May 21, 2020                                                                                                                               Volume XI | Issue 21  
Apple and Google launch contact tracing API for COVID-19 exposure 
Heather Landi reports for Fierce Healthcare: 

Apple and Google today < 5.20.20> rolled out their digital contact tracing technology that can be used by public health agencies to track COVID-19. In early April, the two tech giants announced they were collaborating to build Bluetooth-based technology to aid in the fight against the pandemic. Apple and Google's exposure notification application programming interface (API) will now be available to states, public health agencies and governments to build apps that will notify people via smartphone if they've come into contact with someone with the Coronavirus. It marks an unprecedented step for the two tech giants to collaborate...
10 physician specialties that generate the most revenue for hospitals
According to a recent report from Becker's Hospital Review:

The average amount of revenue physicians generate for hospitals has jumped significantly in recent years, and a decline in patient volumes and elective procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic is putting hospitals and physicians in a fragile financial position. 
Independent and employed physicians generate an average of about $2.38 million each for their affiliated hospitals, according to survey results released by Merritt Hawkins last year. That's up significantly from $1.6 million in 2016, the last time the survey was conducted.



Healthcare Heroes: Yes, Pandemic Lawsuits Will Become Viral 
What a spicy, hot pandemic stew of lawsuits is brewing in America! This is particularly true in the healthcare world since this is a mother lode of a healthcare crisis.

Simmering now and headed to a boil are incredibly strong factors: Fear; sadness; isolation; divisiveness; suspicion; and distrustfulness of authority, of others, of scientists, of doctors, of politicians, of neighbors, of darn near everyone.

Throw in a predicted unemployment rate up to 30%, with over 36 million already out of work.

Add an economic downturn second only to the Great Depression. Economic desperation drives many lawsuits.
Sprinkle in a healthcare system very much based on employer-supplied coverage that has mostly now been terminated for the unemployed, disrupting long-term doctor/patient relationships, the best of which are the foundation of successful risk management to avoid being sued.
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Scientist Has 'Invisible Enemy' in Sights with Microscopic Portraits of Coronavirus
Markian Hawryluk 
From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they're up against in COVID-19. Over the past three decades, Fischer, 58, and her team at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, part of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have captured and created some of the more dramatic images of the world's most dangerous pathogens.

Now, as her renderings of the Coronavirus flash across screens worldwide, she said: "You often hear people call it the invisible enemy. It's trying to put that face out there." Working in one of the nation's 13 "Biosafety Level 4" labs - those equipped to safely handle the most dangerous pathogens - Fischer and her team visualize the world's deadliest plagues from Ebola to HIV, salmonella to SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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