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HEALTH CARE WEEK IN REVIEW: W.H.O. Declares Coronavirus A Global Health Emergency, Practice Fusion To Pay $145M Settlement for Opioid Kickbacks, Microsoft Launches $40M AI for Health initiative, Super Sniffer Dogs Are Helping Detect Disease Around The World

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:

The Wuhan Coronavirus is spreading, which has led the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) to declare the outbreak a global health emergency. The designation gives countries the option to take preventative measures such as closing borders, canceling flights, screening people arriving at airports, or others. Although the U.S. reported its first case of human-to-human transmission on Thursday, the C.D.C. says the immediate risk to the American public remains relatively low.  Read More

The EHR company Practice Fusion has admitted to soliciting and receiving kickbacks from a major opioid company. As a result, the company will pay a $145 million settlement for utilizing its software to influence physicians to prescribe opioid pain medication. Between 2014 and 2019, health care providers using the software received CDS alerts designed by pharmaceutical companies just before writing prescriptions.  Read More

Artificial Intelligence (AI) remains a hot topic in health care, and Microsoft is getting in on the action. This week the company announced AI for Health, a five-year, $40 million program to help organizations leverage AI and machine learning to impact the health of patients and populations worldwide.  Read More

Just when you thought dogs couldn’t get any cooler, guess again. It turns out that our best friends are becoming our best medicine as well. Their remarkable sense of smell enables them to detect diseases, such as ovarian cancer, and their genius for observing our behavior helps them guide us physically and emotionally. Some dogs are trained to detect low blood sugar in diabetic patients up to 20 minutes before a device.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture, secure messaging, clinical communication, and care navigation software.
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