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For hospitals and clinics, insurance to protect against losses from Ebola
By WBUR (Boston) | October 17, 2014
How much money might hospitals lose during an Ebola-related quarantine? And will patients use hospitals that treat the virus? Boston-based insurance broker Phil Edmundson at William Gallagher Associates is rolling out a new policy for Ebola-related losses at hospitals and clinics across the country.
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Oregon health exchange probes another security breach
By Associated Press via Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.) | October 17, 2014
A Klamath Falls, Ore., woman who applied for health coverage through Cover Oregon says the insurance exchange mailed her the personal information of other applicants. This is the 18th low-level security breach in six months, Cover Oregon officials said. They said the information inadvertently...
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BBC launches WhatsApp Ebola service
By BBC | October 17, 2014
The BBC has launched an Ebola public health information service on WhatsApp, aimed at users of the service in West Africa. The service will provide audio, text message alerts and images to help people get the latest public health information to combat the spread of Ebola in the region.
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Apple to fix Health app after blood glucose measurement issue
By CNet | October 16, 2014
Apple is temporarily pulling a feature of its Health app, designed for tracking blood glucose levels, after it emerged the app was not compatible with standard measurements used in the U.K. and Australia.
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Digital doctors: China sees tech cure for healthcare woes
By Reuters | October 16, 2014
Digital technology—from electronic patient records to remote healthcare—is already widely used in developed markets such as the U.S. and Europe, but the sheer size and scale of China offer a huge opportunity for tech firms and a big challenge for doctors, who say China lags far behind.
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State urges Ohio hospitals to conduct Ebola drills
By Associated Press | October 16, 2014
The state of Ohio is recommending that hospitals conduct drills this week to practice how they'd interact with a potential Ebola patient and use protective equipment.
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T-cell therapy puts leukemia patients in extended remission
By New York Times | October 16, 2014
An experimental therapy has brought prolonged remissions to a high proportion of patients who were facing death from advanced leukemia after standard treatments had failed, researchers are reporting. The therapy involves genetically programming cells from the patient's own immune system to fight...
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Malpractice laws that favor doctors fail to cut health costs: study
By Reuters | October 16, 2014
For decades, it's been the conventional wisdom that U.S. healthcare costs are high because doctors order expensive tests to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits, but new evidence says that assumption is wrong.
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Stem cells from human embryos safe, improve vision: study
By Reuters | October 15, 2014
The longest-running trial of stem cells derived from a human embryo found that the cells caused patients none of the problems scientists feared, such as forming tumors, and reversed partial blindness in about half the eyes receiving transplants, researchers reported on Tuesday.
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Could big data analytics help contain Ebola's spread?
By BBC | October 15, 2014
A growing number of data scientists believe big data analytics could help contain the spread of Ebola. They suggest data gleaned from social media, travel ports, and mobile phones, which are widely owned in even the poorest countries in Africa, can help track population movements and help health...
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