Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Patients are sometimes burdened with the task of gathering their medical records, often finding that their health information is scattered across different states, different electronic systems or different doctors' offices. Between medical records still being in paper form, siloed EHRs and HIPAA compliancy, it can be near impossible for patients to get a full medical history in one fell swoop. Read More
• Leaders in health care met this week in Chicago to discuss the next steps in population health management. Positive patient experience, data collection, telehealth tools and care coordination were just a handful of the topics discussed at this year's Pop Health Forum 2016. Read More
• Cat-scratch disease, which is spread by cats, may have more serious and fatal complications than previously believed. Kissing kittens can increase the risk of being infected. Symptoms typically involve fatigue, fever and swollen lymph nodes but in a few cases, the disease can cause the brain to swell or infect the heart and can prove to be fatal if not treated properly. Read More
• The Census Bureau released some promising economic statistics on Tuesday, one being that only 9.1 percent of Americans do not have health care coverage, the lowest level ever recorded by the agency. About 18 million more people have coverage now than they did in 2013. 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.