Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. How healthcare marketers can use search data to improve strategy, according to economist

    Healthcare marketers can gather insights from search data to help them shape strategy to better reach target audiences, economist Grace Kite, PhD, said in a Nov. 30 article she wrote for Marketing Week.
  2. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  3. Walmart names new health and wellness exec: 5 details

    Cheryl Pegus, MD, will lead Walmart's healthcare division in her new role as executive vice president of health and wellness, effective Dec. 21.

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  1. 9 recent big tech partnerships in healthcare: Amazon, Google, Microsoft  

    Here are nine recent partnerships between healthcare organizations and big tech companies including Amazon, Google and Microsoft. 
  2. Johns Hopkins' Dwight Raum on the CIO's dual role with COVID-19 vaccines 

    When it comes to COVID-19 vaccine coordination, hospital and health system CIOs will play a dual role – one focused on both community distribution and employee distribution, according to Dwight Raum, interim vice president and CIO at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
  3. Rhode Island field hospital opens as demand for beds climbs: 5 notes

    Rhode Island opened a field hospital for COVID-19 patients Nov. 30 as hospitals fill up statewide, according to The Providence Journal.
  4. Many facilities did not report healthcare worker deaths during pandemic, KHN analysis shows

    A number of employers decided internally not to report healthcare worker deaths to occupational safety officials during the pandemic, many times because they deemed the deaths not work-related, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis. 
  1. 10 hospitals seeking pharmacy leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.
  2. Biden's plan to tackle the opioid epidemic: 5 things to know

    President-elect Joe Biden released an initial plan earlier this month to tackle the opioid epidemic, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. How grocery stores, retail pharmacies are prepping for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

    Retail pharmacies and supermarkets are buying freezers, training staff and hiring more employees in preparation to administer COVID-19 vaccines when one is authorized, The Wall Street Journal reports. 
  4. CDC panel to vote on who gets COVID-19 vaccine priority in emergency meeting

    Ahead of a COVID-19 vaccine authorization, the CDC's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices plans to vote during a Dec. 1 emergency meeting on who should be the first to receive a vaccine, reports CNN. 

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  1. COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record high in mid-November and are still rising, CDC says

    COVID-19 test positivity dipped slightly in mid-November, while hospitalizations hit a new high, according to the CDC's latest COVIDView report published Nov. 30. 
  2. Shortened quarantine would identify most COVID-19 cases, Gottlieb says

    The CDC's consideration to shorten the COVID-19 quarantine period means most infections would still be identified, Scott Gottlieb, MD, former commissioner of the FDA, told CBS News Nov. 29.
  3. Google Cloud launches healthcare interoperability program: 5 things to know 

    Google Cloud unveiled a new program Nov. 30 to help payers, providers and healthcare organizations prepare for the federal government's upcoming interoperability regulations.
  4. U of Utah Health names new biomedical informatics chair: 3 things to know 

    University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City appointed Yves Lussier, MD, as biomedical informatics chair, effective Feb. 1.
  5. COVID-19 patients most infectious 2 days before, 5 days after symptoms emerge, analysis finds

    SARS-CoV-2 viral load tends to peak during the first week of illness, making COVID-19 patients most infectious two days before symptom onset until about five days after, according to a recent study published in The Lancet. 
  6. McKinsey advised Purdue Pharma to pay pharmacies rebates for OxyContin overdoses

    McKinsey, the prestigious consulting firm that advised Purdue Pharma on how to ramp up OxyContin sales, recommended the drugmaker pay its distributors a rebate for every overdose the painkiller caused, according to a Nov. 27 New York Times report.  
  7. Medicare to implement new ICD-10 codes for COVID-19

    CMS has assigned Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups to six new ICD-10 diagnosis codes for COVID-19, which will go into effect Jan. 1.
  8. UK HealthCare names first COO

    UK HealthCare selected Peter Gilbert to serve as its first senior vice president and COO, the Lexington, Ky.-based health system said Nov. 30. 
  9. UC Health taps physician as CMO, interim COO

    UC Health promoted Evaline Alessandrini, MD, to executive vice president, CMO and interim COO, the Cincinnati-based health system said Nov. 30. 

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