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Alex Azar

Pharmacies Welcome Trump Administration Call to Governors for Steps to Empower Health Professionals – Urge Removal of More Pharmacy Barriers Now | PRWeb | 3/26/2020

… the states to remove more barriers to assure pharmacies and pharmacists are fully ready for the escalating demands of the pandemic. In a letter to the nation’s governors, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar , asked for “assistance to extend the capacity of the healthcare workforce to address the pandemic.” Several of the state policy changes that Azar urged are consistent with NACDS’ March 24 open letter to the …

Warren Buffett

Commentary: CEOs as statespersons or self-interested survivors | Fortune | 3/26/2020

… words and deeds of the series of individual CEOs are far more powerful in repairing public trust than private group lobbying sessions. While we’ve not heard from familiar voices such as Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett , JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, and other high-profile business figures beyond mere media appearances, bold CEOs have spoken out with inspiring messages matched by actions. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson offered to pay employees …

Ajit Pai

FCC Delays Auction Due to Coronavirus, Gets 500+ Pledges - March 26, 2020 - Zacks.com | 3/26/2020

… scheduled to begin on Apr 28. These adjustments were necessary to protect the health and safety of staff members and to allow parties additional time to prepare to participate. At the same time, chairman Ajit Pai stated that 580 broadband and telephone service providers have now taken his Keep Americans Connected Pledge, an increase of 190 from last Thursday. He also commended providers who responded to his call to go …

Ted Danson

Discover Breakthroughs in Automation and Artificial Intelligence on an Upcoming Episode of Advancements Television Series | PRWeb | 3/26/2020

… to lead the transformation into digital healthcare and Precision Medicine. It was founded on the conviction of fusing medical science with advanced mathematical modeling and big data technology…” JUPITER, Fla. During Q3/2020, Advancements with Ted Danson will focus on how technology is transforming precision medicine. Check your local listings for more info. This segment of Advancements will discover how Ninety One Holdings, Inc. (Ninety One) aspires to advance precision medicine …

Andrew Cuomo

New York creates surge healthcare workforce + 25 other updates from the hardest-hit states | Becker’s Hospital Review | 3/25/2020

… is not an exhaustive list of health measures being taken by the states. New York (26,376 cases as of 7:25 a.m. CDT March 25) 1. In a press briefing March 25, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that 40,000 people have signed up for a surge healthcare workforce that the state is putting together, comprised of retired healthcare workers as well as providers who have moved on to other jobs …

Laura Wood

Insights on the Worldwide Oxygen Conserving Devices Industry to 2027 - Drivers, Restraints and Opportunities | PR Newswire | 3/25/2020

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Jeff Bezos

Tech companies are crucial players in the coronavirus response. Are they contributing what’s most needed? | STAT | 3/25/2020

… left, Oracle CEO Safra Catz; White House Director of the Office of American Innovation and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner; Apple CEO Tim Cook; President Trump; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ; and White House Director of Strategic Initiatives Chris Liddell participate in a meeting of the American Technology Council at the White House in 2017. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A version of this story appeared …

Steve Jobs

This former Apple CEO says that a lesson from Steve Jobs can help startups navigate through the coronavirus crisis: ‘Zoom out, think beyond’ | Business Insider | 3/25/2020

… new age of innovation. Industries like telehealth and remote work are on the cusp of a breakthrough, Sculley observed. And startup founders looking to innovate could look to a saying from his old colleague Steve Jobs for guidance. “Steve used to say, ‘you always have to zoom out beyond the boundaries of the industry as it’s known,’” Sculley said, “‘What would that be in terms of changing how everybody thought …

Roy Blunt

COVID-19 economic stimulus deal includes billions in hospital funding | Modern Healthcare | 3/25/2020

… specific emergency fund, and a later draft included $75 billion. Federation of American Hospitals President and CEO Chip Kahn said in a statement that he supports the bill’s passage. Senate Appropriations health subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said he was satisfied with the package and had pushed for the $100 billion in hospital funding throughout negotiations, though he said Congress still needs to take “another step” on coronavirus relief …

Mike Pence

Senate agrees on $2 trillion aid deal; FEMA secures 60K tests without wartime law & 7 other COVID-19 updates | Becker’s Hospital Review | 3/25/2020

… but haven’t had to use it.” Moments later, Peter Gaynor, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, said on CNN that the law would be implemented, which Becker’s Hospital Review reported . In the afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence said at a Fox News town hall it would not be necessary to invoke the law, saying companies stepped forward voluntarily. The president confirmed the law hadn’t been activated at a 5:45 p.m. White …

Phil Murphy

MYOS RENS Technology Reports a 187% Increase in Net Revenues for the Year Ended December 31, 2019 | PR Newswire | 3/25/2020

… industry leader after the current pandemic comes to an end,” stated Mr. Mannello. “Because MYOS is deemed an essential business we can remain open during the statewide business shutdown ordered by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on March 21. MYOS’ employees have been working remotely while taking precautions in order to manage supply chain-related issues. We prepared for the possibility of a business shutdown and moved a greater quantity …

Melinda Gates

Amazon Care is picking up and delivering at-home coronavirus tests | Business Insider | 3/25/2020

… others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here. Amazon Care is teaming up with the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network ( SCAN ) — a research endeavor back by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — to study how the coronavirus is spreading among different demographic groups, according to CNBC. As part of the team-up, Amazon Care will deliver diagnostic tests to individuals who either feel sick or …

Greg Smith

Coronavirus Phishing Attacks Increase, Target Remote Workers | PRWeb | 3/25/2020

… to protect against the increased risks of remote work. “Cyber criminals love a crisis. Using emotional appeals and a sense of urgency, they trick users into surrendering sensitive information or unknowingly downloading malware,” stated Greg Smith , Vice President of Services Delivery at Messaging Architects. Below are a few excerpts from the article, “ Coronavirus Phishing Attacks Target Remote Workers .” “While advances in network technology and mobile devices have made work at …

Chuck Schumer

COVID-19 economic stimulus deal includes billions in hospital funding | Modern Healthcare | 3/25/2020

… system. “There is much more money for our hospitals, for our nurses and physicians, for our nursing homes, for our community health centers to do the job they need to do,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. Lawmakers put $100 billion in a fund to reimburse providers for COVID-19 related expenses and lost revenue. Providers had sounded the alarm that they needed funding to support operations, expand …

Steve Miller

Cigna Makes It Easier For Hospitals To Focus On COVID-19 By Helping Accelerate Patient Transfers | PR Newswire | 3/24/2020

… hospitals and into long term acute care hospitals, we can free up space and beds, preserve supplies and ensure medical staff are available to treat COVID-19 patients that require immediate hospital care,” said Steve Miller , MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Cigna. “We are focused on taking quick, decisive actions to increase flexibility for hospitals and their teams of medical professionals, who are working tirelessly to help ensure all patients get …

Ron DeSantis

Florida clinician group asks governor to resolve payment disparities for telehealth services | Becker’s ASC Review | 3/24/2020

The Florida Medical Association is lobbying Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue an emergency order addressing payment disparities between telehealth and in-person services following the suspension of elective surgeries in the state, Florida Trend reports. What you should know: 1. Mr. DeSantis cited telemedicine as a way for patients to continue seeing their clinician during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there’s a large reimbursement disparity in Florida between in-person …

Spencer Platt

Coronavirus: How Walmart, CVS and others are filling job openings | CNBC | 3/24/2020

A help wanted sign is displayed in the window of a Brooklyn business in New York, United States. Spencer Platt Getty Images From delivering pizzas and prescriptions to packing up boxes with online purchases, Walmart , Amazon , CVS Health , Domino’s and other companies are racing to keep up with customer demand as coronavirus cases rise across the U.S. Now, those companies face a new challenge: How to hire and train thousands …

Gavin Newsom

Coronavirus live updates: CVS to hire 50,000, Surgeon General warning | CNBC | 3/23/2020

… All Global cases: More than 375,000 Global deaths: At least 16,100 US cases: At least 43,000 US deaths: At least 500 The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 8 pm: California Gov. Gavin Newsom closes state park parking lots California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced the closure of state park parking lots to encourage the practice of social distancing. The shut down of the parking lots is …

Chan Zuckerberg

Our Smartphone Data Can Predict How Coronavirus Will Spread | Forbes | 3/23/2020

… 19.” Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple, IBM and over 60 tech companies are involved with the effort, organized by public health leaders from Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology, the National Institutes of Health, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, other research institutions. They are focusing on four areas: location data, clinical data, social isolation, and telehealth data. Public health experts consistently emphasize that time is of the essence. A Johns Hopkins study …

Craig Smith

Coronavirus, March 23: 14 notes from physicians, hospitals | Becker’s Hospital Review | 3/23/2020

… system said it is keeping select entrances open at each hospital, but all other entrances will be closed and not accessible to patients, visitors or staff. The revised policy took effect March 21. 3. Craig Smith , MD, chair of the Columbia University department of surgery and surgeon-in-chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center , said in a letter to colleagues that the COVID-19 peak could hit in …

Jim Cramer

AMN Healthcare new acquisitions to help hospitals fight virus outbreak | CNBC | 3/21/2020

Susan Salka, CEO of AMN Healthcare Services. Adam Jeffery CNBC AMN Healthcare Services CEO Susan Salka, in a one-on-one interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer Friday, unveiled two recent acquisitions her company made and is applying in the effort to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The hospital staffing company purchased b4health in December and closed on the purchase of Stratus Video in February. The latter equipped AMN …

Evan Vucci

Alphabet’s COVID-19 project underscores privacy concerns with big tech | Modern Healthcare | 3/21/2020

March 21, 2020 01:00 AM Alphabet’s COVID-19 project underscores privacy concerns with big tech Print AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump, surrounded by the federal COVID-19 team, addresses the media on March 13 to discuss the screening site from Verily, a sister company of Google. A new COVID-19 project from one of Google’s sister companies is the latest big-tech foray into healthcare to spark privacy …

Andrew M. Cuomo

Coronavirus in N.Y.: ‘Deluge’ of Cases Begins Hitting Hospitals | MSN | 3/21/2020

Cindy Schultz for The New York Times New York could be short as many as 25,000 ventilators at the peak of the crisis, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo , second from left. New York State’s long-feared surge of coronavirus cases has begun, thrusting the medical system toward a crisis point. In a startlingly quick ascent, officials reported on Friday that the state was closing in on 8,000 positive tests …

Joe Biden

How social distancing could ultimately teach us how to be less lonely - The Washington Post | 3/20/2020

As recently as late February, practically no one had ever heard of “social distancing,” the awkward term for staying away from others to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic . It was introduced by public health officials in the last days of February; by the end of the first week of March, it was trending on social media . By the 12th, it had passed “Taylor Swift” as a Google search …

Seema Verma

CareCentrix Opens National Telehealth Access, Home Medical Monitoring for 8,000 Home Health Locations at No Cost to Boost COVID-19 Care | PR Newswire | 3/20/2020

… platform allows agencies to better manage, monitor and care for patients in their homes rather than hospitals and subacute facilities. During the March 17, 2020 White House press conference on COVID-19, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced sweeping coverage of telehealth visits for all Medicare beneficiaries including nursing home and outpatient departments, and suggested that all private health plans follow suit. The lack of previous incentives to invest in technology …