Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Researchers testing ‘smart pacifier’ to track, relay NICU baby stats

    Researchers in the United States and South Korea are testing a prototype of a “smart pacifier” they hope will improve the care of babies in neonatal intensive care units.
  2. FDA rejects antidepressant as COVID-19 treatment: 3 notes

    The FDA has declined to authorize the common antidepressant fluvoxamine as a COVID-19 treatment.  
  3. 3 health tech startups land $87.5M in the last week

    Three digital health startups got a healthy round of funding over the last week:

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  1. Anthem, Google Cloud training AI to detect fraud, abnormalities in patients' health

    Anthem partnered with Google Cloud to create a synthetic data platform that can train AI algorithms to identify fraudulent claims and abnormalities in patients' health, The Wall Street Journal reported May 17. 
  2. HHS releases 3rd round of free COVID-19 tests 

    A third round of free at-home COVID-19 tests from the U.S. government are now available, NBC News reported May 17. 
  3. Froedtert to offer cancer proton therapy 

    Milwaukee-based Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin are planning to offer proton therapy for cancer patients requiring radiation therapy, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported May 16. 
  4. Mental health workers to strike at Allina Health, M Health Fairview

    Mental health workers from M Health Fairview and Allina Health, both based in Minneapolis, plan to strike May 24 unless they reach a deal on their first contracts, the Minnesota Reformer reported May 16.

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  1. From vulnerable to valued: 4 insights on connecting patients, providers, and payers with behavioral health care coordination

    The U.S. is experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
  2. 9 health tech companies on CNBC's 2022 disruptors list

    From women's health to at-home care, nine health startups made CNBC's 2022 disruptors list as companies with promise and potential. 
  3. 15 healthiest, least healthy states for seniors

    Utah is the healthiest state for adults older than 65 while Mississippi is the least healthy, according to the "America's Health Ranking 2022 Senior Report" from the United Health Foundation. 
  4. Struggling with price transparency laws? Wipfli leader shares tips and tricks

    As hospitals adjust to the price transparency rules that went into effect Jan. 1, 2021, Kelly Arduino, a healthcare industry leader for consulting and accounting firm Wipfli, is working with hospitals to help them comply with the rules.
  1. Why the best ideas in digital health are still to come

    Tom Andriola, vice chancellor of information technology and data and chief digital officer of University of California Irvine and UCI Health, is bullish on the future integration of technology in healthcare.
  2. UNC Health opens 80-bed tower

    Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health opened its 107,000-square-foot patient tower, which includes 80 patient beds and six inpatient dialysis bays, at UNC Hospitals Hillsborough (N.C.) Campus.
  3. FDA authorizes COVID-19 booster for kids 5-11

    The FDA authorized Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine booster for children ages 5 to 11 on May 17.
  4. GE urged to allocate scarce imaging dye to hospitals based on need

    A national shortage of contrast media is hindering hospital and health systems' ability to care for patients and what's available should be distributed based on need, the American Hospital Association said in a May 16 letter to GE Healthcare.
  5. Major for-profit hospitals' labor costs hit $12B in Q1

    Three of the four major for-profit hospital operators in the U.S. saw labor expenses spike in the first quarter of this year. 
  6. Former FDA digital chief joins Google Health

    Google appointed Bakul Patel, the former head of digital health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to develop and lead its unified digital health and regulatory strategy.
  7. CDC, CMS and others call for urgent action on patient safety

    A group of federal and industry safety leaders have issued an urgent call for healthcare organizations to rebuild the foundations for safe care that deteriorated during the pandemic. 
  8. COVID-19 public health emergency set to be extended

    HHS is set to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency past mid-July, Bloomberg reported May 16.
  9. 6 schools launching nursing programs

    Several colleges and universities have launched nursing programs and partnerships to address persistent shortages around the country.

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