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    Chicago-area hospitals are taking steps to keep employees safe and prevent a shortage of health care workers as the coronavirus spreads.

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    WHAT HOSPITALS ARE DOING TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS SPREAD: Hospitals are restricting visitors and screening more patients in a bid to keeping staffers as safe as possible from the virus and healthy enough to continue treating others. READ MORE.

    MORE COVID-19 79彩票注册网址: The total count of coronavirus cases in Illinois hit 19 and Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a formal disaster proclamation, allowing officials to access federal and state resources. READ MORE. The governor also expressed frustration with the federal government at a Tuesday press conference, saying the state isn't receiving enough tests and that commercial labs have been slow to come online. 

    • More on how insurers are handling COVID-19 testing: While people insured by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois will have access to free coronavirus tests and treatment, people covered under health plans that are self-insured by employers may not. With self-insured plans, employers assume the financial risk for providing benefits to employees. “We are assisting employers in making decisions about their health plans,” Blue Cross of Illinois parent Health Care Services Corp. said in a statement.
     
    79彩票注册网址 • North Chicago-based AbbVie announced it’s working with U.S. and European health authorities to determine the efficacy and safety of its HIV drug Kaletra/Aluvia in treating COVID-19. The drugmaker said in a statement that it’s actively assessing the increased demand for the drug and “has taken steps to increase supply for COVID-19 patients without impacting treatment supply for HIV patients.”

    79彩票注册网址• The global mask shortage may be about to get much worse,  

    • The American College of Cardiology has called off its upcoming conference at McCormick Place due to coronavirus concerns, an event set to bring 29,000 visitors accountable for nearly 41,000 hotel room nights. That makes it the second-biggest McCormick Place event to cancel so far because of the virus. READ MORE. 

    • Companies are forced to rethink their launch plans due to the cancellation of the HIMSS20 conference, a health and technology convention that one industry veteran said is "our Super Bowl."  

    • For a list of health care industry events, nationwide, and whether they’ve been affected by COVID-19 news, see  

    MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR FUNDING PROGRAM DIVIDING HOSPITALS: A battle has broken out over billions of dollars intended to compensate hospitals for treating Medicaid patients in Illinois. READ MORE.  

    EYE-TRACKING TECH 79彩票注册网址S IDENTIFY CONCUSSIONS:79彩票注册网址 Clinicians at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush are the first in Illinois to employ a new eye-tracking technology that helps identify concussions faster, according to a statement. EyeBox measures and analyzes eye movements, eliminating the subjectivity of the common practice of making patients follow a pencil with their eyes. 

    PRIVACY ISSUES RULES RELEASED:79彩票注册网址 The federal government released details of its final plans to address patient privacy issues and change how providers, insurers and patients exchange health data,  

    CHICAGO-BASED COLLAB WANTS TO EXPAND AI IN 79彩票注册网址 CARE: A collaboration between tech consultant West Monroe Partners and artificial intelligence company rMarkBio aims to connect technology experts with health care leaders to develop data-driven approaches to medical issues using AI.  

    SISTER SHEILA LYNE DIES: The health care executive headed the city of Chicago’s Public Health Department from 1991 to 2000 and worked almost 30 years as president and CEO of Mercy Hospital. She was 83. .

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    Seven physicians have joined DuPage Medical Group, including Dr. Sarah Kalari, Dr. Matthew NewtonDr. Amit Sharma and Dr. Pamela Solowski. Also joining is internal medicine doctor Dr. Nadia Siddiqui, orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Davis and rheumatologist Dr. Carmelita Colbert, who sees adult patients in Westmont. 

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