Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 this week, a staggering number that all but matches the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam combined. The U.S. toll is by far the highest reported in the world, accounting for 20 percent of the nearly 2.5 million coronavirus deaths globally. Read More
• COVID-19’s impact on front-line health care staff will unfold for years to come, but it appears to have already had an effect on physicians’ career plans. According to a new survey, a surprisingly large percentage of physicians are considering leaving the practice of medicine entirely, retiring early, or leaving to work for another employer. Read More
• The massive amount of data available in health care makes it a prime area for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) automation. Implementing these technologies has the potential to advance preventive care, but for that to be possible, health systems need to adopt "high-level" AI and ML processes. Read More
• Revenues across U.S. hospitals could be at least $53 billion lower in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to the American Hospital Association. Health systems are still dealing with the fallout from delaying non-urgent procedures, depressed volumes, higher expenses as well as the physical and mental health toll of COVID-19 on their staff. Read More
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