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The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded $2.9 million to University of Chicago geneticists Oni Basu and Sebastian Pott, computational scientist Matthew Stephens and inflammatory bowel disease researcher Dr. Eugene B. Chang to catalog genes in healthy people and those with Crohn’s disease. A second grant by the Helmsley Trust of $324,000 will go to neuroscientist Bobby Kasthuri to image all cells in the ileum and colon. Kasthuri and his team, who have studied the connections between every neuron in the brain, will apply the same imaging technology and computational tools used to map the brain to the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract, UChicago Medicine said in a statement. 

LURIE DISCLOSES UNAUTHORIZED RECORDS ACCESS: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago said an employee had accessed certain patients’ records without a business reason to do so. The Dec. 26 statement said those patients were being notified by mail about the unauthorized access. 

79彩票注册网址The hospital said it discovered the employee’s actions Nov. 15 and immediately ended the employee’s access to all patient information. It investigated and found that records were accessed between Sept. 10, 2018, and Sept. 22, 2019. "As part of our investigation, we determined that the information viewed included certain patients’ names, addresses, dates of birth and medical information, such as diagnosis, medications, appointments, and procedures."

The statement said: "It is important to note that the employee was not able to see full Social Security numbers, insurance information, or financial account information, and that we have no reason to suspect that there has been any misuse or further release of patient information associated with this incident. We addressed this issue in accordance with its disciplinary policies, and the employee no longer works for the hospital."

Lurie will retrain its staff on appropriate access to patient records, the statement said.

ASTELLAS BUYS IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY BIOTECH COMPANY: Astellas Pharma has acquired Xyphos Biosciences. With the acquisition, Astellas gains Xyphos' ACCEL (Advanced Cellular Control through Engineered Ligands) technology platform and an immuno-oncology team that will help develop “new and potentially better ways to mobilize, target and control immune cells to find, modulate and destroy targeted cells throughout the body,” the companies said in a statement. 

79彩票注册网址Xyphos, based in South San Francisco, has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Astellas. Astellas subsidiary Astellas U.S. is based in Deerfield. 

FDA OKs AUGMENTED REALITY FOR SURGERY: 79彩票注册网址Chicago-based Augmedics said its Xvision Spine augmented-reality guidance system has gotten U.S. Food & Drug Administration clearance to be used in surgery. The system allows surgeons to visualize a patient’s spinal anatomy in 3D, “as if they had X-ray vision,” Augmedics said in a statement. The system uses a transparent, near-eye-display headset and determines the position of surgical tools in real time, the statement said. 

FEDERAL GAO SAYS NUTRITION PROGRAMS INADEQUATE: Federal nutrition programs need to do more to help older adults, according to a new  from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Modern Healthcare reports. The government watchdog found that U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture don't closely monitor nutrition programs for older adults, even though good nutrition is important for health outcomes and a chief objective of nutritional assistance programs. That's concerning because  quickly. One in five people will be at least 65 years old by 2030. Most seniors have one or more chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes. 

THE FUTURE OF THE ACA: 79彩票注册网址What happens now that the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that the already toothless individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and remanded the case back to a federal judge in Texas?  the next steps.  

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 

• Crain’s coverage of some of the big raises among hospital CEOs, despite pressure to control health care costs, was one of Crain's most-read stories of 2019. READ MORE. 

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: 

Terika Richardson, president of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, is taking on an additional role at Advocate Aurora Health as president of the Central Chicagoland Patient Service Area effective Jan 5. She will lead strategy for Lutheran General Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, as well as ambulatory operations in the PSA, according to a statement from the health system. Richardson was a 2016 Crain’s 40 under 4079彩票注册网址 honoree. 

• LaTonya O'Neal has joined the Chartis Group. Prior to joining the health care advisory firm, O'Neal was vice president of revenue integrity at Change Healthcare. 


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