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HHS opens new COVID-19 hospitalization data portal

Editor's Note The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on July 20 launched a new Data Hub for COVID-19 hospitalization data that officials say provides a more comprehensive view of the pandemic than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Healthcare Safety Network, where the information…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 21, 2020
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US House of Representatives moves to expand the use of telehealth beyond COVID-19

Editor's Note Leaders of the US House of Representatives telehealth caucus introduced legislation on July 16 to permanently open up access to telehealth services for Medicare patients, the July 16 Fierce Healthcare reports. The bipartisan bill will eliminate restrictions on use in Medicare patients, and it will provide a bridge…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 20, 2020
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COVID-19 data reporting moved to HHS

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on July 15 announced that in a move to improve information gathering and resource allocation, hospitals will begin sending their COVID-19 related data directly through HHS Protect or TeleTracking rather than submitting it the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 16, 2020
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COVID-19 could accelerate adoption of point-of-care ultrasound use by nonradiologists

Editor's Note The June 29 AuntMinnie reports on a panel presentation at the virtual annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine that found the adoption of point-of-care ultrasound by nonradiologists may be accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the American College of Radiology recommended not using CT…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 1, 2020
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Researchers use AI to build COVID-19 predictions

Editor's Note Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, are using data collected from around the world by Johns Hopkins University to build prediction models that take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) to track COVID-19 and predict where it might surge next. The models examine trends and patterns…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2020
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Researchers design COVID-19 knowledge base, risk assessment tool powered by AI

Editor's Note Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and Schmidt College of Medicine (all in Boca Raton) announced on June 24 that they have received a 1-year, $90,000 National Science Foundation RAPID project grant to design a COVID-19 knowledge base and risk assessment tool powered…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 24, 2020
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Survey finds patient fears may limit return to surgery

Editor's Note As hospitals begin ramping up elective surgical procedures, healthcare leaders face significant challenges, the June 23 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. A market research survey by Lumeon (Boston) found that the top operational concern for healthcare leaders is making sure patients feel safe to schedule and come into hospitals…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 23, 2020
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Sandia Labs partners with hospitals, manufacturers to increase availability of masks for healthcare workers

Editor's Note Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, New Mexico), one of three National Nuclear Security Administration research and development laboratories in the US, announced on June 22 that it is partnering with hospitals and device manufacturers to increase the availability of respirator masks for healthcare workers. Sandia is helping manufacturers test…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 22, 2020
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Brain MRI findings in severe COVID-19

Editor's Note In this retrospective study, researchers from the French Society of Neuroradiology found three main brain MRI patterns in patients with severe COVID-19. The analysis of 37 patients from 16 centers found: signal abnormalities in the medial temporal lobe (43%), an area of the brain related to cognitive and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2020
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Joint Commission: Special COVID-19 equipment, utilities ITM survey considerations

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced June 17 that it has resumed limited survey activities this month, and that scoring of items that are not compliant will not be the primary focus during the COVID-19 public health emergency. However, the Joint Commission says, there are several elements of performance (EPs)…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2020
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