COVID-19

Wearable Device Does Not Change Hand Hygiene Compliance Among Healthcare Workers

The technology must be further developed and tested to improve hand hygiene compliance. By: Samara Rosenfeld The use of an electronic wearable device did not change hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers, according to the findings of a new study. Still, the technology increased the duration of hand rubbing and the volume of alcohol-based handrub …

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A simple strategy helps doctors fight burnout. Could it work for the rest of us?

With the serious incline in what is known as “burnout,” it is now important as ever that we make sure we have a core group of people surrounding us that we can depend on. Schwartz came up with an activity where all there is, is “a room, an agreement of confidentiality, and willingness to share …

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From weaponized AI to threats against the vaccine rollout, here are 6 cybersecurity trends to watch in 2021

by Heather Landi  Could 2021 be the year that healthcare finally gets smart about cybersecurity? Many in the industry say real change needs to happen as the situation has become a matter of life and death. Hospitals are facing a new wave of ransomware attacks even as they also struggle to confront a nationwide surge …

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No insurance, no savings, no support: what happens when LA’s least privileged get Covid

Undocumented Filipino caregivers, South LA’s black neighborhoods and garment workers grapple with unequal toll of virus By: Sam Levin Lily has no health insurance, no doctor and no savings. The 57-year-old Los Angeles caregiver contracted coronavirus last month at work and survived after weeks of agony and isolation in her bedroom. Without access to healthcare, …

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Why 4 Technologies That Boomed During Covid-19 Will Keep People Home More After A Vaccine

“Even before the pandemic, remote monitoring of chronically ill patients had been shown to cut emergency room visits, hospital stays, and costs, allowing medical professionals to intervene before a situation becomes dire.” By Moe Kelley Moe is a mobility expert with the Oliver Wyman Forum and a partner in the communications, media, and technology practice …

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Will the Coronavirus Help Cement Role of Telemedicine?

“Telehealth has been an important tool to ensure members have continued access to provider services during closures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, but we must build on its promise of providing cost-savings for employers and consumers in the future.” ARTICLE: Will the Coronavirus Help Cement Role of Telemedicine? Massachusetts expanded access to telehealth through executive …

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As pandemic persists, health care heroes beginning to crack under the strain

By Lesley McClurg After five months working shifts at an emergency department in Oakland, Douglas Frey says he’s mentally and physically spent. Most days the tall, athletic-looking 47-year-old nurse ends his shift depleted by what he calls an undercurrent of tension. Every day Frey worries he’ll make a mistake — picking up a contaminated mask, …

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Florida Chiropractor Spent Virus Aid on Netflix, Gym, DOJ Says

By Jennifer Kay A Florida chiropractor allegedly paid for Netflix, a gym membership, and other personal expenses with the more than $200,000 in small business loans he received from federal Covid-19 funding, the Justice Department said. Dennis Nobbe, 63, of Miami, made his initial court appearance Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern …

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CMS and CDC announce provider reimbursement available for counseling patients to self-isolate at time of COVID-19 testing

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are announcing that payment is available to physicians and health care providers to counsel patients, at the time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing, about the importance of self-isolation after they are tested and prior to the onset …

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How The Pandemic Casts Physician Burnout in New Light

By Andis Robeznieks The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the national public health problem of physician burnout and weakening patients’ tie to the essential physician care they need to manage chronic conditions. These are among the insights that AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, shared during an online program hosted by The Atlantic magazine examining how …

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