No one practitioner can do it all given the health issues people face today. Patients — especially those with chronic or complex health needs — are better served by a team whose skills complement each other.
Published Jan 29, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 4 minute read
Canada is in the midst of a primary care crisis. Primary care is the first point of contact Canadians have with the health-care system outside of hospitals — often via a family physician or nurse practitioner. Unfortunately, an estimated 6.5 million Canadians do not have a family physician or a nurse practitioner.
Provincial government plans to address the crisis have largely focused on increasing the number of health workers. But increasing numbers alone, by making more spots available in medical and nursing schools, and recruiting health workers from out of country, will not be enough to solve the crisis.
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Incident & Breach Response
California Firm Said August Attack Affected Clients’ Data
Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • January 29, 2024
A California insurance broker that handles employee benefits, workers’ compensation and property liability is notifying more than 1.5 million individuals about a ransomware and data exfiltration attack last August that compromised health insurance information, passport numbers and Social Security numbers.
Torrance, California-based Keenan & Associates reported the hacking incident on Monday as affecting nearly 1.51 million individuals.
Keenan & Associates in a statement to Information Security Media Group said the data affected in the incident pertained “to certain clients and a limited number of employees.”
Information potentially compromised in the incident includes individuals’ names; birthdates; numerical identifiers such as Social Security, passport number and driver’s license; health insurance information; and general health information.
The broker said that on Aug. 27 it had discovered certain disruptions occurring on some Keenan & Associates network servers. “Within hours of identifying the cybersecurity incident, we had contained it,” the company told ISMG.
Keenan & Associates also notified the FBI.
An investigation determined that an unauthorized party had gained access to certain internal systems at various times for about a week, between Aug. 21 and Aug. 27.
Keenan & Associates declined ISMG’s request for additional details about the incident, including the type of customers affected by the hack and whether the firm would report the breach to federal regulators as a HIPAA breach.
The online health and fitness industry has grown significantly in the years following the COVID-19 lockdowns. Many took interest in improving their physical health and used the excess down time to create new exercise and eating habits. As a result, more people now turn to social media influencers for guidance on proper health, nutrition and fitness. This trend is expected to continue in the coming decade, as the market value of the online fitness industry was $14.9 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $250.7 billion by 2032.
While it is good that more people are making their physical health and fitness a priority, consumers of online health and fitness content must be wary of misinformation and cautious about the sources they take advice from. Failure to do so may cause consumers of online fitness media to misconstrue health with physical fitness and adopt practices that end up harming their long-term health more than helping it.
Online dietitians are a popular resource that viewers rely on for accurate diet recommendations backed by science. However, despite being licensed health care professionals, they, too, must be subject to skepticism. In November 2023, the Federal Trade Commission issued warnings to the American Beverage Association, the Canadian Sugar Institute and 12 licensed dietitians regarding a failure to adequately disclose that influencers were paid to promote the consumption of aspartame and sugary foods.
One of the 12 licensed dietitians addressed was Stephanie Grasso, an influencer with 2.2 million followers on TikTok and 263,000 followers on Instagram. The FTC cited concerns surrounding an American Beverage Association-sponsored post in which Grasso discredited the World Health Organization’s information regarding aspartame, saying that their recommendation against high consumption of the artificial sweetener was based on low-quality science.
Grasso’s posts, as well as those of the other flagged
An undetermined number of patients across Israeli hospitals received the wrong prescription of medication due to a significant malfunction in the Chameleon software used across the country, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
This collapse of the medical software, integral to the operation and treatment processes in emergency rooms and hospital departments across Israel, comes when the healthcare system is already experiencing unprecedented levels of strain.
The malfunction has resulted in incorrect medications being prescribed to patients, and the full extent of this issue is currently under investigation.
What is the Chameleon software used by Israeli hospitals?
Developed by Elad Systems, the Chameleon software serves as the central computing element in Israeli hospitals. It provides a comprehensive view of all patients in a department or emergency room and their treatment status through a direct overview table. The software features color-coded sections to identify laboratory tests, imaging, consultations, discharges, and more. Clicking on a patient’s name gives a detailed screen with their complete medical information.
About 10 days ago, the Health Ministry began receiving initial reports from a hospital about medication record errors for some patients. Specifically, the discharge letters of these patients contained incorrect prescriptions. Following an influx of similar reports, the Ministry initiated an extensive investigation. Hospitals have been directed to verify the accuracy of medications for each patient.
The Ministry estimates that the issue affects at least dozens of patients, though it’s still unclear whether the errors occurred during hospitalization or in the discharge medication recommendations. No other management errors, such as those in laboratory tests or imaging, have been identified. The software company has temporarily fixed the malfunction, but the affected patients remain unidentified. An investigation is ongoing to determine if this was a cyber-related event.
In Brooklyn, New York, Tend offers a curated experience for dental patients in a minimalist environment (Credit: Courtesy of Tend)
Several companies are entering the American market to disrupt traditional, staid healthcare systems. They see a big opportunity to create change – and make money.
At Cityblock Health’s permanent locations across the US’s mid-Atlantic and Midwest, sleek waiting rooms are outfitted in royal-blue branding. In some cities, the company also deploys mobile units: huge, retrofitted motor caravans painted the same hue. Cityblock Health – which provides medical, mental health and social care – began as part of Sidewalk Labs, Google’s Urban Innovation group, to make healthcare more accessible. Its aesthetic doesn’t feel far from the shiny vibe of its Silicon Valley origins – almost like a hip, urban coffee shop.
It is one of an increasing number of start-ups, both physical and digital, that have come full steam ahead into the American healthcare industry. These businesses aim to transform the face of health services by replacing the staid, sterile and often difficult-to-navigate traditional system with something more inviting and efficient – even spa-like in some cases. While similar companies are popping up globally, there is a singular opportunity in the US, where private insurance is notoriously complex and opaque.
To succeed, these companies aim to address some of the country’s major pain healthcare points – chief among them cost and accessibility. For instance, some make appointment-booking easier, reduce time to see a doctor or even open access to once restricted medical-technology devices. Many of these businesses also work directly with private and government insurers, simplifying the process for patients as a core part of their business strategies.
With this approach, they’re not only trying to break down barriers – they’re also courting
Find your health information in one place from databases across B.C. Here are some examples:
Find results for blood tests, cervix or colon cancer screenings, COVID-19 test results, and other lab tests done in B.C. Results are available back to 2020.
Most lab results are available about 2 to 3 days after your test. Pathology tests, like a tissue biopsy, are available within a few weeks after your test. This gives your health care provider time to review and interpret the results.
View and download reports for some imaging procedures, including X-ray, CT, MRI, fluroscopy, ultrasound and mammography. Only reports from procedures performed at health authority facilities in September 2023 or later are in Health Gateway.
Reports are available about 10 to 14 days after your procedure. Private imaging facility reports are not included.
Look up what medications you got from B.C. pharmacies. Information is available back to 1995. You can check the drug manufacturer, dosage and directions for use.
View immunizations you received from B.C. public health clinics or pharmacies since 2009. Export and print them for school registration or other places that require it.
Health Gateway only shows vaccination records that are in the Provincial Immunization Registry.
Update your immunizations
You can add missing or out-of-province vaccinations.
BG3 offers a variety of casual outfits for customization in addition to fighting gear.
Players can find rare and expensive clothing in specific locations and shops in the game.
Some outfits can be borrowed from companions or looted from enemies and chests in different acts of the game.
Role-playing games are all about customization, and that’s one of the main reasons the genre is so popular. Most people think that means fighting gear, but it also includes the trend of casual outfits that are worn for looks as opposed to battle readiness.
8 Most Evil Baldur’s Gate 3 Characters, Ranked
From being just a bit despicable to completely murderous, here are Baldur’s Gate 3’s most evil characters.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has whole closets, wardrobes, and dressers filled with sumptuous clothes to make rest time at camp more relaxing. In keeping with the romance options in BG3, there’s a nice variety of more sultry outfits for sexy campfire time. Don’t forget that the variety of clothing dyes available in the game can also be combined with casual wear.
Updated on January 23, 2024, by Kristy Ambrose: Even if it’s the player’s fourth or fifth playthrough of Baldur’s Gate 3, they are always going to find something new. That can mean gear, dialogue, cinematic events, or even more clothes for camp and casual dress-up time. The House of Hope and the Szarr Mansion in Act 3 are some of the best places to find some of the most expensive and rare clothing in the game, and all players have to do is open a few wardrobes to get them. For those that have the coin to spend, shops in Rivington and Wyrm’s Crossing have some nice selections of BG3 camp clothes, so players can arrive in the city looking
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides advice about risks of travel to help British nationals make informed decisions. Find out more about FCDO travel advice.
Areas where FCDO advises against all but essential travel
Your travel insurance could be invalidated if you travel against FCDO advice.
FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the Coastal Region provinces of:
Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas
This does not apply to airside transit within Guayaquil Airport in Guayas province, including onward or return travel to the Galapagos Islands.
Within 20km of the Ecuador-Colombia border
FCDO advises against all but essential travel to areas within 20km of the Ecuador-Colombia border, except for these areas in Carchi province:
El Ángel Ecological Reserve
Rumichaca border crossing
the town of Tulcán
the Pan-American Highway
Find out more about why FCDO advises against travel.
State of Emergency declared
In January, the President declared a 60-day state of emergency (SOE) across Ecuador following an increase in criminal activity and security incidents.
The initial daily curfew has been now replaced by a traffic light system. Different districts (‘cantones’) have different restrictions.
High risk cantons (red): from midnight to 5am
Medium risk cantons (yellow): from 2am to 5am
Low risk cantons (green): no restrictions
During curfew hours you must stay inside, unless you are covered by an exemption. You can read the full list of cantons and restrictions in the official presidential decree.
You will need to show your passport or ID and boarding pass or flight booking. Only passengers are allowed to enter the airport, family members and friends will not be allowed into the terminals to drop off or pick up passengers. You should leave extra time to travel to the airport,
Xu, J., Zhou, Y., Jiang, L. & Shen, L. Exploring sustainable fashion consumption behavior in the post-pandemic era: Changes in the antecedents of second-hand clothing-sharing in China. Sustainability14, 9566 (2022).
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