Mar 30

Today’s NewsStand

By Iowa Hospital Association| News

Iowa news VA Central Iowa Health to hold virtual listening session this week The VA Central Iowa Health Care System will hold a virtual listening session with stakeholders Wednesday, March 31, to hear veterans and the communities that the VA serves. It will be one of 50 public virtual listening

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Mar 29

Today’s NewsStand

By Iowa Hospital Association| News

Iowa news Mental health funding shift needs more conversation, Grassley says Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley did not rule out shifting funding for mental health care services from local property taxes to the state’s general fund, but Grassley said such a shift is more complicated than just the funding mechanism.

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Feb 08

Today’s NewsStand

By Iowa Hospital Association| News

Iowa news New partnership will allow Iowa to help improve health care statewide A new $8 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will help the University of Iowa educate health care providers and first responders in rural parts of the state on procedures they

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Jan 06

Today’s NewsStand

By Iowa Hospital Association| News, NewsStand Archive

Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the web. Iowa news Nebraska Health Information Initiative and Iowa Health Information Network announce partnership, creating a regional health data utility for the Midwest The boards of directors of both the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII) and the Iowa Health

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Although coronavirus (COVID-19) is new, preparing for emergencies is not. Iowa hospitals and health systems conduct emergency preparedness training year-round. To help hospitals stay up to date on coronavirus and its potential effect on Iowa hospitals and health systems, IHA created a new webpage specifically for the virus. The page features information, resources, talking points and protocols. Updates will be posted regularly, so members are encouraged to check back often.

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Iowa ranked 20th in the nation according to an annual study examining 35 public health measures, according to the United Health Foundation. The health score for Iowa was above the national average for the study, titled the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report. But, Iowa's overall ranking has decreased over the last several years, demonstrating that more can be done in the state to improve the care of Iowans.

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For much of the 20th century, medical progress seemed limitless. Antibiotics revolutionized the care of infections. Vaccines turned deadly childhood diseases into distant memories. Americans lived longer, healthier lives than their parents. Yet today, some of the greatest success stories in public health are unraveling.

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Even as US authorities have taken the drastic steps of quarantining residents returning from China, and temporarily banning foreign visitors who recently traveled to affected Chinese regions, they have urged the vast majority of US residents to go about their regular activities. But there are exceptions.

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Disclosure this week of multiple cases in the United States of a new viral infection emerging from China — including the first confirmed cases of the virus passing from person to person in this country — is fueling public concerns about how easily the deadly virus can spread. It is also raising pointed questions about why authorities aren’t disclosing more information about the risk of exposure.

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Voters have frequently complained that the debate has been confusing and hard to follow. Most of the attention so far has been focused on whether the U.S. should transition to a “Medicare for All” program that would guarantee coverage to all US residents — and result in higher taxes for most people. But there is far more to the health debate than that.

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Medical professionals have been storing personal health information in electronic form for more than a decade, but it is cumbersome for patients to gather disparate computer and paper records scattered across doctors’ offices, hospitals and medical labs. Wouldn’t life be easier if you could view your full medical history with a few taps on your smartphone?

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Health products powered by artificial intelligence, or AI, are streaming into our lives, from virtual doctor apps to wearable sensors and drugstore chatbots. AI can help doctors interpret MRIs of the heart, CT scans of the head and photographs of the back of the eye, and could potentially take over many mundane medical chores, freeing doctors to spend more time talking to patients. Yet many health industry experts fear AI-based products won’t be able to match the hype.

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