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April 26, 2017 News Headlines

Learning to Talk Like a Woman (or Man)
Source: New York Times
April 25, 2017
… But while therapists help clients gain technical skill, it’s up to each patient to “own” his or her new voice and figure out what sounds right for them, said Leah Helou, the director of the transgender voice program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Hospitals now expected to try to identify patients' caregivers
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 25, 2017
… “We recognize [that upon discharge from a hospital] many patients are groggy or don’t feel well, or maybe they’re older and it’s difficult to remember things when you get home,” said Connie Feiler, UPMC senior manager for patient education. …

President Trump's actual power when it comes to drug pricing
Source: Minnesota Public Radio News
April 25, 2017
… MPR News host Kerri Miller talked with Walid Gellad, co-director of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, and MIT professor of economics Sara Ellison about drug pricing and what changes we may see to rising drug costs. …

ALung applies to FDA for study of Hemolung
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
April 26, 2017
… ALung, which spun out of the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, recently completed a $36 million Series C financing round that will be used to help with the clinical study program. …

ALung Submits IDE Application to FDA Seeking Approval to Conduct Pivotal Study of the Hemolung RAS
Source: Yahoo! Finance
April 25, 2017
… ALung’s recently announced $36 million Series C financing, led by Philips and UPMC Enterprises, will support the clinical study program. …

Aiming for funding boost, Pitt hires senior vice chancellor for research
Source: Tribune-Review
April 26, 2017
… The University of Pittsburgh's medical school generates a vast amount of data on health outcomes. And Rob Rutenbar, who the university hired this month as its senior vice chancellor for research, wants to see what's possible when that data lands on the desks of Pitt's top economists, computer engineers, chemists or bioethicists. …

Erie hospitals fare well in statewide financial report
Source: Erie Times-News
April 26, 2017
UPMC Hamot posted one of the highest hospital operating margins in the region, even though the Erie hospital earned $5 million less treating patients in fiscal 2016 than it did a year earlier. …

Source: WKST-AM and WPIC-AM
April 25, 2017
LuAnn King, director, QI and Patient Relations,Quality Improvement, UPMC Horizon, and Johnene Dufford-Penn, RN, CDE, Certified Diabetic Nurse Educator, UPMC Horizon discuss the Diabetes Education Program at UPMC Horizon Womancare Center, in Hermitage, Pa.

Upper St. Clair's James McQuade Named To Komen Board
Source: Upper St. Clair Patch
April 25, 2017
... Joining him as recent appointees to the Komen Pittsburgh board are Marguerite Bonaventura, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Laura Long, JD, PNC Financial Services Group and Gail Lucas, PinnacleHealth System. …

Telehealth a key component in healthcare transformation
Source: MedCityNews
April 25, 2017
… “It’s returning healthcare to its roots where it’s always belonged,” says Watson, a colorectal surgeon and telemedicine director at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), as well as a member of the American Telemedicine Association Board of Directors. …

Word from the Front Line: 'President Trump may be pro-business, but pro which business?'
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
April 25, 2017
… If we look beyond the pricing of hospital services alone and examine the combined cost of insurance premiums and provider rates, deals like UPMC/Pinnacle actually offer the potential to lower healthcare spending in a region overall …

Tug o’ wards
Source: The Hustle
April 25, 2017
… Case in point: Pittsburgh Healthcare giant and 7th largest nonprofit US healthcare system, UPMC, which bought up 8 other hospitals in the past 5 years, and plans to “affiliate with at least 7 more this year.” …

3 lessons for direct-to-consumer telehealth
Source: Fierce Healthcare
April 25, 2017
… Direct-to-consumer telehealth is making a push to offer more healthcare services to patients that are intrigued by the convenience of the technology. Last month, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center expanded its AnywhereCare initiative statewide. …

CIOs becoming more comfortable with healthcare cloud security
April 25, 2017
… Ed McCallister, CIO at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh: I'm very comfortable with security in the cloud, as comfortable as I would be with an on-premises model. Again, a lot has been invested with [the] cloud. …” …

Multitasking Overloads the Brain
Source: Newsmax
April 25, 2017
… Jääskeläinen's study isn't the first to find that social media can have a negative effect on the brain. The more young adults log onto Facebook and other social media, the more likely they are to be depressed, according to a study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

Inovio begins phase 2 trial with VGX-3100 for HPV-related vulvar pre-cancers
April 26, 2017
… Dr. Robert Edwards, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine at Magee-Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, said, “HPV-induced VIN is one of the major causes of morbidity for young and middle-aged women with HPV-induced pre-cancer. It is associated with repetitive need for surgery, multiple biopsies, and a major cause of pain and sexual dysfunction." …

Pittsburgh’s Women Who Rock will benefit Magee Women’s Research Institute
Source: Pittsburgh City Paper
April 26, 2017
… Colaizzi got to know the work at Magee Women’s Research Institute, while performing at a Magee fundraiser herself, so she felt it was a perfect cause for the event. …

Fayette communities see growth in 2016
Source: Herald-Standard
April 26, 2017
… Funding for the project came from state government, the Pennsylvania Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, private donations through UPMC and the borough, individual community donations, Brownsville Area High School student fundraising and a commitment from Fayette County through a tourism fund. …

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