August 9, 2019

Around the nation: Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance is teaming up with Amazon on machine learning

Daily Briefing
     The goal is to create advancements in cancer diagnostics, precision medicine, voice-enabled technologies, and medical imaging, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania.
    • Illinois: Walgreens is planning to close 200 stores in the United States as part of a "transformational cost management program." With the cost management program, the company hopes to save $1.5 billion in annual expenses by fiscal year 2022. This move comes not long after Walgreens' parent company, Walgreens Boots Alliance, announced it would be closing 200 stores in the United Kingdom (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/7).
    • Nebraska: On Wednesday, Richard and Katie Rubottom-Nitt got married in the chapel at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. The couple were engaged to be married when Katie was admitted to the hospital earlier this year after her water broke at just 23 weeks pregnant. Katie is currently on bed rest until she's able to deliver her baby (Petersen, KOLN, 8/7).
    • Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance on Tuesday announced that it will be partner with Amazon Web Services for machine learning research. The goal is to create advancements in cancer diagnostics, precision medicine, voice-enabled technologies, and medical imaging (Larson, Pittsburgh Business Times, 8/7).
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