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Health IT Update; Plus, The Covid Vice Age

InnovationRx is your weekly digest of healthcare news. To get it in your inbox, subscribe here. While a minimum viable product may be key for startups to attract first investors and customers, Micky Tripathi, the federal national coordinator for health information technology, warning against this approach when it comes to health IT compliance. “Don’t do … Read more

This Health Insurance Company Is A Better Pick Over UnitedHealth Stock

UKRAINE – 05/21/2021: In this photo illustration a Cigna Corporation logo seen displayed on a … [+] smartphone and in the background. (Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images We think that Cigna stock (NYSE: CI) currently is a better pick compared to UnitedHealth stock (NYSE: UNH) in … Read more

Is CVS Health Stock A Better Pick Over This Retailer?

SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES – 01/23/2020: American retail and health care company CVS Pharmacy logo … [+] seen at one of their stores. (Photo by Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images We believe that CVS Health stock (NYSE: CVS) currently appears to be an attractive pick over its peer Target … Read more

Former Biden advisers, public health experts release ‘roadmap for living with Covid’

CNN — Some of the nation’s leading public health experts, including the former coronavirus advisers to the Biden administration, detail in a new report when and how the United States can transition out of the Covid-19 pandemic phase and back into “pre-pandemic routines and lives. ” Among the recommendations in the report are for the … Read more

Mobile health app users found to be more content with public health governance during COVID-19

In a recent study published in Healthcareresearchers assessed the effect of mobile health (mhealth) app usage on enhancing public health satisfaction during coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Study: The Impact of Using mHealth Apps on Improving Public Health Satisfaction during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Digital Content Value Chain Perspective. Image Credit: DimaBerlin/Shutterstock The constant increase in … Read more

COVID-19 close contact rules for WA schools updated as parents and carers avoid quarantine

New rules have been introduced for close contacts linked to COVID-19 cases in West Australian schools. Key points: Parents with a child who is a close contact do not need to quarantine The Chief Health Officer says the rules will minimise the impact on families Families are being urged to take extra precautions and monitor … Read more

Social Determinants of Health and COVID-19 Mortality

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minorities. While this unfortunately aligns with health inequities that have historically plagued these populations, one study sought to understand how structural factors are correlated with COVID-19 mortality across racial and ethnic groups. The investigators wrote, “Evidence shows that social determinants of health (SDOH), the structural conditions … Read more

As omicron weakens, health officials urge diligence; summer lull not a certainty | Health

State health officials are cautioning against complacency as the omicron variant wave of the coronavirus pandemic fades around the country and in North Dakota. Active cases of COVID-19 ticked up slightly on Friday, to 835, but they’ve plummeted in recent weeks. This week the state’s 14-day rolling test positivity rate fell back below the state … Read more

A Call to Address Health Inequities Now, Before Next Pandemic

March 4, 2022 — With new cases of COVID-19 continuing to fall, this could be the time to focus on making sure everyone has equal access to vaccines and other drugs before the next public health emergency. The coronavirus pandemic, now in its third year, saw major issues develop around equal access to diagnosis, care, … Read more

WA’s travel rules ease from today, so what’s changing and will my G2G application be approved?

After months of waiting, WA’s border restrictions have finally eased, although a full reopening is still on hold indefinitely. Premier Mark McGowan has said these adjustments balance safety and compassion and will help delay widespread community transmission of Omicron in WA until more people have had their booster. While thousands are expected to flock to … Read more