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TEDMED 2020 Sessions Announced
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TEDMED 2020 Sessions Announced

Inspiring a healthier humanity requires us to push ourselves forward to drive progress while reflecting on the astonishing accomplishments we have achieved. At TEDMED 2020, we will connect with an invisible force that has been propelling humanity forward for millennia—wonder. To experience wonder is to experience the power and possibilities that lay beneath the surface waiting to be discovered. As our 2020 Stage Program and community conversations evolved, we began to see the power of wonder at work. From the great wisdom that can be found in wonder to the duality of wonders of the human mind, wonder is abound at TEDMED 2020. As such, we are pleased to share our five 2020 Sessions with you: Our 2020 Editorial Advisory Board and Research Scholars have been deeply involved in...
TEDMED 2020 Meetups
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TEDMED 2020 Meetups

TEDMED Meetups, uniquely designed conversations, engage the entire TEDMED community to share their individual perspectives and voices to help improve humanity’s health. Read on to view some of the details of these captivating conversations taking place at TEDMED 2020. Meetup 1 Tuesday, March 3rd, 8:00 am- 8:45 am Climate and Culture, A Health Equity Conversation Hosted by RWJF and facilitated by Malik Yakini, an RWJF Health Equity Expert Speakers: Cheryl Holder, Jyoti Sharma, and Thijs Biersteker Description: When we consider human health, we must consider climate health. Whether it is the impact the climate has on the social determinants of our health, the depletion of essential resources like water caused by a changing climate, or how we can harness art to better connect ourse...
Q&A with Peter Piot about COVID-19
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Q&A with Peter Piot about COVID-19

At TEDMED’s gathering in Boston, we had the opportunity to interview on stage the world’s top virologist, Peter Piot. In plain English, Peter provided solid scientific knowledge about COVID-19 and how to cope with it. Short answers, clear explanations. Based on that live interview here is a written Q & A supporting the responses to 100 questions on COVID-19 with Peter Piot. We hope that you will find this additional content helpful and that you will share the video Q & A and this blog post with your friends and family. 1. TEDMED: Let’s start with the basics. What is a virus? A virus is a very tiny particle of RNA or DNA genetic code protected by an outer protein wrapper. 2. TEDMED: How common are viruses? Viruses are everywhere. It’s amazing to realize that...
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...
4 Ways Healthcare Leaders Can Use Data & Analytics to Prevent, Predict and Prepare for a Pandemic
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4 Ways Healthcare Leaders Can Use Data & Analytics to Prevent, Predict and Prepare for a Pandemic

Laura Craft, Vice President, Analyst at GartnerCOVID-19 has put a laser focus on how data and analytics are powerful tools for healthcare leaders to predict, prepare, and respond in a proactive and coordinated manner to a global health crisis. Throughout the pandemic, data has been used to document the spread of the virus, project the curve, and more. Responses and actions to mitigate viral spread hinge on real-time data collection, governance, and analysis for instant decision making. The exchange of reliable, real-time data between the government and local health authorities has been proven vital. Yet, while some data and analytics applications have been highly impactful, the crisis has also highlighted ways that data could have been used more effectively. The demand for data and ...
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 ...
Novant Health, UNC Health unveil new details of proposed partnership
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Novant Health, UNC Health unveil new details of proposed partnership

Alia Paavola - Friday, June 26th, 2020 Print  | Email In a bid to affiliate with or own New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C., Novant Health signed a letter of intent to partner with UNC Health and its medical school. The organizations have now released additional details about the plan to expand medical education opportunities. Under the partnership, Novant and UNC said they will expand the Wilmington branch campus of UNC School of Medicine from 18 to 30 students by 2026, enhance faculty development and establish a new UNC Health Sciences campus in the South Eastern Area Health Education Center in Greenville, N.C. In addition, Novant and UNC said they would develop a children's clinical service line for the area, create outreach clinics, offer a telehea...
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...
Rate of heart disease risk factors on the rise in younger adults, study shows
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Rate of heart disease risk factors on the rise in younger adults, study shows

The rate of metabolic syndrome — a group of risk factors linked to a higher likelihood of developing conditions such as heart disease — has risen in people between the ages of 20 and 40 years, a new study shows. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined data from a group of more than 17,000 volunteers, Health Day reports. The researchers compared data for the study participants in 2011-2012 to data in 2015-2016. They examined the rate of metabolic syndrome, which is a group of factors that increases the risk of developing many serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The risk factors are a large waistline, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, high triglyceride levels and low levels of good cholester...
Ensuring clinical trials involve racially diverse participants: 4 strategies
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Ensuring clinical trials involve racially diverse participants: 4 strategies

Katie Adams - Friday, June 26th, 2020 Print  | Email Clinical trials in the U.S. have a long history of failing to accurately represent the demographics of communities for which they aim to create treatments, and COVID-19 vaccine trials are no exception, according to STAT. Vaccine trials should seek to involve participants from the communities facing the highest risk of infection. With the rate Black and Latinx communities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, current trials for the disease would need up to 40 percent of its participants to be Black or Latinx, a quota that is not being met. Kathryn Stephenson, MD, and Bisola Ojikutu, MD, who both serve as directors of infectious disease research at Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Mass...