Friday, October 30, 2020

A note from MedCity News on our platform capability during Covid-19

At MedCity News we have built a name for ourselves as a must-read online publication that highlights innovation across the healthcare landscape. At no time in our 11-year history is that more important than now, as life science, health tech, medtech and healthcare organizations race against time to develop treatments for Covid-19, produce...

Google, Facebook launch location-based mapping efforts for Covid-19

Facebook’s co-location map aggregates users’ location data to map frequent travel patterns. Disease modelers could use it to determine how Covid-19 might spread. Google and Facebook are launching their own toolsets to help researchers predict and track the spread of Covid-19. Most of the tools use aggregated location data, which is then pulled into...

AMA says CPT codes for coronavirus coming soon

The American Medical Association is working to approve a current procedural terminology (CPT) code for COVID-19 testing. In addition to creating a way for physicians to bill for testing, it would also help better track tests offered by hospital, health systems, and laboratories. The AMA said on Tuesday that it would fast-track its efforts...

Kaiser sees $1.1B net loss in first quarter, driven by investments

California-based managed care plan Kaiser Permanente reported a $1.1 billion net loss in the first quarter of 2020. The nonprofit chalked it up to losses in its investment portfolio, as the market dropped sharply in late March. “The full cost of surge planning, as well as the overall economic and membership impacts of the...

Healthcare analytics startup Biofourmis moves into oncology with new acquisition

Abstract 3D network in future
Already on its second acquisition since it was founded five years ago, Boston-based Biofourmis is growing at a rapid clip. The Boston-based startup uses predictive analytics to forecast problems in patients in heart failure, and is now looking to expand its work to other specialties. The company’s analytics engine received FDA 510(k) clearance last...

Nurse staffing agencies prepare for Covid-19 pandemic

Healthcare staffing agencies are seeing an uptick in demand as hospitals and nursing homes across the U.S. seek staff to help treat Covid-19 patients. One of the largest firms, AMN Healthcare, told the Dallas Morning News that it saw requests for nurses in New York City increase by 1,000% last month. San Diego-based...

CMS expands telehealth options for Medicare Advantage plans

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow Medicare Advantage plans to cover a wider range of telehealth services. The new rule would give Medicare Advantage plans the flexibility to count certain telehealth specialists toward network adequacy requirements, including dermatology, psychiatry, cardiology, and primary care. The agency said the changes were designed...

AI in healthcare: What is next for the UK and EU?

My colleagues at NHSX are starting to uncover the significant opportunities offered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for keeping people healthy, improving care and saving lives. In the field of diagnostics alone, we are seeing capabilities develop in areas such as rapid image recognition, symptom checking and risk stratification. AI could help, for example,...

Clinical trial sites anticipate disruption due to Covid-19; FDA issues guidance for trials amid pandemic

A member of the medical staff at La Paz Hospital in Madrid waves from the intensive care unit as Spain prepares for a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. Only days ago, the Phase I clinical trial of Moderna’s vaccine against the Covid-19 virus dosed its first participant, and trials...

First week of February worst for staff sickness

Absence data
Tuesday top for unplanned staff absence Tech industry takes most unplanned leave e-days reveals Absence Intelligence research London, UK: 3rd February 2020: Tuesday is the most frequent day taken by staff as unplanned absence, according to statistics provided by e-days, the leader in global absence intelligence.The company has revealed that the first week...
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