Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Making health IT more resilient: 3 questions with Fairview CIO Sameer Badlani

    The strategic vision cycle has shortened significantly during the pandemic, said Minneapolis-based Fairview CIO Sameer Badlani, but he still sees great opportunity for digital transformation and more equitable healthcare delivery.
  2. Flu shot may lower death risk by 18 percent for people with heart disease, study finds

    Previous research has shown people with heart disease are more vulnerable to serious flu infections, and new findings indicate that a flu shot may significantly lower the risk of death and serious complications, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association's virtual Scientific Sessions conference. 
  3. Senators introduce bill to allocate $10B to buy PPE

    Senate Democrats introduced a bill Nov. 18 to boost the U.S. supply of personal protective gear by allocating $10 billion for the government to buy masks, gloves and face shields, The Hill reported. 

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  1. 5 ways to engage men in their own health

    Men are more likely to experience negative outcomes or complications from a number of procedures and conditions compared to women, creating a large window of opportunity for health systems to improve men's health engagement, according to a Nov. 18 Healthgrades report. 
  2. Bill to close orphan drug loophole clears House

    The House voted unanimously Nov. 18 to pass the Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act, according to Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., a co-sponsor of the bill. 
  3. States prepare for COVID-19 vaccination data reporting: 5 things to know

    Some states are retooling existing immunization registries to track future COVID-19 vaccinations, while others are creating new systems or using ones provided by the federal government, according to a Nov. 18 report from Kaiser Family Foundation.
  4. Merger would create 4-hospital system in Southern Illinois

    Carbondale, Ill.-based Southern Illinois Healthcare and Harrisburg (Ill.) Medical Center have signed a letter of intent to merge, according to The Southern Illinoisan. 

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  1. Patient shot at California hospital has died

    A patient shot by police Oct. 6 at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has died from wounds suffered when he was shot, the Los Angeles Times reported Nov. 17. 
  2. 3 lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught post-acute care providers

    From staffing challenges to lack of supplies, healthcare organizations across the country have faced many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Apple's 8 latest health-related job openings

    Apple recently posted several job openings related to its health business.
  4. Mayo Clinic inks data analytics partnership with AI-powered telehealth startup 

    Mayo Clinic formed a new collaboration focused on expanding clinical data analytics with K Health, a startup offering patients an artificial intelligence-powered symptom checker and telehealth consultations with primary care physicians, according to a Nov. 18 Venture Beat report.

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  1. Despite 76% net income drop, Beaumont giving $1,000 staff bonuses

    Despite a drop in net income of 76 percent, Beaumont Health said it's providing a $1,000 recognition payment for full-time employees and other financial perks to its staff.
  2. Every state will have COVID-19 vaccine within 24 hours of FDA's OK, federal officials say

    Federal health officials said Nov. 18 that every state will have  doses of a COVID-19 vaccine within 24 hours after one receives authorization from the FDA, The Hill reported. 
  3. 3 drugs that have failed to benefit COVID-19 patients in clinical trials

    As scientists work to find therapies to treat COVID-19, many drugs have been tested to see if they can be repurposed to treat the virus. 
  4. New Jersey health system rolls out UNC, Google-developed wellness app for front-line workers 

    Camden, N.J.-based Cooper University Health Care launched a wellness app created by Google Cloud and University of North Carolina to support the mental health of front-line workers and first responders, according to a Nov. 17 Central Record report.
  5. 7 recent hospital-union conflicts, agreements

    The following hospital-union events have been reported on or after Oct. 27:
  6. Cerner names healthcare consulting firm CEO to board of directors

    Cerner appointed retired Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, MD, of the U.S. Army to its board of directors, effective Nov. 16.
  7. Lee Health promotes several leaders

    Lee Health has made several l promotions as part of a strategy to standardize clinical care and boost collaboration between clinical and nonclinical leaders, the Fort Myers, Fla.-based health system said Nov. 6. 
  8. PhRMA releases industrywide principles on clinical trial diversity

    The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America released the first industrywide principles on clinical trial diversity, shortly after the FDA released its final guidance on clinical trial diversity. 
  9. Drug shortages are public health crisis, AMA says

    The American Medical Association has adopted a policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis and updated its approach to mitigating the shortages, it said Nov. 17.

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