Friday, October 30, 2020

Will the pandemic widen the gender pay gap in healthcare?

Researchers are sounding the alarm that a growing number of women are being pushed of the workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic. In September alone, 865,000 women dropped out of the workforce — nearly four times the rate of men, according to data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. McKinsey and Company called it...

Founders’ Story: Activ Surgical – MedCity News

Activ Surgical is building hardware-agnostic surgical software that allows surgical systems to collaborate with surgeons. Activ Surgical’s patent-protected surgical software platform reduces unintended and preventable surgical complications by enhancing a surgeon’s intra-operative decision making. In response to emailed questions, Founder and Chief Science and Medical Officer Dr. Peter Kim and CEO Todd Usen talked...

Covid-19 highlights the need for real-world, real-time data in Ob-Gyn and Beyond

Millions of pregnant women and future generations depend on our ability to understand the impact of Covid-19 on pregnancy outcomes. Ob-Gyn physicians are coming together in informal groups on Facebook and discussing anecdotal up-ticks in preterm birth, stillbirth, and pregnancy losses. Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive pregnancy data set available to inform national...

Unite Us, Nebraska HIE expand social determinants partnership

Technology company Unite Us and Nebraska’s statewide health information exchange are expanding their partnership to support social determinants of health screenings and referrals to community-based social services in six other states. Last week, the organizations announced plans to expand their efforts to Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas and Minnesota. The expansion will...

To avoid crisis, pharma must address costs

The former CEO of Novartis made no bones about the fact that a difficult phase looms ahead with respect to high drug prices in a webinar Thursday.  “I think we are headed toward a crisis in terms of healthcare systems figuring out how to pay for these drugs,” said Joe Jimenez, who is currently...

Here are the benefits of data consolidation

Medical technology concept. Telemedicine. Remote madicine.   As we push into the age of modern healthcare delivery, Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems have become a focal point. EHR adoption has nearly doubled over the past decade, from 46% in 2009 to 88% in 2019. The data contained in these EHRs fuels and is vital to...

Fitbit, Northwell Health test wearables’ ability to detect Covid-19 early

In May, Fitbit launched a virtual study to see if its wearables could be used to detect Covid-19 early. The company developed an algorithm that would monitor a users’ breathing rate, resting heart rate and heart rate variability to detect the onset of illness before symptoms appear. Now, Fitbit is putting that algorithm to...

How is population health innovation unfolding in Louisiana?

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on the economy and human lives. The virus has had a particularly significant impact on people with chronic conditions. Never has population health been more relevant nor the need for an effective response been greater. After a long delay, the second annual INVEST Population Health virtual...

Bayer paying up to $4B for gene therapy pioneer AskBio

Deepening its commitment to gene therapy, Bayer is paying $2 billion upfront to purchase a pioneer in the field, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, known as AskBio. The deal, expected to close in the fourth quarter, includes the potential for another $2 billion in milestone payments, with about 75% of the additional money potentially coming in the...

Startup taking SaaS approach to telehealth gets $14M

Seeing a need to reach patients virtually, health systems have picked up a patchwork of telehealth solutions since the start of the pandemic. In some cases, these one-off tools didn’t integrate directly into health record systems, leaving clinics to bring in virtual scheduling tools and waiting rooms to fill in the gaps. One startup...
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