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Healthcare Is Getting The “Amazon” Upgrade

Under the current “fee for service” system, since providers can provide any type of care at any price, the system turns out to be very expensive for both employers and patients while not always profitable for many providers.

When Oron Afek, co-founder of Vim, investigated the American health insurance arena, he immediately identified lack of innovation as a key problem. “I think that Apple brought to the world an unprecedented experience that integrated software and hardware. I look at leading high-value providers, the ones who are really good at delivering better healthcare at lower costs with more efficiency, and it reminds me of Apple Iwallet that seamlessly connects the payer and the provider, creating seamless referrals, prior authorizations, scheduling, etc’.”

Inspired by how efficient marketplaces have been scaling in other industries such as hospitality and commerce, Afek decided to tackle one of America’s challenging industries: together with his two Israeli co-founders, Asaf David and Yael Peled, he created Vim, which builds an operating system for healthcare networks, allowing payers and providers to collaborate and form value based care networks on a large scale.


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Is It Safe to Vape CBD?

Last August, Erin Gilbert’s organs began to shut down. First her lungs, then her kidneys and liver. Medical staff at the hospital in Miami, where she had been airlifted, struggled to keep her alive. Just days earlier, Gilbert—a 35-year-old mother of three—had used her first CBD (cannabidiol) vaping product, a mango-flavored oil she says she purchased where she lives in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a lawsuit filed in September.

CBD is a nonpsychoactive compound found in cannabis plants, which include hemp and marijuana, that is often used to ease anxiety, insomnia, and pain.

It’s now legal in the U.S.—thanks to legislation passed in 2018 that allows farmers to grow hemp and extract derivatives such as CBD from it—as long as the product contains no more than 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). That’s the compound in cannabis that can get a person high when taken in larger amounts.


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5 Big Challenges For Pharmaceutical Marketers (And Their Agencies)

For the patient demanding access to the latest medicine or the healthcare professional desperate to be able to use a new advance in treatment, every extra day, week or month waiting counts.

The pharmaceutical industry, striving to meet these needs, is dedicated to improving patient outcomes by providing access to new and innovative medicines for those in need, on time and through the right distribution channels.

But, as Risks to patient outcomes: why pharma marketing matters, a new white paper from Tag, explains, pharmaceutical marketers (and their agencies) face five big challenges:

After outlining these challenges for pharma marketers, the publication’s author Robb DeFilippis suggests a series of solutions to help accelerate time-to-market for new and updated materials.


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InTouch Health Ranked 2020 Best in KLAS for Virtual Care Platforms

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–InTouch Health, the leading virtual care platform, has been awarded the 2020 Best in KLAS distinction for Virtual Care Platforms in the “2020 Best in KLAS: Software & Services” report for the third consecutive year.

“We are thrilled to again be ranked as the leading virtual care platform and would like to thank our clients for their ongoing partnership and trust in InTouch Health that enables us to achieve this distinction”

InTouch Health continues to lead the market with its unrivaled proactive service, leading day-to-day support, and highest rated clinician and patient experience, as mentioned in the “Telehealth Virtual Care Platforms 2018” report.


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Penn College Provides Varied Pathways To Nursing Career

WILLIAMSPORT — Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing program answers a national call to support nurses who seek academic and career growth.

In a position statement issued in 2019, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing asserts that it “is committed to working with the larger education and healthcare communities to create a highly educated nursing workforce able to meet complex healthcare demands today and in the future. To that end, AACN encourages all nurses to advance their education and supports the many pathways to achieving academic progression in nursing.”

Penn College has been working to provide those pathways through five nursing education options.


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Break The Ice: Local Group Encourages Young Hockey Players To Talk About Mental Health

MOORHEAD — They almost look like brothers — handsome and well-liked hockey players, beloved by both family and community — but Eli Johnson and Max Marvin grew up 200 miles from each other; not brothers but tied together by tragedy. Both young men died by suicide at the age of 19.

This weekend young hockey players from Moorhead, where Johnson lived, and Warroad, where Marvin lived, will be together raising awareness and inspiring hope that mental illness will never again claim one of their own.

“Every hockey player in Moorhead who knew Eli was affected by his death. It hit us like a ton of bricks,” says Amber Ferrie, a mom of three young hockey players ages 11, 8 and 6.

Now Ferrie and fellow Moorhead Youth Hockey mom Lezlee Bertie, Eli’s sister Madeline Johnson and friend Megan MacFarlane are taking action by establishing a platform through MNMindsMatter, a way to share resources and ideas for reaching young people and encouraging conversation about mental health.


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The 10-Second Lifestyle Change That Will Enhance Your Hair, Skin and Nails

In winter, everyone should consider taking a daily supplement, says McCauley Health and Beauty pharmacist Fiona Corrigan.

During winter the sun is not strong enough for our bodies to make vitamin D and everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D. It is essential for healthy cell and bone growth.

We only need small amounts of minerals and vitamins, yet they are vital in keeping our body functioning properly and slowing down age-associated diseases.

Pharmacist Fiona Corrigan MPSI, of McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy in Carlow Shopping Centre, says taking a daily supplement can also reduce stress and anxiety. This 10-second step can help convert food to energy, keep the nervous system functioning properly, reverse deficiencies and slow down macular degeneration depending on the constituents of the supplement.


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9 Key Questions About Universal Health Care Around The World, Answered

Vox policy reporter Dylan Scott traveled to Taiwan, Australia, and the Netherlands to see their health systems.

Vox policy reporter Dylan Scott traveled the world last fall to explore what the US can learn from other countries’ health systems, visiting Taiwan, Australia, and the Netherlands. His trips were the foundation for Everybody Covered, a Vox series on health care that also reported on health systems in the United Kingdom and Maryland.

Dylan did a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Wednesday, January 29, discussing everything from how countries pay for universal health care to what it will take to achieve further health care reform in America. Here’s a roundup of some of the most interesting questions and answers, lightly edited for clarity.

Dylan: Most of these countries use some mix of 1) payroll taxes for individuals, 2) employer contributions, and 3) general government revenue and progressive/sin taxes. To be honest, there isn’t one model to follow. Each country had its own health funding plan that has since been reformed to meet the needs of their current system, just as the US would. But other countries are looking for health care dollars in many of the same places Medicare-for-all supporters think we should here.


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Western State Hospital To Open Special Wards to Reduce Violence, Assaults

OLYMPIA — State officials have struggled for years to reduce violence at Western State Hospital, Washington’s largest psychiatric facility.

In 2018, for instance, one patient at the roughly 850-bed hospital in Lakewood, Pierce County, assaulted three other patients before punching a nurse and stomping on her face. Another patient allegedly vaulted across a nurse’s station to choke a staffer and bite off part of her ear lobe. Hospital workers even staged a rally calling for safety improvements.

Now, the hospital is set to open a pair of newly renovated psychiatric wards to try and reduce by half the violence coming from a handful of patients deemed most dangerous.

“It’s usually the top five to 10 patients that are doing a huge percentage of the violence,” said Jenise Gogan, a director with the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), which oversees the hospital.


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Coronavirus Outbreak Worsened By Slow Response, Chinese Official Admits Today After Global Emergency Declared

The State Department has now warned Americans to avoid all travel to China due to the “rapidly spreading” coronavirus outbreak. The decision came after the World Health Organization designated the outbreak a global public health emergency in an attempt to get more resources and increase international coordination to fight it.

The U.S. now has six confirmed cases of the virus, the most recent being the first confirmed instance of the disease spreading from person-to-person in the country. The new patient, announced Thursday, is the husband of an Illinois woman who was diagnosed with the virus earlier this month.

By Friday morning the flu-like virus had killed at least 213 people, all of them in China. Almost 9,900 people are infected there, with about 130 cases in 22 other countries.


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