Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Winter storms have delayed 6M vaccine doses, White House says

    Winter storms have caused delays in shipping 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, the White House said last week, according to The Hill. 
  2. Researchers underestimated the toll of EHR-related clinician burnout, study finds

    The informatics community did not accurately predict the major role EHRs would play in the clinician burnout crisis today, according to a study published Feb. 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 
  3. Kroger warns of data breach for some pharmacy customers

    Kroger confirmed Feb. 19 that some pharmacy customers may be affected by Accellion's data breach, which they employed for third-party file transfers.

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  1. Most vaccine trials don't report participants' ethnicities

    Two-thirds of vaccine clinical trials conducted in the past 10 years have not reported participants' ethnicities, according to research published Feb. 19 in JAMA Network Open.
  2. Sanofi, GSK launch new COVID-19 vaccine trial

    Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline began a new clinical trial for their protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the companies announced Feb. 22.
  3. New Hanover Regional denied approval to build $210M hospital

    North Carolina regulators rejected Wilmington, N.C.-based New Hanover Regional Medical Center's proposal to build a $210 million hospital, according to the Wilmington Star-News.
  4. Air pollution contributes to thousands of heart, lung related hospitalizations yearly, study finds

    Long-term exposure to air pollution, including to levels below current U.S. standards, is associated with thousands of hospitalizations for cardiac and respiratory conditions yearly among people ages 65 and older, according to research published Feb. 22 in Circulation.

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  1. More than a quarter of Americans take prescriptions not covered by their insurance, survey shows

    Twenty-eight percent of Americans report taking a prescription not covered by their insurance plan, according to survey results published Feb. 19 by prescription discount service GoodRx. 
  2. Most, least expensive US cities for prescription drugs

    New York City patients pay 24 percent more than the national average for prescription medications, making it the most expensive city for prescription drugs, according to a list published Feb. 19 by prescription discount service GoodRx. 
  3. Texas water, power issues continue as disaster declaration declared: 5 things to know

    Power outages and water issues continue in Texas amid the aftermath of winter storms that hit the Southern U.S. last week. 
  4. Senate hearings for HHS, surgeon general this week: 8 things to know

    President Joe Biden's nominee to lead HHS, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and his nominee for surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, MD, are set to appear before Senate committees this week. 

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  1. Thousands of physicians can't get into residency programs: 4 things to know

    There are as many as 10,000 physicians in the U.S. who remain "chronically unmatched" from residency programs despite their medical degrees, according to The New York Times.
  2. IBM's retreat from health business spotlights AI challenges in healthcare: 4 things to know 

    With IBM's recent exploration to sell off its health business unit IBM Watson Health, The Wall Street Journal highlighted several issues with AI in healthcare that can hinder tech companies' innovation efforts. 
  3. IT vendor pays ransom to recover nearly 30,000 patients' data stolen from California clinic, surgery center 

    Harvard Eye Associates and Alicia Surgery Center, both in Laguna Hills, Calif., recently began notifying almost 30,000 patients that their protected health information was exposed in a ransomware attack on their IT vendor. 
  4. CHS reports $1.6B in proceeds from selling 40 hospitals

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems announced a hospital divestiture plan in late 2017 and has almost completed its sell-off spree. Since 2018, the for-profit hospital operator has sold 40 hospitals., according to a Feb. 18 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commision. 
  5. Woman dies 2 months after contracting COVID-19 from donor lungs

    A woman with chronic obstructive lung disease contracted COVID-19 from a pair of donor lungs and died 61 days after the transplant — the first confirmed donor-to-recipient transmission of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to a case report published Feb. 10 in the American Journal of Transplantation. 
  6. Des Moines University's new $4M telehealth center to create nearly 700 jobs

    Des Moines (Iowa) University will use $4 million in grant and investment funds to open a new telehealth training center, which will create hundreds of new jobs, according to a Feb. 18 WHO Radio report. 
  7. Health insurance exec compensation: 5 things to know

    Growth in compensation for top health insurance executives outpaced their companies' revenue growth from 2019 to 2020, according to a brief from consulting firm BDO.
  8. Biden's contenders to head FDA: 6 things to know

    Janet Woodcock, MD, and Joshua Sharfstein, MD, are President Joe Biden's leading contenders to head the FDA, according to The New York Times.
  9. 6 health systems opening hospitals

    The following health systems have opened hospitals, advanced proposals to build them or announced plans for them in the last week:

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