A Startup Health report said total health innovation funding for the first six months of 2020 totaled $9.1 billion, compared with $7.7 billion in 2019. "Our community of entrepreneurs have introduced new health technology solutions to front line healthcare workers, caregivers, researchers and scientists, fellow innovators, patients and families at a scale and pace we would have said was impossible only eight weeks ago," Startup founders Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes wrote.
Hospitals and health systems in and around Philadelphia have united to fight racism, inequality and discrimination in response to the killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans. In a letter, the groups said socioeconomic factors that create barriers to health care access cannot be addressed without acknowledging systemic racism that affects communities of color.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday that the health care sector had 358,000 "payroll additions" in June, a second consecutive month of job growth. Most of the gains were in ambulatory services, with medical, dental and other clinicians' offices accounting for 318,000 positions.
Health information of patients covered by the Central California Alliance for Health might have been compromised in an email breach. The Medicaid managed care plan for three California counties is notifying members but says information does not appear to have been accessed or misused.
An online dashboard created by the Pennsylvania Department of Health compiles weekly coronavirus testing statistics and shows county-by-county trends in confirmed cases, positive tests, hospitalization rates and the number of patients on ventilators. The dashboard functions as an early warning system enabling public health officials to take preventive action, said Health Secretary Rachel Levine.
Health information might be more helpful to Hispanic adults if it is tailored for ethnic subgroups and age groups, researchers reported in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Moreover, "we must also support community spaces, public health programs and social policies that can help people benefit from the information," said lead author Marlene Camacho-Rivera.
The NIH allocated $75 million during the next five years to increase the diversity of participants in the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics Network. Four clinical sites will aim to recruit 10,000 patients, with 35% of them from diverse populations, and six additional "enhanced diversity clinical sites" will seek about 15,000 patients, of which at least 75% will come from underrepresented populations, according to an NIH announcement.
Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said that reopening the state and economy after COVID-19 shutdowns must be done with non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as wearing a face mask, washing hands and social distancing, to avoid a spike in cases. Ezike said to expect some increase in cases with reopening, but it's important to ensure it doesn't threaten the state's health care capacity.
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute report said the state was not prepared for the novel coronavirus pandemic, mainly because of its existing shortage of nurses. The Illinois Health and Hospital Association said while there was a shortage of nurses, it did not reduce the quality of care and that the state's lack of preparedness was linked to problems at the federal level.
Radiology practices looking to resume imaging services amid the COVID-19 pandemic should have their human resources team contact laid-off or furloughed employees and address necessary documentation, stay in compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, establish clear paid time off policies, plan to address employees' job safety and requirement concerns, conduct daily employee screening for COVID-19, establish a revenue benchmark, and consider short-term succession plans, writes Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners. Practices should also set up scheduling parameters to address the expected surge of patients while curbing COVID-19 transmission, Farrington writes.