ANALYSIS AND COMMENTS

Can Social Informatics Improve Social Determinants of Health Data?

September 2020 EHRIntelligence; Social informatics could be the answer to some of healthcare’s social determinants of health (SDOH) data problems, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).   The rise of value-based reimbursement has led the medical field to increasingly recognize the importance of meeting not …

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Researchers say Hong Kong man is first confirmed to have Covid-19 twice — but more research is needed

August 2020 CNN; A 33-year-old man living in Hong Kong had Covid-19 twice this year, according to preliminary research out of China.  The pre-print study — which the University of Hong Kong said on Monday has been accepted to publish in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases — found that the man’s second case of …

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China says it’s been vaccinating doctors and border workers since July

August 2020 CNN; China has been using an experimental coronavirus vaccine on people who work in “high risk” professions since July, including front line medical professionals and border inspectors, a senior official from the national health commission revealed over the weekend. Zheng Zhongwei, director of the Science and Technology Development Center of the …

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Remdesivir, the only FDA-authorized drug for COVID-19, may not significantly improve outcomes, a study found

August 2020 BusinessInsider; Remdesivir is as close to famous as an antiviral treatment gets. The drug is the only one that has gotten emergency authorization from the FDA as a coronavirus treatment.  Gilead Sciences began developing remdesivir as a treatment for Ebola in 2009, and though it was never approved …

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Weed is not good for your heart, studies say

August 2020 CNN; You may love smoking weed, but it does not love your heart, according to the American Heart Association’s new scientific statement on marijuana.”The American Heart Association recommends that people not smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis products, because of the potential harm to the heart, lungs …

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South Africa cases pass half million mark

August 2020 BBC; More than half a million coronavirus cases have been confirmed in South Africa, according to the country’s health minister. Zweli Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 503,290, along with 8,153 deaths. South Africa is the hardest-hit country on the continent and accounts …

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