January 16, 2018

Around the nation: New York Department of Health uses Yelp to spot foodborne illnesses

Daily Briefing

    The New York State Department of Health has identified 10 outbreaks of foodborne illnesses since 2012 by tracking reviews on Yelp, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Missouri, and New York.

    • Illinois: The University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics has named Michael Zenn as CEO. Zenn most recently served as the CFO of the organization, and he has previously served as an engagement partner at Tatum, a health care-focused professional services firm (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/11).

    • Missouri: Children's Mercy Kansas City has received two gifts that total $150 million for the construction of a new research institute for the hospital. The gifts—$75 million each from the Hall Family Foundation and the Sunderland Foundation—represent the largest one-time gift donated to a children's hospital for pediatric research, Alia Paavola reports for Becker's Hospital Review (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/12).

    • New York: The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has identified 10 outbreaks of foodborne illnesses since 2012 by tracking reviews on Yelp in which people reported an illness. The New York DOH—in collaboration with Columbia University's computer science department—has identified more than 8,500 complaints of foodborne illnesses since implementing the computer system that tracks the reviews in July 2012 (Rege, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/11).

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