CDC Zika Florida

Tom Frieden, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a widespread outbreak of the Zika virus is unlikely because the Aedes species of mosquitoes don’t travel more than 150 meters in their life. 

By Jessica Davis 04:08 pm July 29, 2016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden, MD said that Florida has aggressively sprayed mosquitos to control Zika and that the CDC is ready to deploy to the area if need be.
Hillary Clinton abortion gun

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said she is looking to repeal the 2nd Amendment and, instead, intends to work with responsible gun owners to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and terrorists. Source: Gage Skidmore. 

By Tom Sullivan 02:30 pm July 29, 2016
At the Democratic National Convention the Presidential nominee touched on her ideas to create jobs, pay women the same as men, defeat ISIS, enact immigration and education reform and address violent crime. Here’s what she said about healthcare. 
Lexington Medical Center whistleblower
By Bernie Monegain 12:57 pm July 29, 2016
The lawsuit pointed to illegal filing of Medicare claims and unlawful referrals.

Florida Governor Rick Scott urged residents who want to be tested to contact their county health department. Photo: Gage Skidmore. 

By Jessica Davis 12:21 pm July 29, 2016
The Florida Department of Health said the transmissions may be happening in one square mile area in Miami.
Beacon Cerner revenue cycle

Beacon CIO Mark Warlick said the hospital intends to align tasks such as billing, registration and scheduling on a single platform.

By Bernie Monegain 11:17 am July 29, 2016
The hospital is working to integrate systems to it can enable clinicians to use data for more effective decision making.
speech recognition software
By Jessica Davis 10:55 am July 29, 2016
The Chicago-area hospital streamlined clinical documentation services and workflows using Nuance’s Dragon Medical One cloud-based platform.
Precision medicine
By Jack McCarthy 10:20 am July 29, 2016
Cancer treatments, drug discovery, genome sequencing, president Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, are all driving big spending for personalized and precision medicine. 

Medicare awarded five stars to relatively obscure hospitals and at least 40 hospitals that specialize in just a few types of surgery, such as knee replacements.

By Kaiser Health News 09:56 am July 29, 2016
Only 102 hospitals of 3,617 hospitals received the top rating of five stars.
EHRs patient experience
By Jack McCarthy 09:28 am July 29, 2016
A new study found that patients of all ages, with Baby Boomers leading the charge, are interested in accessing medical records online and tapping into portals to book appointment, pay bills, and refill prescriptions. 
ONC Interoperability IXTF

Source: Matthew Crisp/Flickr

By Jack McCarthy 03:13 pm July 28, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT advisory group, IXTF, outlined suggestions spanning government policy, technology, and public-private collaborations to improve health data sharing. 

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