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June 15, 2018

Around the nation: Idaho sees first human case of bubonic plague in 26 years

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    The child was treated for the bubonic plague and is back home and "doing well," according to a spokesperson for the Central District Health Department in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, and Idaho.

    • California: Apple last week filed a patent application for a blood pressure monitor that potentially could be Bluetooth-connected. The patent is for a device that appears to be a slight update to the traditional blood pressure cuff that could potentially be built into a wearable device and may support a touchscreen (Comstock, Healthcare IT News, 6/12; Wodinsky, The Verge, 6/7).

    • California/Georgia: Kaiser Permanente and Emory Healthcare on Wednesday announced that they would be partnering to turn Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Saint Joseph Hospital into the primary hospitals for Kaiser physicians and members. The two providers intend to collaborate on staffing, improvements to technology, and care coordination among other things (Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 6/13).

    • Idaho: A child in Idaho is recovering after being treated for the bubonic plague. The case is the first in a human in the state in 26 years, health officials said. According to Christine Myron, a spokesperson for Central District Health Department, the child became ill last month but is back home and "doing well" following antibiotic treatment (Bever, "To Your Health," Washington Post, 6/13).

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