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. A Unique Patient Identifier Decreases Adverse Drug Interactions EHR Intelligence

The development of an enhanced patient identification strategy across separate data sources can aid in patient safety and limit drug interactions.

  1. Could patients be at risk during a hospital cyberattack? It depends how far hackers are willing to go, expert says Fierce Healthcare

While most cyberattacks result in disruption of information technology or business operations, some can impact clinical care.

  1. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to criminal charges Reuters

Purdue pleaded guilty to three felonies related to misconduct to help keep opioid prescriptions flowing.

  1. U.S. officials plan to release 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in first distribution Reuters

Once the first vaccine is cleared by regulators for emergency use, the plan is to release 6.4 million doses nationwide in an initial distribution.

  1. CDC may shorten the 14-day COVID-19 quarantine recommendation Becker’s Hospital Review

The CDC is considering shortening the quarantine period from fourteen days to between seven and ten days.

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