Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. US renews COVID-19 emergency declaration for 8th time

    HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Jan. 14 renewed a public health emergency declaration over the COVID-19 pandemic for the eighth time.
  2. 1 in 5 Americans have had COVID-19

    Since the pandemic began, 1 in 5 Americans — or 20 percent — have contracted COVID-19 at one point, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. 
  3. 7 hospitals seeking CEOs

    Below are seven hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CEOs during the past week.
  1. Saint Vincent Hospital announces new leadership additions: 4 things to know

    Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., part of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, has added two new executives to its senior leadership team.
  2. Physician accused of spreading 'harmful' COVID-19 misinformation sues Houston Methodist

    A Houston physician who resigned her provisional privileges at Houston Methodist Hospital after being suspended for using social media to spread what the hospital called "dangerous misinformation which is not based in science," is suing the hospital, according to Fox 26 Houston.
  3. Why AI in healthcare is at a standstill

    Artificial intelligence algorithms are trained on web data, but medical information is less widely available and more complex, leading AI tools to produce inaccurate results when used in the health field, Wired reported Jan. 16.
  4. Americans can now order free COVID-19 test kits; N95s to be shipped to pharmacies

    The federal government on Jan. 18 launched its website for Americans to request free rapid COVID-19 test kits be shipped to their homes. 

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  1. CDC updates mask information, stops short of changing recommendation

    The CDC on Jan. 14 updated its consumer mask webpage to reflect the levels of protection different masks and respirators offer against COVID-19. 
  2. Unilever fighting to buy GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer joint venture

    After three rejected bids, London-based Unilever said it is still interested in purchasing GSK Consumer Healthcare, which is a joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer and makes popular products such as Advil and ChapStick, The New York Times reported Jan. 18.
  3. J&J, Merck and Novo invest in health data company

    Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Novo Nordisk participated in a $150 million series E funding round for Verana Health, a digital health company that delivers data insights to drugmakers.
  4. Nonprofit hospital rating upgrades outpaced downgrades in 2021: Fitch

    Fitch Ratings upgraded the ratings of 17 nonprofit hospitals and downgraded 12 in 2021, and 87.3 percent of the sector had stable rating outlooks as of year-end 2021, according to a Jan. 18 report.

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  1. How 10 health systems are spending innovation investment dollars

    Here is a list of investments health systems made in digital health startups and internal innovation efforts since Jan. 10.
  2. Minnesota COVID-19 patient transferred to Texas after judge rules to keep him ventilated

    A ventilated patient with severe COVID-19 was transferred from Coon Rapids, Minn.-based Mercy Hospital to a Texas care facility after a judge issued a restraining order stopping the hospital from turning life-saving machines off, according to a Jan. 17 report from the Star Tribune.
  3. The opportunities awaiting UPMC in China

    When Randy Jernejcic, MD, heads to China later this year to head UPMC's new 500-bed hospital in Chengdu, it will be more like a second homecoming than an entirely new adventure.
  4. 4th shot offers less protection against omicron, Israeli study suggests

    While a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine led to an increase in antibodies, it was not enough to protect against infection from the omicron variant, preliminary findings from an Israel-based study suggest. 
  5. 6 cardiologists on the move

    Below are six cardiologists who recently joined new practices or stepped into new roles. 
  6. 4 states announce new COVID-19 guidelines for nursing homes 

    Several states have recently announced new guidelines and initiatives to combat rising COVID-19 infections among residents and staff at nursing homes.
  7. 6 ways Gen Z interacts differently with the healthcare system

    Compared with older generations, members of Generation Z were more likely to report feeling emotionally distressed during the COVID-19 pandemic but less likely to seek help for their behavioral health challenges, according to a report by management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. 
  8. New COVID-19 lockdown in China could worsen supply chain issues, experts say 

    Experts say many industries could face further supply chain disruptions if China imposes widespread lockdown measures to curb the spread of the omicron variant, The New York Times reported Jan. 16. 
  9. Federal COVID-19 test distribution plan further strains US supply

    The Biden administration's plan to distribute 1 billion rapid COVID-19 tests is putting pressure on manufacturers and distributors to bolster tight nationwide supplies, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 16. 

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