Friday, October 30, 2020

Swiss startup betting on nanotechnology to speed cancer diagnosis

A Switzerland startup is testing a device that relies on nanotechnology to speed up cancer diagnoses, a goal shared by many researchers and entrepreneurs around the world.Nanotechnology is a promising approach, according to the National Cancer Institute. In addition to diagnosing cancer earlier and more quickly, it has the potential for aiding in...

Skin-checking app sees future in clinicians, not automation

Miiskin’s skin mapping tool highlights moles and marks, making it easier to detect new ones. Photo credit: Miiskin While a swath of skin startups tout AI tools to help people identify bumps, moles and rashes, Danish startup Miiskin is building its business around dermatologists. The company has designed an app to help users track spots...

CVS to roll out rapid Covid-19 testing at 1,000 sites

CVS plans to offer rapid Covid-19 tests at 1,000 of its drive-thru testing sites. Photo credit: CVS Health CVS Health plans to roll out rapid Covid-19 tests at 1,000 locations by the end of the year. That includes adding rapid testing to some of its existing test sites, as well as opening new ones....

The trough and the tidal wave: How health insurers can get ahead of the looming demand

  The uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic has hit all sectors of our economy, but perhaps none so hard as healthcare. Take health insurers, for example. Instead of encouraging members to get to the doctor for the care they need, health plans have pulled back (like most other industries) on their communication with members....

Teladoc v. AmWell: 5 things to know

On Oct. 12, Teladoc Health Inc., filed a lawsuit against its rival American Well Corp., alleging the company is infringing on its patents for several types of technology. The suit comes as competition between the two telehealth providers is heating up and virtual visits are soaring across the U.S. The disputed patents  In July,...

MedCity Pivot Podcast: A conversation with Mark Bertolini about healthcare policy, Covid-19 and 5G in healthcare

In our latest episode of the MedCity Pivot podcast, Mark Bertolini, former CEO and Chairman of Aetna talks about healthcare policy, the path to economic recovery and what 5G can do for healthcare. But perhaps most importantly, he notes that the ability to get healthcare when one needs it at a price that will...

Medicare to cover all FDA-approved Covid-19 vaccines

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released an interim final rule Oct. 28 saying that Medicare will cover vaccines that receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorization — including those that get emergency use authorization — at no cost to beneficiaries. Drug development companies around the world are racing to create a vaccine...

Healthcare gets ready for a Starbucks and BOPIS revolution

A few months ago, who would have thought that going into a hospital or clinic to meet with your doctor would be considered a high-risk experience? And yet, here we are. COVID-19 has forced the entire health care sector to adopt low-contact and contactless experiences for the safety of patients and caregivers alike...

7 best practices for pharmacies managing short-dated inventory

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 As with any perishable item, short-dated drugs are more prone to the risk of destruction if they are not managed appropriately.  These medications should be approached differently to help ensure that the product is used for its original intended purpose – to treat patients.  Whether stock is aging on the shelf, a short-dated...

RWJBarnabas Health’s new program aims to identify social barriers to care without stigmatizing patients

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Racial and socioeconomic realities have always been tied to a person’s health, with research showing the myriad ways in which being part of a minority group or experiencing food or housing insecurity can result in poorer outcomes. The Covid-19 pandemic has made the gap in outcomes, across gender, race and income lines starker...
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