Cleveland Clinic rheumatologist Cassandra Calabrese says the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance helped her wade through a sea of clinical information about COVID-19 for a presentation on treating patients with COVID-19 who have immune-mediated diseases. It's unclear whether people with an immune-mediated disease are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, but it is clear that those who do are more likely to have poor outcomes, and guidance on treating these patients is "a little unclear," Calabrese says.
Apple is recruiting volunteers for a study of whether the Apple Watch 6's blood oxygen and heart rate sensors can detect early signs of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, including influenza.
Hospitals are not allowed to use coding on their websites that prevents search engines from finding and displaying pricing information, the CMS says. The Wall Street Journal reported in March that reporters assessed 3,100-plus hospital disclosure pages and found 164 webpages hosting disclosure files for 307 hospitals that contained versions of the blocking code, which potentially violates CMS regulations mandating that hospitals make pricing data digitally searchable, easily accessible and void of barriers.
The Mayo Clinic's new Remote Diagnostic and Management Platform connects remote patient monitoring and other mobile health devices to artificial intelligence that helps health care providers and patients use data generated by the devices in shared decision-making, Mayo Clinic Platform President John Halamka says. Mayo Clinic spinout Anumana will develop disease-detection algorithms, and Lucem Health will provide the platform for connecting devices with Anumana and Mayo algorithms and integrate AI-powered diagnostic insights into clinical workflows.
HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration is offering four-year grants to improve maternal and obstetrics care in rural communities and underserved American populations through a program that offers up to $12 million in funding. "The program will allow awardees to test models in order to address unmet needs for their target population, which could include populations who have historically suffered from poorer health outcomes, health disparities and other inequities," the agency said in a statement.
A panel of CDC advisers decided to postpone a vote on whether the US government should call for states to resume the use of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, in order to gather more safety information. The vote could be delayed by at least a week as the panel investigates six rare blood clot incidents linked to the vaccine.
NorWest Community Health Centers in Ontario, Canada, are pilot testing an overdose prevention app from Lifeguard Digital Health that has been used by more than 5,000 people in British Columbia. The app notifies emergency dispatchers if the user does not turn off self-activated alarm within a set time after taking a drug; connects the user to suicide prevention, crisis assistance and medical advice hotlines; and gives instructions for administering CPR and naloxone.
Many popular mental health apps reviewed by Consumer Reports send data to Facebook, Google or other third parties, and although the apps do not appear to leak details about mental health conditions or conversations with therapists, "they may be letting other companies know you're using a mental health app," says Thomas Germain, CR's technology editor. Some mental health apps may be beneficial, but users should find out who will be administering care and seek licensed mental health professionals, Germain says.
FDA approval was based on retrospective data for nearly all of the 130 medical artificial intelligence platforms reviewed for a study in Nature, and most disclosures lacked data on the number of sites used to evaluate the platform or whether the platform had been validated by race, gender or location. Developers of medical AI algorithms should do prospective testing at a variety of sites and include diverse patient populations, senior author James Zou says.
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