June 17, 2019

Around the nation: New York eliminates religious vaccine exemptions

Daily Briefing

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed into law a bill to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccine immunizations, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, New York, and Pennsylvania.

    • Colorado: North Colorado Medical Center last week launched a chatbot service for ED patients. Patients opting to use the chatbot can receive text messages on their smartphones to ask the bot questions, such as when lab or imaging results will be available (Drees, Becker's Health IT & CIO Report, 6/13).

    • New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Thursday signed into law a bill to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccine immunizations. The state has been grappling with a measles outbreak, including many cases that originated in Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County. Other states that do not offer religious exemptions for vaccines include Arizona, California, Maine, Mississippi, and West Virginia (McKinley, New York Times, 6/13).

    • Pennsylvania: Ravi Godse is trained as a family practitioner, but he's also been working as a film director, and his movie "Remembering Amnesia" premiered in movie theaters nationwide on Friday. The film is a comedy about a doctor who kills his wife but doesn't remember anything about it (Ingram, WTAE, 6/13).

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