July 30, 2021
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The ACR and other imaging groups have joined ACGME Equity Matters, a joint collaboration between the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies that aims to improve diversity, health equity and inclusion in medicine. "We are committed to the significant and sustained efforts that will be needed to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine and counter structural racism," council CEO Dr. Helen Burstin said.
Full Story: Health Imaging (7/29) 
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Researchers analyzed data on 16,341 women and found a declining percentage had no out-of-pocket costs for breast MRI, from 43.1% in 2009 to 26.2% in 2017, compared with an increasing share who had no out-of-pocket costs for screening mammography. "The rising trend of high-deductible plan enrollment suggests that, without policy actions to extend the prevention provision of the ACA to individuals at high risk for cancers, more women are likely to experience financial burden from screening MRI in the future," study authors wrote in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Full Story: AuntMinnie (free registration) (7/30) 
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The Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans in Combat Environments Act, authored by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., has been approved by the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The bill would cover mammogram screenings for female veterans exposed to burn pits or other toxic materials during their service regardless of age, family history or symptoms.
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A study in Radiology suggests it may be possible to predict who among COVID-19 patients are at higher risk of experiencing long-term effects of the disease by combining lung severity scores and quantitative chest CT findings. Researchers analyzed baseline CT scans from 118 patients with moderate-to-severe COVID-19 infection and found fibrotic-like changes in the lungs of 72% of patients and ground-glass opacities in the lungs of 42%.
Full Story: Diagnostic Imaging (7/28) 
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Ultrasound assists in diagnosis of Olympic injuries
Ultrasound and other imaging methods are being used to diagnose athletes' injuries at the Tokyo Olympics. For example, one New Zealand athlete underwent an ultrasound during a pre-Olympic soccer match.
Full Story: AuntMinnie (free registration) (7/29) 
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The CDC has issued COVID-19 testing recommendations urging fully vaccinated people to get tested three to five days after exposure to the virus even if they don't experience symptoms. Prior recommendations indicated fully vaccinated people only needed testing after exposure if they were symptomatic.
Full Story: The New York Times (7/30) 
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Health Care Policy
The White House is taking additional steps to boost the number of vaccinated Americans as a new wave of COVID-19 infections threatens areas with low vaccination rates with the mandate to require proof of vaccination from federal workers and contractors and payments of $100 for each newly vaccinated. "With freedom comes responsibility. So please exercise responsible judgment. Get vaccinated for yourself, the people you love, for your country," President Joe Biden said. Presently, the number of fully vaccinated Americans has reached 163.9 million, while the number of administered COVID-19 vaccine doses now totals 344.1 million, according to the CDC.
Full Story: Reuters (7/29),  Reuters (7/29) 
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DirectTrust is seeking approval from the American National Standards Institute on Trusted Instant Messaging Plus standards for secure, real-time communication within and between health care enterprises. DirectTrust's TIM+ Consensus Body is holding an information session Aug. 24 and is seeking stakeholder input and comments on the draft standard by Sept. 14.
Full Story: EHR Intelligence (7/28) 
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Technology News
Ultrasound patch monitors cardiovascular health
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego developed an ultrasound patch designed to detect heart function and related measures such as blood flow. "This type of wearable device can give you a more comprehensive, more accurate picture of what's going on in deep tissues and critical organs like the heart and the brain, all from the surface of the skin," said Sheng Xu, lead researcher and professor of nanoengineering, in a news release.
Full Story: The Engineer (UK) (7/26) 
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Eighty percent of respondents to a Harris Poll expressed concern about digital COVID-19 vaccination certificates, and though 68% said they would sign up for one, only 45% said they would be very likely to use one. Digital credentials may be less prone to fraud than paper vaccine cards, but standardization, consistent adoption and strict privacy rules are necessary, and researchers at the Brookings Institution are urging the federal government to promulgate regulations that ban companies from selling or mishandling personal health information.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (7/29) 
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A World Health Organization report titled Ethics & Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health warns about the risks of overestimating the benefits of artificial intelligence in health care at the cost of investments and strategies to achieve universal health coverage. The report, developed by a panel of experts, outlines six consensus principles for ensuring AI works to the public benefit and does not subordinate patient and community rights to commercial interests or government surveillance and social control.
Full Story: Healthcare IT News (7/28) 
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