Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety, Social Media And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - August 16, 2022.
-----This weekly blog is to explore the news around the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters.I will also try to highlightADHA Propagandawhen I come upon it.Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board were dated 6 December, 2018 and we have seen none since! It ’s pretty sad!Note: Appearance here is not to suggest I see any credibility or value in what follows. I will leave it to the reader to decide what is worthwhile and what is not! The point is to let people know what is being said / published that I have come upon.-----h...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 16, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

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The Inflation Reduction Act will make health care more accessible and affordable by extending premium subsidies in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces and lowering prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs for Medicare patients.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 15, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lovisa Gustafsson, Sara R. Collins Source Type: blogs

Long COVID cardiac studies: More questions than answers.
BY ANISH KOKA The NIH recently announced $1.2 billion dollars in funding for research on Long COVID. This is in part because of a faction of scientists that have mined electronic health record databases to find evidence that the long term impacts of COVID on a variety of different organ systems is significant. I have some concerns when it comes to the cardiac complications discussed related to Long COVID. One of Dr. Al-Aly’s long COVID papers illustrates the issues with using large datasets to differentiate signal from noise. The authors used the US Department of Veterans Affairs national healthcare datab...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy cardiac long covid studies NIH Source Type: blogs

Trauma and burnout among frontline health care workers
Thinking back to 2020, concerning the emergence of COVID-19 and the first hard lockdowns all over the world. Individuals from all walks of life were frightened, locking themselves in their homes for fear of being infected. Yet, frontline providers and health care workers had to carry on with their daily jobs. Were they less scared Read more… Trauma and burnout among frontline health care workers originally appeared in KevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 15, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician COVID Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Quantifying health inequalities in England
The Health Foundation - This analysis uses linked hospital and primary care data to examine socioeconomic, regional and ethnic variations in the prevalence of diagnosed long-term illnesses. The analysis also uses the Cambridge Multimorbidity Score to assess the relative impact of different patterns of illness on people and their health care needs. It finds a 60-year-old woman in the poorest areas of England has a level of ‘diagnosed illness’ equivalent to that of a 76-year-old woman in the wealthiest areas, while a 60-year-old man in the poorest areas of England will on average have a level of diagnosed illness e...
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - August 15, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs

A pervasive culture of time constraints in health care
Picture this. A patient in a hospital or rehab facility has just finished exercising with therapy. He is thirsty, and he thinks he might as well ask for a snack now because he will be hungry in 30 minutes. His therapist sets him up in his wheelchair (brakes locked), tray table with all necessities positioned Read more… A pervasive culture of time constraints in health care originally appeared in KevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 14, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 13th August 2022.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment-----https://ehrintelligence.com/news/va-appoints-functional-champion-for-ehr-modernization-programVA Appoints Functional Champion for EHR Modernization ProgramThe new functional champion appointment will assist the VA EHR Modernization program as it struggles with implementation delays and cost overruns, the VA stated.BySarai RodriguezAugust 05, 2022 - The Depart...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 13, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Next-Gen PBM Capital Rx Becomes a Tech Co: Inside New PBA Biz, $106M Series C & Big Plans
by JESSICA DAMASSA What’s the bigger news coming out of Capital Rx: that the next-gen PBM just closed a $106 million dollar Series C? Or, that the health tech startup’s business model has expanded significantly over the past 18 months, from PBM-only to PBM-plus-PBA, meaning that instead of just servicing the pharmacy benefits management needs of employer groups directly, that now they’re also adding to their business by selling THEIR TECH to other carriers and health systems so they can use it to administrate their benefits plans?? Capital Rx’s CEO AJ Loiacono takes those questions in stride, lets us in on w...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Jessica DaMassa AJ Loicano PBM Tech platforms Source Type: blogs

Learning, Relearning, and Not Learning the Lessons of COVID-19
Several recent announcements have demonstrated how little has been learned from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential need for a national reckoning to assess shortfalls and develop recommendations for preparing for and responding to future pandemics and other biological risks. To this end, the United States should create a national commission — not unlike the 9/11 Commission — to develop a way forward. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - August 12, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Daniel M. Gerstein Source Type: blogs

BD Acquires MedKeeper to Offer Cloud-based, Connected Pharmacy Software
Acquisition adds to company’s recent growth in high-technology pharmacy solutions and further accelerates the company’s commitment to Smart, Connected Care – offering a customizable platform to optimize IV workflow BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, announced today it has acquired MedKeeper, a provider of modern, cloud-based pharmacy management applications. MedKeeper strategically complements BD’s existing presence in the pharmacy – where the company has pioneered solutions in compounding, logistics workflow, controlled substance management an...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 11, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Healthcare IT News Tags: Health IT Company Healthcare IT BD BDX Becton Dickinson and Company Health IT Acquisitions Healthcare M&A IV Workflow Management Medication Management Solution MedKeeper Mike Garrison NYSE: BDX Source Type: blogs

Heart Health Innovator Cleerly Closes Series C Funding Round with $223 Million
Cleerly, the company creating a new standard of care for heart disease, announced that it has closed a Series C financing round of $223 million. This new funding brings the total raised by the fast-growing health care company to $279 million, which includes its Series B round in 2021. “At Cleerly, we are passionate about our mission to create a new standard of care for heart disease,” said James Min, MD, FACC, FESC, MSCCT, CEO and founder of Cleerly. “We are grateful for this round of financing that will further enable our work and believe it provides a resounding vote of confidence in our vision for the future of ca...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 11, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Healthcare IT News Tags: AI/Machine Learning Health IT Company Healthcare IT Cardiovascular Care Cardiovascular Disease Cleerly Computed Tomography CT Fidelity Health IT Funding Health IT Fundings Health IT Investment James Min T. Rowe Price Source Type: blogs

HealthTechDeals Episode 41 | Cera, Birdie, Theator, Tebra, Diagnostic Robots
It’s a tale of two markets: on one side we have layoffs, sinking stock prices, and all sorts of trouble, but on the other side we’ve got some good bills passed and some pretty great fundraising! In this episode, Jess and I dive more into the dual nature of the state of health tech. Is it the best of times and the worst of times? We find out, and talk through some recent multimillion-dollar deals: Cera raises $320 million; Birdie raises $30 million; Theator raises $24 million; Tebra raises $72 million; Diagnostic Robotics raises $45 million. -Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Tech Deals Birdie Cera Source Type: blogs

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The Biden administration has proposed a new rule that would restore and extend civil rights protections in health care that were rolled back in the Trump era        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 11, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Katie Keith, Timothy S. Jost Source Type: blogs

Educators' Poor Morale Matters, Even If They Don't Quit. Here's Why
State and district education leaders can take steps now to reduce teacher principal stress this fall in two ways: Recognize that job-related stress is systemic and that educators closer to the classroom may experience more of it, and talk with teachers and principals about the sources of stress in their job, and what could alleviate them. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - August 11, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Elizabeth D. Steiner; Heather L. Schwartz; Melissa Kay Diliberti Source Type: blogs

In Search of an Equity Lens: A Physician's Journey
Patient health outcomes, communication with providers, and overall patient satisfaction improve when patients and providers share a similar background. Further, diverse work environments may positively impact health care provider job satisfaction. Increasing diversity in health care work settings is a first important step that could help to increase equity and inclusion in these environments. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - August 11, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Mahshid Abir Source Type: blogs