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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  After weeks of political tug-of-war, the House managed to pass the Republicans' replacement to the Affordable Care Act. House members voted on Thursday, resulting in a narrow margin in favor of the GOP. Democrats have made clear that they will unanimously oppose the bill.  Read More

•  With summer just around the corner, experts warn of increases in a tick-borne virus called Powassan. Over the past 10 years, 75 cases have been reported in the northeastern states and the Great Lakes region of the U.S. The virus is found to be potentially life-threatening. The most common symptoms are fever and headache, although most infected people will never show symptoms.  Read More

•  Days after Republican Rep. Will Hurd introduced a new IT modernization bill dubbed the Modernizing Government Technology Act, President Trump signed an executive order creating the American Technology Council. This organization will be aimed at modernizing the federal government's IT systems.  Read More

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new guidelines in an effort to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs), updated from the last released guidelines in 1999. Some of the updated recommendations include using an alcohol-based product to cleanse skin in the operating room, not using topical antimicrobial substances in an incision, maintaining the patient's normal body temperature and more.  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 software.

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report this week about a Nevada woman who died because the bacteria was resistant to every single antibiotic available in the United States. Dubbed as a "nightmare bacteria", Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, is highly resistant to antibiotics. Recent findings indicate that CRE is more widespread than previously thought and that people may spread the germs even though they may show no sign of illness. Read More

• The number of uninsured Americans will increase by 32 million within a decade by enacting even a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act. While most of the coverage reductions would result from the disappearance of individual mandate penalties, a mass exit from insurers from the individual market are also expected to play a role. Read More

• A group of prominent donors announced this Wednesday that they had raised almost $500 million for a new partnership with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to tackle pandemics. New epidemics can be expected to occur regularly and spread quickly due to air travel, public health experts warn. Stopping them in their early stages will save lives and billions of dollars. Read More

• A.I. can be applied today to ever-expanding health data sets. Its many uses can be applied to settings such as clinical decision support, research data mining and analytics, as well as pattern classification for tasks such as tumor detection. One of many limitations to keep in mind, however, is that A.I. is only as good as the quality of data they are being fed. But hospitals holding off on A.I. might be missing out on the opportunity to help shape the technological advancements in health care. 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 software.