StarTribune: Searching for a senior home? A new tool helps Minnesotans screen out unsafe providers

StarTribune: Searching for a senior home? A new tool helps Minnesotans screen out unsafe providers. “An elder advocacy group launched an online tool, called Elder Care IQ, that provides access to state inspection reports for 2,000 nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and home health agencies across Minnesota. The tool can help people identify providers that have a history of abuse and neglect of residents, as well as those that received a clean bill of health from state inspectors.”

Pharma must stay the course on Twitter as docs are not abandoning the platform yet: Report (Fierce Pharma)

Fierce Pharma: Pharma must stay the course on Twitter as docs are not abandoning the platform yet: Report. “Like it or loathe it, and whatever its new direction, Twitter is still a powerful platform for doctors, and pharma should not abandon the troubled social media site yet, according to a new report from healthcare consultants at ZoomRx.”

Penn Medicine: Penn Medicine Study Finds Automated Texts Decrease Odds of Rehospitalization

Penn Medicine: Penn Medicine Study Finds Automated Texts Decrease Odds of Rehospitalization. “…researchers saw a significant decrease in hospital readmission among patients who received automated check-in text messages from their primary care team. Specifically, the researchers found a 55 percent decline in the likelihood that these patients would need to stay at the hospital again in the next month, and a 41 percent reduction in the odds that they would need emergency care of any kind over the next 30 days.”

ITV: Southampton General Hospital clarifies it is ‘very much open’ after Google said it was closed

ITV: Southampton General Hospital clarifies it is ‘very much open’ after Google said it was closed. “A major hospital has been forced to clarify that it is ‘very much open’ after it was flagged as temporarily closed by Google Maps. Southampton General Hospital, which is one of the busiest in the South, deals with emergency and critical care as well as acute medicine and operates a dedicated eye casualty.”

PR Newswire: New Website Helps Public Health Job Seekers Nationwide (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Website Helps Public Health Job Seekers Nationwide. (PRESS RELEASE). “The site offers a simple way to search for jobs both nationally and by state and includes job preview videos of several different public health careers as well as information on working in governmental public health. In the future, add-ons to the site will include additional career spotlights as well as fellowship, internship and training programs in governmental health departments, a job-skills quiz to help identify potential career fits, and career resources for those seeking their first job in government.”

University of Washington: How low-cost earbuds can make newborn hearing screening accessible

University of Washington: How low-cost earbuds can make newborn hearing screening accessible. “Newborns across the United States are screened to check for hearing loss. This test is important because it helps families better understand their child’s health, but it’s often not accessible to children in other countries because the screening device is expensive. A team led by researchers at the University of Washington has created a new hearing screening system that uses a smartphone and low-cost earbuds instead.”

Newswise: AI model using daily step counts predicts unplanned hospitalizations during cancer therapy

Newswise: AI model using daily step counts predicts unplanned hospitalizations during cancer therapy. “An artificial intelligence (AI) model developed by researchers can predict the likelihood that a patient may have an unplanned hospitalization during their radiation treatments for cancer. The machine-learning model uses daily step counts as a proxy to monitor patients’ health as they go through cancer therapy, offering clinicians a real-time method to provide personalized care.”

The Verge: YouTube will let doctors and nurses apply to be labeled as reliable

The Verge: YouTube will let doctors and nurses apply to be labeled as reliable. “Licensed healthcare professionals on YouTube can now apply to get panels added to their videos that mark them as reliable health information sources, the company said Thursday. They’ll also be able to have videos added to health content shelves, which compile information on specific medical conditions.”

University of California San Francisco: New Industry Documents Highlight Role of Pharmacies in Driving Opioid Epidemic

University of California San Francisco: New Industry Documents Highlight Role of Pharmacies in Driving Opioid Epidemic. “Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have added new documents to the Opioid Industry Documents Archive that detail the role of retail pharmacies in the opioid overdose epidemic.”

Yale School of Nursing: Ramos Explores How A Virtual Environment Can Produce Cardiovascular Health Gains IRL

Yale School of Nursing: Ramos Explores How A Virtual Environment Can Produce Cardiovascular Health Gains IRL. “Using mixed methods, Dr. Ramos will conduct qualitative interviews and then test if the virtual environment is acceptable as prevention education. Using the American Heart Association’s Life Simple 7 Framework, Dr. [S. Raquel] Ramos is embedding information into the virtual environment to address issues, such as nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and nicotine exposure.”

Houston Chronicle: St. Luke’s Health record system is still offline a week after ransomware attack at parent company

Houston Chronicle: St. Luke’s Health record system is still offline a week after ransomware attack at parent company. “A cyber attack against a major U.S. nonprofit health system has snarled patient services for more than a week at six St. Luke’s Health hospitals in Houston, where online records systems have been shut down and doctors have resorted to cumbersome backup options.”

Iowa Attorney General: IowaOpioidHelp. com provides resources for Iowans with Opioid Use Disorder

Iowa Attorney General: IowaOpioidHelp. com provides resources for Iowans with Opioid Use Disorder. “IowaOpioidHelp.com provides a pathway to recovery for Iowans with Opioid Use Disorder and their loved ones. Visitors to the website will learn about Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT), a proven method of using FDA-approved drugs to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms for people with opioid use disorder…. An interactive map at IowaOpioidHelp.com shows a list of MAT and OUD clinics contracted with the State of Iowa.”