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August 12, 2019

Around the nation: Minnesota declares hepatitis A outbreak in 9 counties

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    Minnesota's Department of Health has confirmed 23 cases of hepatitis A in nine counties, including 13 cases that required hospitalization, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Minnesota, and Virginia.

    • Illinois: CommonSpirit Health has named Suja Chandrasekaran as its first chief information and digital officer. Chandrasekaran, who previously led the global IT strategy for Kimberly-Clark, will spearhead technology strategy to connect the system's 142 hospitals and more than 700 facilities and work to digitize core processes, improve the use of artificial intelligence (AI), and create a digital experience for patients (Modern Healthcare, 8/8).
    • Minnesota: The Minnesota Department of Health last week declared a hepatitis A outbreak in nine counties. State health officials have confirmed 23 cases of the disease, 13 of which required hospitalization. The outbreak mostly has affected people in high-risk populations, including injectable drug users, people who are homeless, and people who were recently incarcerated. Health officials currently are working to promote vaccination among those populations (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/8).
    • Virginia: Sentara Healthcare has partnered with analytics company Jvion to develop and implement an AI system that can help predict which patients are at the highest risk of developing sepsis. The system uses AI to analyze EHR data and predict sepsis before it occurs. When the system identifies a high-risk patient, it sends an alert to clinicians through the patient's medical chart (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/7).

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