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  1. Mount Carmel West Hospital, 3 pharmacists cited by pharmacy board in fatal overdoses

    Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel West Hospital and three of its pharmacists have been cited by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy for approving or failing to prevent fatal doses of pain medications from being administered to 28 near-death patients, according to The Columbus Dispatch. 
  2. Merck to cut 500 US jobs

    Citing a need to shift resources to different research and development projects, Merck said it will eliminate 500 U.S. jobs by Jan. 3, according to EndPoints News.
  3. Johns Hopkins hosts pandemic simulation

    The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security held a pandemic preparedness exercise Oct. 18 in Baltimore to highlight the economic threats of global disease outbreaks.

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  1. VA left thousands of patient records open to view in shared drives

    A regional Veterans Affairs Department in Milwaukee mishandled patients personal data, leaving medical records, internal communications and other information available for unauthorized personnel to access, according to Nextgov.
  2. Microsoft, Nuance partner to develop 'exam room of the future' with the help of AI

    Microsoft and Nuance announced Oct. 17 that they are teaming up to create the "exam room of the future" using artificial intelligence and other technologies.
  3. Facebook's blood donation tool expands to entire US

    In an effort to combat blood shortages, Facebook expanded its blood donation tool to the entire continental U.S., according to Business Insider.
  4. J&J to pay $117M to settle pelvic mesh suits

    Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon will pay nearly $117 million to settle claims that they misrepresented the risks of transvaginal surgical mesh devices, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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  1. How WakeMed is reaching new heights for innovation, including with its drone program

    Innovation in healthcare isn’t always about finding a new piece of artificial intelligence or adding shiny equipment to the operating room. Sometimes, it’s as simple as changing a process to improve the patient experience: Like allowing them to schedule appointments online. 
  2. Cerner increases scale in federal space with acquisition of IT consulting firm

    Cerner announced Oct. 18 it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AbleVets, an IT consulting and engineering firm focused on federal health clients.
  3. 28 jobs cut at CHI St . Vincent in Arkansas

    CHI St. Vincent has cut 28 hospital positions in Arkansas, attributing the move to shifting healthcare needs, Arkansas Business reported.
  4. Cyclone cuts off EHR, email access at Maine health system

    Several Northern Light Health hospitals lost EHR and email access Oct. 17 after a nor'easter storm caused power outages across Maine, Bangor Daily News reports.

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  1. Google taps former ONC national coordinator for chief health officer role

    Karen DeSalvo, MD, has been appointed Google's first chief health officer, the tech giant confirmed to CNBC.
  2. Michael Jordan opens medical clinic in North Carolina

    Basketball legend Michael Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics funded by him and his family in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 17, according to The Charlotte Observer.
  3. UPMC Chief Financial Officer Rob DeMichiei to retire

    Rob DeMichiei, executive vice president and CFO of UPMC, is retiring at the end of the year, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  4. Vaping cases near 1,500 mark: 6 updates

    The CDC reported 180 new cases of vaping-related illnesses this week, bringing the national case count to 1,479 as of Oct. 15.
  5. 18 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

    The following hospital lawsuits were reported in the past month, beginning with the most recent.
  6. 4 reasons for medical coders to query a provider about documentation

    With documentation queries to providers, it is important for coding professionals, clinical documentation improvement professionals and other healthcare professionals to know the most appropriate times to query, according to a post on the American Association of Professional Coders website.
  7. Health and well-being coaching codes approved: 4 things to know

    The American Medical Association has approved new codes for health and well-being coaching, according to the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
  8. 'Dollars for Docs': 20 drug, device makers that paid physicians the most last year

    Genentech and Zimmer Biomet were among the device or pharma companies that paid U.S. physicians the most in 2018, according to data released Oct. 17 by ProPublica's Dollars for Doctors Project. 
  9. Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System names Duane Miller CFO

    Hutchinson (Kan.) Regional Healthcare System has selected Duane Miller to serve as CFO, according to a Hutch Post report.

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