April 23, 2021
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Researchers set up registry to track long COVID
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The CDC is funding a study led by academic medical institutions to better understand why some patients with COVID-19 have persistent symptoms after clearing the virus. Adults who have had COVID-19 symptoms and a recent test, regardless of the results, will be asked to submit data in English or Spanish using an internet-connected device and will be tracked for two years.
Full Story: KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (4/22) 
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EHR & CLINICAL CARE
Geriatric patients with cancer were able to complete a self-administered geriatric assessment via EHR, through a telehealth platform or with assistance in person, researchers reported at the Oncology Nursing Society Congress. The nurse-led, EHR-based approach boosted communication and engagement among patients with family members and caregivers and facilitated care team collaboration, researchers said.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (4/22) 
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TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
A super-thin, adhesive, polyvinyl alcohol film embedded with gold and stuck to the chest of study volunteers detected their heartbeat and electrical impulses generated by muscle movement and transmitted the data to a small, wireless transmitter, which sent the data to a smartphone or computer. The lightweight, stretchable e-skin is stuck to human skin with a water spray and "is the next generation of wearables," says inventor Takao Someya.
Full Story: CNN (4/22) 
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Virta Health recently raised $133 million in a Series E round to support a type 2 diabetes management platform. Patient health is monitored remotely, and specialists provide health, lifestyle and nutrition counseling via telehealth, with the goal of reversing type 2 diabetes.
Full Story: Cardiovascular Business online (4/22),  MobiHealthNews (4/20) 
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LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY
FTC warns against using AI that results in discrimination
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The Federal Trade Commission warned health systems and businesses that they may be violating consumer protection laws if their use of artificial intelligence algorithms has a discriminatory outcome. In a blog post, the FTC's Elisa Jillson also warned developers of AI not to make misleading statements about their technology and wrote that algorithms should be tested before being used and periodically thereafter to ensure they don't discriminate.
Full Story: FierceHealthcare (4/22) 
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PATIENT ADVOCACY
Researchers studied 2,588 adult survivors of adolescent and young adult cancers and 256,964 adults without a cancer history and found that survivors of AYA cancers were more likely to report at least one hardship measure in behavioral and material domains. The findings in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute also showed that AYA cancer survivors were more likely to report at least one cost-related prescription medication nonadherence behavior, compared with those without a cancer history.
Full Story: Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/22) 
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The newest phase of the HHS "We Can Do This" COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which kicked off Thursday, features live events with medical experts and influential celebrities answering questions on popular social media channels.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (4/22) 
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BIG DATA & ANALYTICS
Real-time data analysis key to pandemic prevention
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Scientists and clinicians have produced vast troves of data on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, but all that data is useless for preventing or responding to the next pandemic in the absence of real-world, real-time data aggregation and analysis, write Panalgo founder and CEO Joseph Menzin and Peter Neumann, director of the Tufts University Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health. "If de-identified patient data could be mined at a national level, artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms could have identified patterns far faster than it took isolated researchers working with small patient pools," they write.
Full Story: Scientific American online (4/22) 
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A two-step algorithm that analyzes six clinical variables accurately identified people with scleroderma who had pulmonary arterial hypertension, suggesting the algorithm could be used for screening and referral for catheterization. Ultrasound is reliable for detecting the condition in symptomatic patients but less accurate in early-stage or asymptomatic patients, and the algorithm may improve diagnosis and outcomes, says Dinesh Khanna, director of the scleroderma program at Michigan Medicine.
Full Story: Health IT Analytics (4/22) 
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News from AHIMA
In the Journal of AHIMA, educator Ellen S. Karl, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA, argues that advanced education is the best tool for adapting to a quickly evolving health care landscape. "There is an imperative in today's healthcare world for the skills necessary for higher-level positions in HIM," Karl writes. Read more.
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Properly translating clinical diagnoses into usable data is at the heart of clinical documentation integrity. CDI well done ultimately helps to manage risk for both patients and physicians. These new AHIMA courses feature inpatient- and outpatient-focused lessons that offer a practical way to level set your team's experience. Learn more.
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This on-demand course lets you work at your own pace! AHIMA's new ICD-10-CM-PCS trainer shows attendees how to successfully train others to up their game. Also covered are topics for computer-assisted coding, AI, auditing, CDI and mapping principles. Completion of the course earns 18 CEUs. Learn more.
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