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This week in health care (7/31/15)

Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:

• The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has forecasted a sharp increase in health care spending over the next decade, a significant change from the relatively low growth rate in recent years. The results of CMS' study indicate that health care spending will grow by an average of 5.8 percent per year between 2014 and 2024 and will make up 20 percent of the US gross domestic product in 10 years. The driving factors behind the spending growth will be the expansion of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, faster economic growth, and the aging population. Source

• A study revealed that small drones can be effective methods of transportation for common and routine blood-tests. The new findings could help patients in rural areas of the world that lack passable roads and efficient transportation. The drones are able to provide health care workers with quick access to lab tests needed for diagnosis and treatments. Source

• A report on a clinical trial testing an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea after the outbreak of the viral and deadly disease has shown promising initial results. The report indicates that the vaccine could be highly effective and safe in preventing the Ebola virus. While the vaccine is not intended to prevent any future outbreaks, it is most effective for patients who are treated within six days of being exposed to the Ebola virus. Source

On The Front Lines:

Apple continues its downward trend this week in the mobile device wars against Android, losing 0.10 percent among pMD's charge capture physician users. Apple still dominates the physician market share, but it is clear that Android is making a slow but steady increase. Will we see Apple dip under 90 percent next week, or can they hold on? Check back next week for the results!


iOS: 90.02%
Android: 9.98%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.
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