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Health officials have diagnosed a Chicago woman with the deadly Coronavirus, making her the second confirmed case in the United States. Luckily she was not symptomatic when flying, significantly limiting the concern of transmission to others. U.S health officials are also monitoring 63 additional cases across 22 states.  Read More

There's no shortage of logistical crossovers between theme parks and health care organizations, but so far one has had much more success when creating positive consumer experiences. Ultimately, it comes down to four things; the people, the platform, the places and the processes.  Read More

A new watch has received FDA clearance to be used to detect irregular heart rates. Researcher plan to use the watch in order to build solutions to help with screening, diagnosis, and management of patients with AFib. More than 10 million people in the U.S. may be at high risk for the condition, with about one-third going undiagnosed.  Read More

The use of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms in healthcare is poised to expand significantly over the next few years, but serious questions around the ethical and responsible use still remain. According to the CTO of Philips, there are five guiding principles for responsible use of AI in healthcare and personal health applications: well-being, oversight, robustness, fairness, and transparency.  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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A doctor in Texas has been found guilty of falsely diagnosing patients with life-long degenerative diseases. Why would someone commit such a heinous act of malpractice, you may ask? I was all part of a $325 million fraud scheme in which patients where administered chemotherapy and other invasive treatments they did not need based on the false diagnoses.  Read More

On average, physicians are spending just more than 16 minutes per patient encounter on their EHR, with chart review representing more than one-third of that time. While the study, which consisted of nearly 100 million patient visits across 155,000 physicians, did not draw any conclusions, positive or negative, the data should be beneficial in future research addressing physician burnout.  Read More

As Google continues to push steadily into health care, the tech giant has spent more time in the spotlight, then they wish. The company continues to face criticism for its efforts to obtain the health records of millions of Americans without their awareness or consent and now find themselves locked into a very public battle.  Read More

Health care may not be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about virtual reality. Still, the technology has the potential to make a significant impact on adolescent cancer patients. A new study is underway to determine if VR-based group therapy sessions will reduce levels of anxiety and depression while eliminating the burden of travel.  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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As the lines between consumer technology and health care continue to blur, the future of health technology was on full display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. Among the standouts include a new smart lighting system to provide the optimal light to both the surgical areas and patient rooms, a wearable that makes users feel five degrees hotter or colder, and headset that uses neurowave stimulation from light and sound to reduce chronic pain.  Read More

The health care industry is slowly adapting to the priorities of Millennials, but a recent survey reports that 62 percent are more likely to take their pets to the vet before going to the doctor themselves. In addition, 79 percent say they ask "Dr. Google" about a health issue before calling an actual doctor. The industry certainly has its work cut out for them.  Read More

This week the world was introduced to Ballie, Samsung's new "personal care robot" that uses artificial intelligence to help seniors connect with smart devices in the home, while also doubling as a fitness assistant. According to the company, the small, ball-shaped robot “understands you, supports you, and reacts to your needs to be actively helpful around the house."  Read More

Ever wondered which states have the most affordable healthcare? According to a new scorecard rating states on their adoption of policies to improve the affordability of healthcare, Massachusetts tops the list. The scorecard takes into account policy areas such as extending coverage, lowering out-of-pocket costs, reducing low-value care, and, curbing excess prices. Where does your state rank?  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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The earlier you can identify breast cancer, the better, and artificial intelligence (AI) may soon provide the best chance to do so. According to researchers, their AI model is not only able to detect breast cancer from scans with the same accuracy as radiographers, but also reduce the number of false reports.  Read More

Millennials now represent the largest segment of the U.S. population and have very different expectations for the health care industry than generations before them. Their desire for improved health care access, value, and experience will force the industry to completely re-think its approach in order to win their business.  Read More

If you opt-in to Facebook’s new Preventative Health Tool, you can receive suggestions for routine health exams in your feed, including mammograms, flu shots, and blood pressure screenings. Users can mark when they’ve completed procedures, and elect to receive reminders when they’re due for a follow-up. While convenient, there are some inherent privacy issues that come with it.  Read More

The past 10 years have brought about some monumental changes in the health care industry. A look back highlights some of the biggest storylines of the decade, including the move from paper to digital records via EHRs, the rise and fall of Theranos, an opioid epidemic, and much much 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, secure messaging, clinical communication, and care navigation software.


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A new program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is using remote-controlled robots to bring some holiday cheer to children in isolation or on bed rest. These robots allow children like Jayden, who has cystic fibrosis, to participate in morale-boosting activities with other kids from their hospital beds.  Read More

• Direct-to-consumer genetic testing is a hot commodity this holiday season, but some experts are advising against giving your loved ones the gift of decoding their genes. Among the primary concerns are the shaky science and privacy behind these highly watered-down versions of what you can get from an actual healthcare provider.  Read More

• If you've passed through several U.S. airports during the holiday season, you may have been exposed to measles. Health officials in Austin, Texas, Chicago, and Richmond, Virginia, have all put out advisories regarding possible measles exposures and are trying to locate any persons who may have been exposed during the infectious period.  Read More

• The new year is almost here, which means health executives want to identify and capitalize on the trends that will shape health care in 2020. New strategies and technologies will play key roles, but so will investing in people. Organizations must place emphasis on attracting and retaining talent by improving the employee experience and building the capabilities of their employees.  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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Chili peppers aren’t for the faint of heart, but maybe they should be. According to a recent study, those who consumed the spice at least four times per week reduced their risk of dying from a heart attack by a staggering 44 percent and from cerebrovascular disease by 61 percent.  Read More

•  Nearly 1.5 million people in the U.S. develop sepsis each year, with a mortality rate of 17 percent. For sepsis, it’s all about early detection, and now one hospital system is using AI to analyze EHR data to deliver real-time warnings to clinicians.  Read More

The U.S. is already behind the curve when it comes to primary care, and now it looks as if we’re moving in the wrong direction. A new study found a two percent drop in people with primary care physicians in the last decade, a decrease that represents millions of Americans.  Read More

Experts are predicting gene editing and data privacy will be among the top issues which determine the future of health in the next ten years. Will the first CRISPR-based medication be approved within the next decade? At least one expert says yes.  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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Everyone has a go-to family soup recipe that seems to magically cure any illness; but how about one of the world’s most deadly diseases? What started as an elementary school science experiment could have significant impacts on the fight against malaria.  Read More

•  This year’s flu season is off to an early start, spreading like wildfire. Even after seeing one co-worker or classmate fall victim after another, still, more than one-third of people refuse to get a flu shot. Widespread vaccination remains our best defense against this sometimes-deadly virus.  Read More

We may be on the verge of a major breakthrough in treating advanced breast cancer. Doctors recently released test results of two experimental drugs, one of which can deliver chemotherapy directly to the cancer cell.  Read More

CVS launched a new program aimed at boosting access to genetic testing for people with advanced cancers. A partnership with the precision medicine company Tempus will make it easier for doctors to pinpoint the best treatment option.  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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Roughly half of the new 133 grants announced by the US Department of Agriculture, totaling $42.5 million, will help bankroll the deployment of telemedicine programs in rural areas. These grants are the latest push from the federal government to improve education and healthcare access in rural areas across the country.  Read More

Often times patients are unaware of the costs of health care services until it is too late and they are on the hook for expensive medical bills. University Health is now offering a price estimator on its website to give patients a head start in planning.  Read More

Researchers say that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to predict future heart risks and even death by examining electrocardiogram (ECG) test results. The studies are among the first to use AI to predict future events from ECG results rather than to detect current health problems.  Read More

Amazon is attempting to make clinical documentation more efficient with its new medical transcription service. Cerner is already using the platform to develop a digital voice scribe that can "listen" in the background during a patient's visit and transcribe physician-patient conversations into text.  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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• It’s Black Friday today, which means deals, deals, and more deals. And TVs and sweaters are not the only things on sale. Some health care organizations are getting into the spending frenzy, offering discounts on items such as medical supplies or healthcare services. One hospital is even offering a 50 percent discount on balances paid in full.  Read More

In this day and age, social media represents the biggest outlet for those seeking support. Behavioral health and social media have a long-standing and complicated relationship, but Pinterest is making an effort to address a big issue by removing posts related to self-harm.  Read More

Amazon’s Alexa has a new skill; managing your medications and reminding you to take them. This is another big step for the tech giant into health care, adding fuel to the conversation of convenience versus privacy, especially when it comes to confidential information like medical details.  Read More

• As we close out the year, it is once again time to consult the crystal ball for what 2020 holds in store for the health care industry. Will the balance of power begin to shift from hospital systems back to physician groups? Amid revelations about data privacy, will companies that are transparent and ethical come out ahead?  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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What will health care look like in 2040? According to Deloitte, we can expect monumental changes in the next 20 years, including almost zero diseases with no cure and affordable cell and gene therapies for the masses. What else should we expect?  Read More

The rise of out-of-pocket costs has created an expectation for physicians to better understand the cost of care and how to reduce spending. This is why the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on medical schools and residency programs to add medical economics courses to their curriculums.  Read More

Just a week after reports of Google’s controversial project involving patient data, the tech giant showed off its new integrated charting system. In an attempt to reduce documentation and EHR burden for physicians, doctors can access a unified view of data normally spread across multiple systems.  Read More

In a landmark trial, doctors are reporting the first evidence that genetically edited cells could offer a safe way to treat sickle cell disease. The cells modified using CRISPR seem to already be limiting the agonizing attacks of pain the disease is known for.  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.