Disparities among cardiovascular professionals continue to exist, shows study

Despite working for more than two decades to address underrepresentation of women in cardiology, disparities among cardiovascular professionals continue to exist.

Profound inequities also exist for individuals underrepresented in medicine, such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans, who constitute 32 percent of the U.S. population but only eight percent of practicing cardiologists.

The disparities amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic present disturbing evidence that we are far from cardiovascular healthcare equity in the work place. Individuals, leaders and institutions must prioritize research, policies, and structures to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging that is essential to advancing workforce excellence and cardiovascular health.”

Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, Study Corresponding Author and Professor, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Diversity and equity in the health-care workforce have been shown to benefit patients and increase access to

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Nebraska Medicine computer issues continue into fourth day | Local News

The “security incident” that shut down information technology systems at Nebraska Medicine early Sunday continued into its fourth day Wednesday.

The computer network outage has led to the postponement of patient appointments this week and required staffers in the system’s hospitals and clinics to chart by hand. One patient’s appointment scheduled for Friday already has been canceled.

An Omaha mom arrived with her son at a University of Nebraska Medical Center pediatric dental clinic Wednesday only to be told the system was down.

Alexie Herrmann said she was frustrated because she had taken her son out of his first day of in-person school for the appointment. He had not been seen in the dental clinic for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am definitely frustrated, and a little concerned, because they didn’t seem (to know) much of what’s going on,” she said.

A health system spokesman said

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Liberia: Doctors Warn of High Death Rate Should Health Workers Strike Continue – Condemns Replacement of Striking Workers

Monrovia — The Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA) has expressed concerns that if nothing is done to quickly resolve the standoff between the government and striking health workers, the country’s health sector would soon collapse and there would be a mounting death toll at hospitals and health centers.

The LMDA also condemned the government’s action to replace the striking health workers with new recruits, noting that such would only compound the existing problem.

The LMDA acts as the national representative body for the medical profession as well as promote health care delivery in Liberia.

The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism in a press statement over the weekend disclosed that “The Ministry of Health has been instructed to solicit applications from qualified health workers of various grades, including nurses, nurse aides, midwives, laboratory technicians, etc. in order to fill the temporary vacancies that have resulted from the strike action.

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