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Black Lives Matter: Health IT Industry, Where Are You?
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Black Lives Matter: Health IT Industry, Where Are You?

All lives truly matter. However, the world does not exist in a vacuum void of institutional racism, subconscious, and implicit bias. As a result, every life within America is not valued the same, as is evident by the recent George Floyd murder. When all lives are not treated with the same opportunities and respect, whether in matters of criminal justice, employment, housing, education, health, and healthcare evidence shows the result is that only some lives actually matter. One cannot change the evidence and facts surrounding the existence of inequity merely to appease the unweakened mind of individuals who simply chose [not] to self-awaken intellectually.  As a result, within America, all lives haven’t mattered. Today, those lives, which happen to not be treated the same within the a...
14 health systems with strong finances
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14 health systems with strong finances

Here are 14 health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to reports from Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings. Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Hospital and health system names were compiled from credit rating reports and are listed in alphabetical order. 1. Advocate Aurora Health, which has dual headquarters in Milwaukee and Downers Grove, Ill., has an "Aa3" rating and positive outlook with Moody's and an "AA" rating and stable outlook with S&P. Moody's said it expects Advocate Aurora to maintain low leverage, a favorable liquidity position and healthy long-term margins, despite the near-term impact from COVID-19.  2. Phoenix-based Banner Health has an "AA-" rating and stable outlook with ...
Common cancer treatments not linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes, study shows
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Common cancer treatments not linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes, study shows

Receiving certain common treatments, such as chemotherapy, did not worsen outcomes for cancer patients diagnosed with COVID-19, a new study shows. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, included 423 cancer patients diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 10 and April 7 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The study shows that 40 percent of the patients were hospitalized for COVID-19, and 20 percent developed severe respiratory illness. About 9 percent needed mechanical ventilation. Twelve percent died. Researchers also found that metastatic disease, recent chemotherapy or major surgery within the previous month were not significantly linked to hospitalization or severe respiratory illness due to COVID-19. But use of immunotherapy drugs c...
Sentara Healthcare opens $93.5M cancer center
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Sentara Healthcare opens $93.5M cancer center

Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare has opened the $93.5 million, 253,000-square-foot Sentara Brock Cancer Center. The center, in Norfolk, offers comprehensive cancer treatments, as well as complementary therapies, such as massage, art and music therapy. It also includes an outpatient palliative care clinic and a rehabilitation gym. The center will house care teams from Virginia Oncology Associates, Eastern Virginia Medical School medical group and other community providers, all based in Norfolk, who are moving into the building in phases through spring 2021. The cancer care teams will be led by a physician steering committee of clinical leaders from Sentara, Virginia Oncology Associates and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Sentara began building the center in March 201...
Could I have stomach cancer? Stomach cancer symptoms and diagnosis
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Could I have stomach cancer? Stomach cancer symptoms and diagnosis

Take a look at the stats for Stomach Cancer, also known as Gastric Cancer, and you’ll realise it’s not an easy one to diagnose. Out of an estimated 28,000 cases in the US each year, nearly a third, 10,960, are expected to die. The figures in the UK are even worse with only 15% of patients expected to live beyond 10 years. The real clue lies in the fact that nearly a third of British patients first present with the illness in their emergency or A&E department, and given that the typical initial symptoms such as indigestion, wind or heartburn aren’t exactly emergency symptoms, this implies that most patients are experiencing a substantial and often fatal delay in getting a diagnosis. As stomach cancer symptoms are often easily mistaken for less serious conditions, it’s understandable tha...
What is chronic pelvic pain? Pelvic pain symptoms and causes
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What is chronic pelvic pain? Pelvic pain symptoms and causes

Chronic pelvic pain is pain in the pelvic area (below your belly button and above your hips) which lasts 6 months or longer and is affecting your quality of life.  It affects 15-20% of women of reproductive age. Chronic pelvic pain can be intermittent or constant and it may present as a dull ache or it can be sharp.  There may be a pattern to when chronic pelvic pain develops if its related to menstruation (monthly period/menses), it may occur before or after eating (postprandial), whilst passing urine, or maybe during sexual intercourse.  Chronic pelvic pain is difficult to diagnose, treat and cure and so is a frustrating symptom for patient and doctor.  (more…)
Team up: XERO Viewer & Microsoft Teams Integration for faster COVID-19 Response at PAHT, UK
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Team up: XERO Viewer & Microsoft Teams Integration for faster COVID-19 Response at PAHT, UK

Team up: XERO Viewer & Microsoft Teams Integration for faster COVID-19 Response at PAHT, UK#StrongerTogether, with a real-life experience at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT) in the UK. As a response to COVID-19 and the need for intra-hospital and outer-hospital collaboration and image sharing Agfa HealthCare and Microsoft joined forces to connect their XERO Universal Viewer and Microsoft Teams platforms.Realizing the potential benefit of connecting both platforms, Agfa HealthCare, Microsoft and PAHT deployed a Share to Microsoft Teams integration.  The integrated solution allows the over 450 users across the Trust to quickly share urgent imaging results from XERO and collaborate with other healthcare professionals connected to Microsoft Teams.“The Share to Microsoft Teams i...
E-cigarettes and vaping: the bad, the good, and the unknown
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E-cigarettes and vaping: the bad, the good, and the unknown

In the winter of 2015, James Hilgreen, a 41 year-old man from New York, kicked an old habit– one that millions of people around the world have been trying to beat for years. Hilgreen started smoking at the age of 18. He told news outlet CNN that he had tried using patches, gum and nicotine spray to quit, but failed each time. It was only with the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) that he finally found success. Four years later, just over 900 miles west, Adam Henreder, a 17 year-old from Illinois, was hospitalized for one month in the intensive care unit with e-cigarette and vaping associated lung injury (EVALI). He had never previously used tobacco and started vaping to “fit in.” He was unaware of any health risks when he started using e-cigarettes and is now an advocate to prevent their use...
Is it time to implement one national license for Canadian doctors?
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Is it time to implement one national license for Canadian doctors?

*Editor’s note: Provincial licensing of medical professionals, including doctors, may become a barrier to redistributing our work force during this pandemic. Rather than one large outbreak, COVID-19 will cause many small ones that will vary in scope, size and duration. Some regions of Canada will have a greater need for personnel than others, and demand for virtual care professionals will increase.  We bumped up this piece because this debate is relevant now.   When Kyle Sue’s mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer, he was working in Nunavut as a family doctor. He immediately made plans to return home to support her.  But as the only family physician serving his community, he needed to find someone to cover for him. This was not an easy task, in part because the process to obtain a...
Finding the Right Florida Depression Treatment Program
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Finding the Right Florida Depression Treatment Program

Depression is a mental health condition that impacts millions of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 8.1 percent of adults over the age of 20 may have depression. The condition is a mood disorder that can severely impact the way you feel, think, and behave. Many people do not feel like themselves when they experience symptoms of depression. Learn how Promises Five Palms can help with our mental health treatment program.Depression can be a debilitating, and many people seek out an effective Florida depression treatment program. Treatment options provide you with an opportunity to improve your mental health through evidence-based counseling and other techniques.Understanding DepressionDifferent kinds of depression exist, and the different causes of d...