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8/18/2018
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1. Electronic alerts improve outcomes, reduce costs
When physicians follow computer alerts embedded in electronic health records, their hospitalized patients experience fewer complications and lower costs, leave the hospital sooner, and are less likely to be readmitted, according to a study of inpatient care. ePharm Brief
 
 
 
2. Merck Foundation supporting Alzheimer's programs
The Merck Foundation is supporting two new programs to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. ePharm Brief
 
 
 
3. Company testing AI-driven symptom checker app
VisualDx, a diagnostic clinical decision support tool for physicians, is beta testing a new artificial intelligence (AI)–driven symptom checker app called Aysa. ePharm Brief
 
 
 
4. Medicare expansion cut uninsured rates among low-income substance abusers
The percentage of low-income Americans with substance use disorders who were uninsured declined more sharply in states that chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act versus states that did not. ePharm Brief
 
 
 
5. Purdue-supported program educates students about prescription drug abuse
Purdue Pharma says that, through its partnership in the Prescription Drug Safety Network, more than 6,000 high school students in 103 schools gained access to an evidence-based digital prevention curriculum created by prevention education providers EVERFI during the 2017–2018 school year. ePharm Brief
 
 
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