health informatics

RELEASE: Repealing the ACA in the Middle of the Pandemic Would Undermine Women’s Health and Financial Security

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress released a new column that reveals how repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would prolong and worsen the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for women and their families, threaten women’s financial security, and augment gender inequities in accessing essential health care services. The piece comes in the midst of hearings to consider Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and less than four weeks before the court will hear oral arguments in a Trump administration-backed lawsuit to terminate the ACA during a pandemic.

The column warns that repealing the health care law amid compounding public health emergencies—COVID-19 and a maternal mortality crisis that is killing Black and Native American women at alarming rates—could yield disastrous consequences. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data indicate that pregnant people with COVID-19 have higher rates of hospitalization,

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Colorado Doctors of Optometry Announce Public Health Initiative to Keep Eye Emergencies Out of Emergency Rooms This Winter – Press Release

DENVER, Colo., Oct 14, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) have launched an October awareness initiative to educate Coloradans on Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do. This health information is currently important for Colorado communities and populations vulnerable to COVID-19 as the state approaches a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during winter.

The HPI analysis of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data shows that eye emergencies make up 1% of emergency room cases and of those reported cases 98.9% could have been handled by a local optometrist in clinic or via telehealth (*note 1). Many practices offer after hours care to address eye care emergencies making it even easier for patients to avoid emergency rooms.

COA Board President, Dr. Tom Cruse says, “During the March/April shutdown our doctors of optometry were able to stop

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Facebook Launching Flu Vaccine Information Campaign

(RTTNews) – Facebook is launching a new flu vaccine information campaign to support the vaccination efforts of the public health experts. The aim is to provide reliable information about the safety and efficacy of the seasonal flu vaccine, and prohibiting ads with misinformation that could harm public health efforts.

Public health officials in the U.S. recommend that most people get a flu shot every year. They also think it is especially important to get a flu shot this year to minimize the risk of concurrent flu and COVID-19. This is hoped to minimize the number of flu hospitalizations this year.

While providing general information about the flu vaccine, the social media giant will also guide people on how to get the shot, including the nearest location to get the vaccine in the U.S. using the Preventive Health Tool, which was launched a year ago.

The campaign in the U.S. will

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Surging violence in Burkina Faso threatens women’s access to health care

A medical center in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photo by: © Dominic Chavez / The Global Financing Facility / CC BY-NC-ND

KAYA, Burkina Faso — Ramata Sawadogo was eight weeks pregnant when she was chased from her home by gunmen in May of last year. The 30-year-old spent the next few months running from village to village, in search of refuge and health care, in Burkina Faso’s center-north region.

At times, Sawadogo walked for more than a week with her six children to reach another town. Other times, she’d sleep in abandoned schools, all the while concerned that the stress and lack of food and medical care would harm her unborn baby.

“When I walked a lot, I got tired and was worried about the pregnancy,” Sawadogo said. Seated in a health clinic in a makeshift displacement site in Kaya town, where she now lives, she cradled her 7-month-old, grateful he

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Different Takes: Lessons On Guarding Information About The President’s Health; Reckless Leaders Cost Lives

Editorial pages focus on topics about leadership during the pandemic and other topics, as well.

Guarding The President’s Privacy Is Key For A White House Physician 

Before deciding to take a photogenic, early-evening helicopter ride from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center back to the White House, President Trump toyed with an even more dramatic idea. He discussed wearing a Superman T-shirt under his dress clothes, coming out of the hospital looking exhausted, and then tearing off his outer shirt to reveal himself as the ever-strong Superman. Made-for-tweeting publicity stunts that are rejected can still teach us something: In this case, it is about the power of costumes and the narratives they bring with them. (George J. Annas, 10/14)

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New Data Shows Health Care Policy and Costs Top of Mind for Consumers Leading Up to 2020 Presidential Election

Sapphire Digital Survey Reveals Consumers’ View of Health Care Price Transparency and How Health Care Policy Will Influence Their Vote

Sapphire Digital, a leader in empowering consumers to make better choices that deliver health care savings, today announced survey results assessing consumer views on the health care system and health care policy leading up to the 2020 presidential election. The findings reveal health care policy will influence 79% of U.S. adults’ votes in the election, with 50% of those consumers reporting health policy will most influence or heavily influence their votes compared to other policy issues. Additionally, more than one-third (34%) of adults surveyed report they would like to see both presidential candidates prioritize lowering care costs leading up to the election.

For years, health care costs have been on the rise and the recent financial impact of COVID-19 has made cost concerns even more prominent. With consumers looking to

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Release of module and mapping of tools on stakeholder and community engagement in quality of care initiatives for maternal, newborn and child health

The WHO and UNICEF recently published a module to guide policy makers and programme implementers working in quality improvement in maternal, newborn and child health, to support making comprehensive and meaningful stakeholder and community engagement an integral part of quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

Orientation module

This module compliments the implementation guide developed by The Network for Improving Quality of care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (QoC Network).  Four key topics are covered, including: rationale for engagement; building and
strengthening partnerships; strategies for information, communication and advocacy; and monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Mapping of tools

The mapping of tools identified 70 tools to further support implementation of stakeholder and community engagement across the seven steps of the Quality of Care Network’s Implementation Framework*. The
tools are available through an online portal, which allows uses to filter based on the different topic focus and phase of implementation. 

* 1) establish leadership

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Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. Announces Partnership with Breakthrough Health for Multiple …

NEWTOWN, Pa., Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSDT) (TSX: HSM) (“Helius” or the “Company”), a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness, today announced a partnership with Breakthrough Health (“Breakthrough”), a Berlin-based technology company. Breakthrough builds privacy-focused applications that empower people living with chronic disease to gather and securely own their healthcare data, with the opportunity to share it to support research.

Together, Helius and Breakthrough will work on a research project to better understand how people living with Multiple Sclerosis (“MS”) in the United States evaluate their therapy options as it relates to treatment of gait deficit due to symptoms of MS, which impacts approximately 50-80% of the MS population, estimated at 1,000,000 individuals.

This research project will be conducted via Breakthrough’s MS companion application (“app”) called Emilyn. Emilyn provides Helius with potential access to a diverse cross-section of the MS population, with over

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Quest Diagnostics Receives 2020 C. Everett Koop National Health Award for Outstanding Employee Health Program

Named for C. Everett Koop, the 13th Surgeon General of the United States (1982-1989), the award is given by The Health Project to organizations that demonstrate their health programs deliver significant health improvements and business results. In a quarter of a century, fewer than 70 organizations have won the honor. Quest Diagnostics is the sole winner in 2020.

The award was presented last month as part of the virtual annual Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Forum. To watch a video about the Quest Diagnostics employee population health program that won the award, click here.

“Quest Diagnostics is committed to fostering a healthier world, starting with our employees,” said Steve Rusckowski, Chairman, CEO and President, Quest Diagnostics. “To achieve that goal, we empower our employees with health insights, based on lab and biometric data. But we don’t stop there. We also provide our employees with access to medical expertise

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Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Lupus Nephritis Disease-State Awareness Initiative for Healthcare Professionals,

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AUPH / TSX:AUP) (“Aurinia” or the “Company”) today announced Time Is Nephrons, the first-ever lupus nephritis (LN) disease-state awareness campaign for healthcare professionals (HCPs). The initiative aims to highlight the importance of active screening for early diagnosis to potentially minimize the impact on kidney function and improve long-term outcomes for every patient with LN.

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“Unfortunately, for many patients, the signs of lupus nephritis are subtle, yet a single flare of LN can potentially shorten the life span of the kidney by decades. Our ongoing engagement with the lupus nephritis community revealed a key role for Aurinia to help change the course of the patient journey by creating a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals with the latest disease monitoring and management methods,” said Neil Solomons, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Aurinia Pharmaceuticals. “We are excited to launch

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