Adoption of new interstage home monitoring programs for infants who underwent surgery for heart defects in 50 centers between 2008 and 2016 was associated with an approximately 40% decline in the average infant mortality rate and an additional 28% improvement in infant weight gain across the US, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. "This surveillance strategy has become the standard of care for most pediatric cardiac programs and continues to evolve using telehealth platforms such as phone technology and tablet-based real-time video encounters in an effort to optimize data collection and visual assessment of the infant at home," said researcher Nancy Rudd.
Hospitals have struggled to comply with daily coronavirus reporting requirements since the Trump administration switched from a CDC system from a private vendor, TeleTracking Technologies, according to a letter from 34 current or former members of the federal Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. HHS should develop a "consistent framework for reporting, consistent data metrics and a consistent source of support with full access to our data," said Marjorie Smallwood, director of emergency management for UCSF Health.
The federal government is doing too little to counter disinformation and boost public confidence in forthcoming coronavirus vaccines, say NIH Director Francis Collins and National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci. "Unfortunately, the anti-vax content is much more viral, much stickier than the pro-vaccine, pro-public health, pro-science content," said Chelsea Clinton, who works on vaccine advocacy with the Clinton Foundation.
Anyone caught making or using a fraudulent mask exemption card bearing the logo of a state or federal agency could be charged with felony forgery, the New Mexico Health Department warned. Fake cards that have been distributed in New Mexico claim the bearer is exempt from complying with the state's mandate to wear protective face coverings in public to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
Luisa Schaeffer's regular job is helping patients at a community health center in Brockton, Mass., understand and follow prescribed therapies, and she is temporarily working as a resource coordinator with the state's Community Tracing Collaborative. Schaeffer and her fellow resource coordinators help people infected with or exposed to SARS-CoV-2 obtain food, household supplies and medicine; apply for unemployment, rental assistance and Medicaid; and find legal help while self-isolating.
Researchers who combined EHR and genomic data, standardized the data and sought gene-phenotype associations identified specific genetic variants associated with pediatric epilepsy. The findings, published in Genetics in Medicine, could lead to new treatments and clinical practice.
A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences estimates that for each person who dies of COVID-19 there are nine close family members who are affected. Co-author Ashton Verdery at Pennsylvania State University said there is a narrative that COVID-19 affects mainly older adults, so the study suggests that these people are not socially isolated, but are "integrally connected with their families, and their deaths will have a broad reach."
HHS will award up to $500,000 each to five projects that give public health agencies better access to health information in support of communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 1.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights and American Hospital Association say postcards are being sent to hospital privacy officers warning of a mandatory HIPAA compliance risk assessment and telling recipients to visit a URL that links to a non-governmental website selling consulting services. The postcards claim to be official OCR communications, but the return address doesn't belong to HHS.
Cerner and LRVHealth invested $6 million in Xealth, an EHR-embedded platform developer spun out by Providence St. Joseph Health. The platform enables the prescription of apps, connected devices and digital tools.
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