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Philips Rolls Out Mobile ICUs in India to Tackle COVID-19, Can Be Deployed in 1 Day
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Philips Rolls Out Mobile ICUs in India to Tackle COVID-19, Can Be Deployed in 1 Day

What You Should Know: – Philips introduces first-of-a-kind mobile ICUs in India to tackle COVID-19 and other emergencies with each ICU unit capable of being deployed in one day. – Each mobile ICU comes pre-equipped with a state-of-the-art critical-care infrastructure, such as independent patient cubicles, plus anti-bacterial paint and high-end washrooms with a self-disinfection facility to avoid cross-contamination. – Next to the mobile ICUs Philips is also offering a dedicated tele-critical care command center solution for the Indian market helping hospitals to improve access to acute care and leverage scarce resources such as trained ICU staff in optimized ways. Philips today announced it introduced first-of-its-kind mobile Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in India designed to ...
Top 10 highest paying states for physicians in 2020
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Top 10 highest paying states for physicians in 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting employment for many physicians, more doctors than ever are on the hunt for a new position. Whether you are looking for something permanent or want to give locum tenens a try, compensation will be an important factor in where you choose to work. Medscape recently identified this year’s top 10 highest paying states for physicians. If you’re looking for a place to earn what you’re worth, look no further than these ten states.  1. Kentucky Physicians in Kentucky earn more than in any other state — bringing in $346,000 on average. Jumping from 6th place in 2019 to the top spot in 2020, the Bluegrass state is a good place to work if you want to earn top dollar. In addition to the nationally-ranked University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler ...
COVID-19:  Why Designers Must Play A Larger Role in Healthcare’s Future
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COVID-19: Why Designers Must Play A Larger Role in Healthcare’s Future

Stuart Karten, Principal of Karten Design The coronavirus outbreak has brought epic casualties as more than 7.3 million cases have been confirmed globally and more than 413,000 people–and counting–are known to have died. In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown flaws in our medical system, from basic preparedness to the coordinated distribution of medical equipment.  Within this global tragedy, there are stories of heroism and renewed mind power and energy addressing health care. In reaction to shortages, we’re seeing DIY masks and consortiums, like Shield Makers where one of our designers is helping his students produce 3-D printed reusable shields.  We’re also seeing state governments trying to navigate the very complex issue of public health versus economic depressio...
How Parkland’s COVID-19 Vulnerability Index Identifies Dallas Hot Spots by Zip Code
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How Parkland’s COVID-19 Vulnerability Index Identifies Dallas Hot Spots by Zip Code

PCCI’s Vulnerability Index: Uncovering and capturing factors in Dallas’ COVID-19 risk Taking the fight to COVID-19 Management of pandemic spread (e.g., COVID-19) has tested the healthcare, political, and social fabric of communities around the world. For all, the term “flatten the curve” has come to represent how specific measures, such as social distancing, can slow the spread of the virus, which in turn can help to mitigate the tidal surge that would overwhelm the capacity of the healthcare system. For any region, there is a critical window of opportunity to leverage advanced analytics, geospatial modeling (hot-spotting), and integrated patient-management tools to better equip civic leaders and care delivery teams with real-time information to mitigate the surge and save more live...
What is wrong with my lungs? 5 lung conditions to be aware of
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What is wrong with my lungs? 5 lung conditions to be aware of

We all know that our lungs are a vital organ, necessary to keep us alive, and if we don’t have a medical career, we can probably remember some of the information we were taught at high school and that’s about it. Something to do with aioli? Or is that the garlic dip? The good news is that for our bodies to work, we don’t need to know what they’re doing, they are able to function by themselves. But what happens when we get a pain, a rash, or an ache that we’ve never had before, and our body is unable to work as well as it usually does? With something as vital as the lungs, this can be quite alarming, and we suddenly wish we’d paid more attention in biology class. Difficulty breathing and pains in our chest are definitely not symptoms to be ignored, and knowing what the symptoms mean, how to...
Innovative solutions to domestic violence during pandemic are temporary Band-Aids
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Innovative solutions to domestic violence during pandemic are temporary Band-Aids

As a crisis line counsellor at the assaulted women’s helpline, Susanna comes home “emotionally and psychologically exhausted” from the stories she has heard during the COVID-19 pandemic. She recalls a desperate phone call from a woman new to Canada right after she left her home and abusive husband. As Susanna, not her real name, describes it, the situation mixed “economic dependency, immigration dependency, and isolation,” a combination she sees all too often. In what the United Nations is referring to as the “shadow pandemic,” gender-based domestic violence rates are rising worldwide during the pandemic. In Ontario’s York Region, police have reported a 22 per cent increase in intimate partner violence (IPV) incidents; federal reports show a 20 to 30 per cent increase in rates of gender...
Q/A: Xealth’s CEO Talks Preparing for the Digital Health Avalanche
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Q/A: Xealth’s CEO Talks Preparing for the Digital Health Avalanche

Mike McSherry, CEO of XealthXealth’s CEO and Cofounder Mike McSherry explain how healthcare systems can leverage the right data with the right digital health tools. There’s no doubt the swell that is big data has been building for some time. However, the question of how useful and all that data will continue to plague healthcare providers. The overwhelm of information is real, but so is the potential for providers to make actionable use of it, according to tech innovators. With doctors now prescribing more than medications — adding fitness trackers, meal delivery services, transportation, patient education, and home monitoring devices to treatment plans—technology has the potential to make patient-centered care a reality. However, we are currently in the Wild West of this field, w...
Telehealth claim lines increased more than 8,335% in April: Fair Health
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Telehealth claim lines increased more than 8,335% in April: Fair Health

Dive Brief: The volume of telehealth claim lines increased more than 8,335% in April 2020 compared to April 2019 as the pandemic continues to drive utilization, according to the newest analysis of insurance trends by nonprofit FAIR Health. Mental health diagnoses continue to drive the visits, followed by joint and soft tissue conditions and hypertension, suggesting more privately insured patients turned to telehealth to manage chronic conditions during the first peak in U.S. COVID-19 cases.  The Northeast, hit hardest by the coronavirus in April, saw a 26,209% increase in telehealth claim lines that month, while the Midwest, South and West saw their volumes increase by 6,753%, 6,038% and 3,967%, respectively. It's likely usage in the Southwest will jump in June a...
Epic Beaker Lab Implementation is a Team Effort
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Epic Beaker Lab Implementation is a Team Effort

The pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic are shining a light on the central importance of the lab to the clinical goals of a hospital or health system. COVID-specific challenges for hospital lab professionals range from new billing and documentation requirements to the setup and configuration of drive-through test facilities. These challenges are also highlighting the value of an integrated lab solution like Epic Beaker and the importance of properly planning and scoping the implementation of such a system.  As a long-time Beaker implementation consultant with multiple completed projects under my belt, I view the resource plan for a Beaker project as a critical success factor. Specifically, planners need to ensure ...
Post COVID-19: Medical Billing Finally Realizes the Value of Text-to-Pay
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Post COVID-19: Medical Billing Finally Realizes the Value of Text-to-Pay

Bird Blitch, CEO, and co-founder at Patientco Contactless payments were on the rise even before COVID-19 hit. But now, health systems should see them as essential. Consumers are increasingly wary of touching a credit card terminal that others have used, a perfect conduit for spreading germs. For consumers, text payments serve as a convenient contactless way to pay, but there are other unique benefits when this method of payment is applied in a healthcare setting. Let’s look at how text payments can fit into a health system’s revenue cycle management (RCM) and patient engagement strategies.  First, A Short History of Contactless Payments and Pandemics Although today’s consumers are used to accomplishing almost anything via an app on their phone or online, it is common practice fo...