healthcare providers globally to reimagine the way they treat patients. Before the pandemic, policy barriers inhibited the widespread use of telehealth, but a relaxation of those policies at the start of the pandemic ushered in the mass adoption of virtual care platforms, and many of these new care models are expected to continue well into the future. 
  5. Tennessee's COVID-19 reporting system shuts down for 9 hours due to high volumes of data 

    The Tennessee health department's COVID-19 daily reporting system experienced downtime on June 28 due to an unplanned shutdown, Times News reports. 
  6. COVID-19 activity by region - June 30

    Below is a snapshot of what COVID-19's spread looks like across the U.S. as of June 30. 
  7. 50 top cardiovascular hospitals for 2020, ranked by IBM Watson Health

    IBM Watson Health released its annual 50 top cardiovascular hospitals ranking in November recognizing the top-performing U.S. hospitals for this service line. 
  8. CVS Health reportedly launching a GPO called Zinc

    CVS Health reportedly is launching a group purchasing organization for its pharmacy benefit manager business, according to a Nephron Research report cited by Drug Channels.
  9. Florida, Texas hospital CEOs: Uptick in hospitalizations among young Americans 'scary'

    Hospital CEOs in Florida and Texas are sounding the alarm on a trend they're seeing at their facilities: a rise in the number of young patients needing hospitalization for COVID-19.

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