Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm healthcare editor Leah Rosenbaum, and today in healthcare news:
- After dissolving Google Health, the tech giant is getting ready for a new chapter in healthcare;
- Doctors are go online to meet underserved populations where they're at;
- Scientists are tracking a new COVID-19 variant in the UK.
Google's health chief lays out the company's next steps after shying away from a full healthcare business
- Google is rethinking its strategy in healthcare, dispersing its health group throughout the company.
- Chief Health Officer Dr. Karen DeSalvo laid out how the new approach could make a mark.
- The goal is to help billions of people make decisions about their health.
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A key part of improving healthcare for underserved populations is meeting patients where they are – on the internet
- During the pandemic, some physicians have used YouTube to correct misinformation.
- Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick leads a YouTube channel dedicated to democratizing health information.
- She also highlights the importance of provider-patient communication.
Scientists are closely tracking a new variant spreading in the UK that could be 10% more infectious than Delta
- Scientists are closely tracking a new coronavirus variant called AY.4.2, a subtype of Delta.
- Data showed it may be 10% more infectious than Delta, an expert said. Cases are low outside the UK.
- Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA chief, called for "urgent research" on the variant.
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- What happens when a data sleuth challenges a hydroxychloroquine COVID scientist (Buzzfeed News)
- CNN's John King reveals he has multiple sclerosis and says he's grateful for his colleagues who got vaccinated (Insider)
- Back-to-school after COVID can be more challenge for kids with disabilities (Kaiser Health News)