The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals announced in an opinion piece for The Plain Dealer on Sunday that they will partner on variety of public health initiatives in the Cleveland area, including addressing the opioid epidemic and improving talent recruitment, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Ohio, and South Carolina.
- California: Fitbit on Monday announced that its newest smartwatch, which has the ability to detect atrial fibrillation, had received FDA approval. According to Fitbit, a user can take an electrocardiogram with the device, download the reading, and share it with their physician. In a clinical trial conducted as part of the approval process, Fitbit found the app accurately detected atrial fibrillation 98.7% of the time (Cohen, Modern Healthcare, 9/14).
- Ohio: The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals announced in an opinion piece for The Plain Dealer on Sunday that, after working together earlier this year to establish one of the first drive-thru Covid-19 testing sites in the nation, they will partner on a variety of other public health initiatives in the Cleveland area. The initiatives include addressing the opioid epidemic; improving talent recruitment; and collaborating on research projects, including establishing a biorepository, exploring AI and machine learning, studying emerging pathogens, and more (Mihaljevic/Megerian, The Plain Dealer, 9/13).
- South Carolina: Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette (R) on Monday announced that she has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Evette said she started feeling sick Thursday morning and "immediately began to self-quarantine." On Friday, Evette was tested and received positive results on Saturday. Evette said she has mild symptoms and has been quarantining at home (Klar, The Hill, 9/14).