It’s a contradiction that’s long slowed the forward march of artificial intelligence in medicine: Machine learning models need to be trained on lots of diverse data from hospitals around the world ’ but those hospitals are often reluctant to ship out their data due to privacy concerns, legal issues, and a cautious culture. One promising
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UnitedHealth Group and Microsoft partnered to launch a tool that allows employers to screen workers for COVID-19 symptoms. The smartphone app, called ProtectWell, asks users a series of questions to screen for symptoms or exposure to the coronavirus. Employers can then direct employees who may have been infected to get tested; results will be reported
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As thunder crashes and lighting strikes, a curly-haired brunette climbs behind the wheel of a beige SUV, the side of which reads “Bayada.” “I’ll be there,” she says, right before hanging up her cell phone and driving off into the storm. “Their tradition was forged on the battlefield,” a booming voice narrates. “Today, they serve
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Durian fruit tree Photo credit: 123RF My good friend Lenny Karpman, a cardiologist I worked with during my days as an emergency physician at Kaiser San Francisco, has written a delicious book. It is aptly titled Foods That Confuse and Amuse: 1200 Eclectic Names Demystified.  The book is the perfect reference for foodies who want
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Insight into how the home health industry’s large, publicly traded companies have been impacted by the coronavirus continues to roll in. The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) was considerably affected by COVID-19 in the first quarter of 2020, leadership said during a Thursday conference call. Nonetheless, the Idaho-based company is optimistic about its near-term growth
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Hospitals that in normal times derive most of their revenue from patients with private insurance received more than twice as much federal coronavirus relief funding per bed than the hospitals that get the smallest share of private insurance money, finds a new KFF analysis of the first $50 billion in relief grants. Institutions representing the
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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, so has the national conversation surrounding hazard pay for essential front-line workers. Since the coronavirus outbreak began, in-home care workers have helped lead the charge on care delivery, often putting their health and wellness at risk. To reward those workers and encourage them to keep on fighting, many home-based
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Working out at home is convenient and affordable. (Photo source: iStock) Happiness is the greatest wealth one can accumulate. Good health is a vital currency of this fortune. Keeping body and mind in good condition, especially in trying times, is imperative if you wish to lead a happy life. Exercising outdoors in the fresh air is
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Excuses, excuses, excuses. Who hasn’t used one or more of them to justify why they can’t (won’t) exercise. The problem is most of them are bogus and can easily be debunked. Let’s take a look at some common (and beloved) excuses for not exercising. And, the reasons why they just don’t hold up. Is your
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It was a shift that began long before the pandemic: Tech companies, health providers, and patients alike were increasingly looking to remote devices like miniature electrocardiograms and blood pressure cuffs connected to the internet that let clinicians keep tabs on care from afar. Now, with virtual care emerging as a safer alternative to in-person care,
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Photo Source: iStock Photos Editor’s note: Our understanding of the clinical picture of COVID-19 is rapidly evolving as the current pandemic unfolds. One important aspect of the disease is what appears to be a greater risk of blood clots, particularly in people with severe disease. Unfortunately, clinicians are faced with managing patients with this serious
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Call it the big disconnect. Thousands of healthcare provider groups face financial ruin. Tens of millions of Americans are losing insurance coverage. Yet private health insurers are doing just fine, thank you. So far, Congress has responded only to the provider crisis. Social distancing has cut hospital revenue by an estimated 30% to 40%. Local
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The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has launched an investigation into the clinical trial for a herpes vaccine by an American company because it said its officials were not notified about the experiments. The vaccine research has sparked controversy because the lead investigator, a professor with Southern Illinois University, and the U.S. company he co-founded did
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Livongo Health, a digital health company focused on patients with chronic conditions, has raised $105 million in a Series E round. The startup also unveiled a new partnership with Cambia Health Solutions, a nonprofit health insurance company. Livongo utilizes connected devices and virtual coaching to assist patients with diabetes and hypertension. The latest fundraise was spearheaded by
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The healthcare industry is undergoing a transformative period in which new and innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), are revolutionizing standard processes to improve efficiency, enhance patient experiences, and develop cost-saving measures. This presents exciting opportunities for investors, but also some challenges that must be considered before making a significant investment. Here are a
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The MiniMed 670G system from Medtronic When Medtronic won approval for the MiniMed 670G from the FDA in 2019, it was a big deal. Advertised as “The World’s First Hybrid Closed Loop System,” it is the first commercial product of its kind – able to automate insulin delivery and requiring lesser patient input than in
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