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7/10/2020

The COVID-19 Confirmed Clinic, a telemedicine clinic jointly operated by the University of South Florida health system and Tampa General Hospital, saw about 60 new patients daily soon after opening March 30. As many as 600 patients are now being referred daily to the clinic, which has had to stop accepting referrals from the state health department, and the clinic is seeking more health care providers.

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WTSP-TV (Tampa, Fla.)
7/10/2020

The email accounts of four Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System employees and one contractor were hacked in April, May and June, exposing the protected health information of 786 patients. The California health system said hackers had access to the email accounts for only a matter of hours before they were blocked, and it appears no medical or personal information was seen or copied.

7/10/2020

People with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms screened online by a person or a chatbot reacted to the chatbots either no differently or more positively than to the human agents as long as they perceived that the chatbot delivered equivalent quality. Users might be more comfortable disclosing socially embarrassing information to a nonjudgmental chatbot, Indiana University Kelley School of Business researchers wrote in a study published in a medical informatics journal.

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Health IT Analytics
7/10/2020

The ACR called on Congress to include the extension of a moratorium against the US Preventive Services Task Force's new mammography screening guidance that raises the recommended age for biennial breast cancer screening from 40 to 50 in the final funding bill for fiscal 2021. "The ACR, Society of Breast Imaging, American Cancer Society and even the USPSTF all agree that the most lives are saved when women begin screening at age 40 and are screened annually," said Dr. Dana Smetherman, chair of the ACR Breast Imaging Commission.

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Health Imaging online
7/10/2020

New York Health and Hospitals implemented a performance improvement intervention that reduced portable chest X-ray use in the ICU by 37% without increasing extubation or complications and led to savings of $4,000 in a month, and may result in $5 million in savings over the next 10 years, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The initiative's successes "are related directly to the significant success the radiology department had assembling a multidisciplinary team of key stakeholders around a common goal and establishing 'buy-in' from the clinicians," researchers wrote.

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Radiology Business
7/10/2020

The Small Business Administration has released the revised Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application and its simplified version along with accompanying instructions and details regarding new payroll forgiveness limits on its website, writes Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners. Radiology practices should determine the coverage period for loan forgiveness, regardless of the form used, and submit the forms after they spent proceeds of their PPP loan, Farrington writes.

7/10/2020

Hospital ethics consultant Wendy Walters wanted to ease the stress of workers treating patients with the coronavirus by bringing in therapy dogs, but in-person visits have been paused due to the pandemic. Instead, Walters, who has a social work background, arranged video calls with the dogs and their handlers, taking them to staff members "to bring smiles to their faces, even for just a moment," she says.

7/10/2020

A lung parasite introduced by Burmese pythons in Florida is thriving in 13 of 26 native snake species, researchers said. Shrews act as intermediate hosts, says Melissa Miller, research coordinator for invasive species projects at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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Miami New Times
7/10/2020

An emerging form of phishing attack known as consent phishing is aimed not at stealing passwords but at deceiving the target into granting the attacker permissions to an app that appears harmless but is used to gain access to sensitive data. The tactic, which Microsoft describes in a blog post, exploits the widely used authorization technology OAuth 2.0.

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TechRepublic
7/10/2020

Obese women who had early screening for gestational diabetes did not have lower composite perinatal outcomes, compared with those who underwent routine screening, according to a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The findings were based on data from 962 women.

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Medical Dialogues