Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) Gov. Snyder creates new opioid council to improve drug enforcement. MLive, August 16, 2017.

Gov. Snyder is creating a council that will meet monthly to discuss trends, targets, methods, causes and other information to address drug abuse in Michigan.

2) HHS picks members from the public for new mental health commission. STAT, August 16, 2017.

The Department of Health and Human Services appointed people to a commission to address serious mental illness.

3) Google’s Latest Acquisition Is All About App-Based Diagnosis. Fortune, August 14, 2017.

Google bought a healthcare startup that uses the existing functions of smartphones to aid in diagnosing ailments.

4) Study shows telehealth increased office visits, had minimal health benefits. Healthcare IT News, August 16, 2017.

A recent study found that online care for patients actually increased office visits and phone calls to physicians.

5) Detroit, WSU roll out new program to combat preterm births, infant mortality. Crain’s, August 16, 2017.

The city of Detroit and Wayne State University are providing resources to expectant mothers in an effort to reduce infant mortality in the city.

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