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Google announces funding for AI-enabled digital health projects

Google announced that it is funding 15 AI-powered projects, including digital health initiatives to improve provider experience and patient access to care, via its commitment to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Each project received $3 million in technical assistance, cash support and Google Cloud credits. A handful of projects received Google.org Fellowships, where a team of Google employees works with an organization pro bono full time for up to six months.

Of the 15 AI projects funded, the following eight digital health endeavors were awarded funding:

RAD-AID provides low-source hospitals with an AI-enabled platform that helps triage patients, primarily regarding respiratory disease and breast cancer. The platform also helps interpret X-rays and scans and provide test results. 

Wuqu’ Kawoq and safe+natal are collaborating to develop a machine learning-enabled tool kit to help midwives in rural areas of Guatemala detect neonatal complications in real-time, such as poor fetal growth and fetal stress during delivery. The tool kit will consist of an ultrasound and blood pressure monitor connected to one’s smartphone. 

MATCH (Music Attuned Technology – Care via eHealth) is a project built out of the University of Melbourne and CSIRO that combines music and wearable sensor technology to decrease agitation in patients with dementia. Google’s grant will help the team develop the sensor technology and AI-enabled adaptive music system.

Makerere AI Lab will develop a 3D-printed adapter that processes images using AI and is compatible with a phone or microscope. The goal is to help providers in Uganda diagnose patients with illnesses, such as tuberculosis, malaria and cancer in low- and middle-income countries where lab technicians are scarce.   

IDinsight with Reach Digital Health developed a natural language-enabled question-answering service for expectant mothers in South Africa, which provides answers to inquiries and vital health information.  

Causal Foundry seeks to

Mulvihill U.S. Health Care Enhanced Yield ETF Announces Semi-Annual Results

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TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (TSX: XLVE) Mulvihill U.S. Health Care Enhanced Yield ETF (the “Fund”) announces results of operations for the six months ended June 30, 2023. Decrease in net assets attributable to holders of Units amounted to $0.08 million or $0.13 per Unit. Net assets attributable to holders of Units as at June 30, 2023 were $7.10 million or $9.46 per Unit. Cash distributions of $0.29 per Unit were paid to unitholders during the period.

The Fund seeks to provide unitholders with long-term capital appreciation through exposure to a portfolio consisting principally of the U.S. health care issuers selected from the S&P 500 Index that are classified as “health care” by Standard and Poor’s Global Industry Classification Standard and monthly cash distributions.

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To accomplish its objectives, the Fund invests in an actively managed portfolio comprised principally of securities from the S&P 500 Health Care Index. Modest leverage of 25 percent enhances the dividend yields of the underlying stocks and provides additional return potential. The Fund will also utilize option strategies to enhance the income generated by the portfolio and to reduce volatility. The Fund is also permitted to hedge all or a portion of the foreign currency exposure of the Fund’s portfolio back to the Canadian dollar.

The Fund’s investment portfolio is managed by its investment manager, Mulvihill Capital Management Inc.   The Fund’s Units are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols XLVE.

Selected Financial Information: ($ Millions)
Statement of Comprehensive Income        
For the six months ended June 30, 2023        
Income (including Net Gain on Investments)   $ 0.09    
Expenses     (0.17 )  
Decrease in Net Assets Attributable to Holders of Units   $ (0.08 )  

For further information, please contact Investor Relations at 416.681.3966, toll free at 1.800.725.7172 or visit www.mulvihill.com

Prime Minister announces changes to the Ministry

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced changes to the Ministry. The new Ministry, adding to a strong core economic team, is ready to deliver on what matters most to Canadians: making life more affordable for the middle class, growing the economy, and building a strong future for people from coast to coast to coast.

Building on the work done since 2015 to invest in Canadians and to strengthen the middle class and those working hard to join it, the team will continue to move forward on housing and putting more money back in families’ pockets. To deliver a better future for everyone, the team will also continue to fight climate change and walk the shared path of reconciliation.

The changes to the Ministry are as follows:

  • Anita Anand becomes President of the Treasury Board
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau becomes Minister of National Revenue
  • Bill Blair becomes Minister of National Defence
  • Randy Boissonnault becomes Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages
  • Jean-Yves Duclos becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement
  • Sean Fraser becomes Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities
  • Karina Gould becomes Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Mark Holland becomes Minister of Health
  • Ahmed Hussen becomes Minister of International Development
  • Gudie Hutchings becomes Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Kamal Khera becomes Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities
  • Dominic LeBlanc becomes Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Diane Lebouthillier becomes Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Lawrence MacAulay becomes Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Marc Miller becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Mary Ng becomes Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development
  • Seamus O’Regan Jr. becomes Minister of Labour and Seniors
  • Ginette Petitpas Taylor becomes Minister of Veterans

HHS Announces Actions to Protect Consumers and Lower Health Care Costs

New Report Projects Nearly 19 Million Seniors Will Save $400 Per Year on Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Costs

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced actions to protect consumers from junk health plans, surprise medical bills, and excess costs that lead to medical debt. These actions build on the Biden-Harris Administration’s effort to eliminate hidden fees in every sector of the economy and lower health care costs for American seniors and families.

Coinciding with the actions taken today, HHS also released a new report projecting that nearly 19 million seniors will save approximately $400 per year on prescription drug costs when the $2,000 out-of-pocket prescription drug spending cap from the Inflation Reduction Act – President Biden’s historic lower cost prescription drug law – goes into effect in 2025.

The report follows last week’s actions advancing historic provisions in the law that allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and cap the cost of each Medicare-covered insulin pump at $35 per month.

“The Biden-Harris Administration continues to take action to lower costs for millions of Americans and improve health outcomes across the nation. Today’s announcement protects patients from junk health insurance and unfair billing practices, and increases transparency in our health care system, while continuing to implement President Biden’s historic prescription drug law that is lowering costs for millions of seniors across the country,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to helping seniors and people with disabilities save money on the medications they need and ensuring hardworking families have insurance when they need it.”

“The Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to make health care more affordable are life-changing for millions of Americans,” said Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “No one should go bankrupt trying to get and keep themself or their

Health minister announces expansion of services at beleaguered Surrey Memorial Hospital

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix has announced a number of improvements at Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) with an immediate focus on a new contract for hospitalists, along with hiring more staff for the emergency department, maternity ward and mental health services. 

Dix also promised enhanced cardiac diagnostic services and renal care and dialysis at SMH within 18 months. Urgent Primary Care Centres in Surrey will also be expanding their hours, he said.

The announcement comes amid a crisis at SMH, highlighted in the last month by dozens of doctors speaking out about chronic understaffing, underfunding and congestion that has pushed the hospital to the breaking point. 

News of the improvements were welcomed by the B.C. Nurses’ Union, with a caveat. 

“It is the responsibility of Fraser Health to ensure today’s phased action plan is implemented as soon as possible,” said the BCNU in a statement. 

“We will be following up with our members to monitor the extent to which these new measures are actually improving working conditions and providing the relief the emergency department needs in order to provide the level of care patients deserve.”

The BCNU said the government needs to also address the crisis in patient care at other acute-care emergency centres in the province.

For Dr. Claudine Storness-Bliss, co-lead at SMH’s obstetrics and gynecology department, the announcement is a big win for the Surrey community and Fraser Health region.

Storness-Bliss and over 30 OBGYN doctors at SMH signed a letter in May saying a critical lack of resources is compromising patient safety, resulting in an untold number of close calls and the death of a newborn in 2020. 

 “We as a group, as OBGYNs, are very thankful for the opportunity to have our voices heard … and we are grateful for a quick response, which is really

N.S. announces plans for new and expanded health-care clinics

The Nova Scotia government announced plans on Wednesday to expand existing health-care clinics and build new ones between now and 2025. 

Health Minister Michelle Thompson told a news conference that the government would spend $17 million on the 60 sites, which are spread around the province. The money would be for operational costs, recruiting and work required to build or expand sites.

Additional costs would come as new staff begin working at the clinics. Thompson said the government is committed to making “an ongoing investment in primary health care.”

“We know we need to spend the money,” she told reporters.

“We know that primary care is a priority and we know that it’s going to prevent hospitalization, it’s going to prevent, you know, illnesses from progressing.”

Care no matter where you live

The clinics take a variety of forms, all with the intention of improving attachment to primary-care practices and increasing access for patients who have yet to get a provider.

The announcement includes eight new collaborative family practice teams and new after-hours clinics, primary care clinics and urgent treatment centres. Thompson said the expanded offerings would divert more people from emergency departments as their de facto care option and have a “significant impact” on the size of the need-a-family-practice registry, which hit 145,000 people this month.

“We are working to ensure that no matter where you live, you can get the care you need,” she said.

“We said we would fix health care and that is exactly what we are doing.”

Achieving that goal, however, is going to require more people working in the health-care system.

Officials said Thursday that 53 per cent of the positions across all zones have been filled and most of the remaining positions have been posted and are in different stages of the hiring

etherFAX Announces Integration with OpenEMR to Improve Health Information Exchange

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“We’re proud to launch our new integration with OpenEMR and make it easier than ever for healthcare organizations to exchange PHI fast and securely,” said Paul Banco, CEO and co-founder of etherFAX.

etherFAX today announced its partnership with OpenEMR, a leading open-source electronic health records and medical practice management solution. OpenEMR connects directly with etherFAX to enable healthcare organizations to exchange protected health information (PHI) with end-to-end encryption, ultra-fast transmission speeds, and guaranteed delivery.

As part of the integration, OpenEMR users will now have an etherFAX module that acts as an inbox-style repository for received faxes. The OpenEMR etherFAX module enables users to easily view their documents, send a document as an attachment to other providers and clinicians, and forward a document as a Direct Secure Message, email, or fax. The integration creates an on-ramp to interoperability by allowing users to add the received document directly to a patient’s chart, and even create a new patient based on data extracted from the document. Together, etherFAX and OpenEMR are accelerating healthcare communications and enabling organizations to improve care coordination.

“One of the many benefits of replacing fax with etherFAX is the ability to integrate with multiple applications via our APIs,” said Paul Banco, CEO and co-founder of etherFAX. “We’re proud to launch our new integration with OpenEMR and make it easier than ever for healthcare organizations to exchange PHI fast and securely.”

OpenEMR users can leverage the etherFAX Secure Exchange Network (SEN) to securely transport critical healthcare and business information without having to change a single workflow. etherFAX’s DirectFax solution via its Secure Exchange Network (SEN) enables OpenEMR users to send and receive high-resolution, full-color documents directly to applications and devices within seconds. To help patients and healthcare providers decide on

Milwaukee Wellbeing Department Announces Impending Adjustments to COVID-19 Products and services

FOR Speedy Launch: March 17, 2023

Milwaukee Health and fitness Division Announces Upcoming Variations to COVID-19 Services

MILWAUKEE – Subsequent the announcement of the expiration of the federal unexpected emergency declaration on May well 11, and the conclusion of the Wisconsin Division of Wellbeing Companies Group Testing Help Program, the Milwaukee Health Office announces approaching changes to COVID-19 community vaccination and testing web sites.

Currently, March 17, will be the final day COVID-19 vaccination is available at the Menomonee Valley COVID-19 Push-Via Clinic (2401 W. St. Paul Ave.). COVID-19 vaccination will proceed to be out there for no cost without having an appointment at Milwaukee Wellbeing Department clinics. Hrs of procedure are obtainable at Milwaukee.gov/COVIDvax.

On Monday, April 3, vaccination clinic hrs will change. The new vaccination clinic hrs, which will be out there on the Milwaukee Wellbeing Office site, will be:

  • Southside Overall health Heart (1639 S. 23rd St.)
    Monday, 3 – 6 p.m.
    Tuesday, 1 – 4 p.m.
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  • Northwest Health and fitness Centre (7630 W. Mill Rd.)
    Wednesday, 3 – 6 p.m.
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  • Keenan Sexual Health and fitness Clinic (3200 N. 36th St.)
    Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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Eventually, Saturday, April 15 is the last day the COVID-19 group tests website at Menomonee Valley will be in procedure. Even with the closure of the Milwaukee Wellbeing Division-run community testing web sites, COVID-19 is not eradicated from our community and your tests choices are not absent.

At-home fast checks will carry on to be out there via the Say Certainly COVID Tests method until the end of Could. Families can location one order for each thirty day period, per domestic. 10 assessments are provided in each order. Every property can also get 1 established of 4 no cost at-house

Ontario announces plans to cover tuition and more to train health care workers

Premier Doug Ford announced the change in a news conference in London, Ont., on Friday.Chris Young/The Canadian Press

Ontario wants to entice 2,500 health care workers a year to practise in communities hit with the greatest staffing challenges by covering their tuition at select postsecondary schools.

Premier Doug Ford, in London on Friday, revealed details of the province’s $142-million “learn and stay grant” that will cover tuition, books and other direct educational costs for students in return for a commitment to work in the region where they studied for up to two years.

Initially intended for only nursing students, Mr. Ford said the grant will also apply to medical laboratory technologist and paramedic programs in regions of the province facing a staffing crunch in these sectors.

“We’re bolstering our work force, building a pipeline of health care talent for growing and underserved communities,” Mr. Ford said. “This is a real win-win. We’re providing students with opportunity for great education and a rewarding career and we’re increasing the number of health care workers in underserved communities so that Ontarians in every corner of the province get the quality of care they need closer to home.”

The grant, with applications opening in the spring, is geared toward students enrolled in undergraduate or diploma nursing programs in northern, eastern or southwestern Ontario, laboratory sciences studies in the northern and southwestern regions and paramedicine in the north.

Paramedics have been in demand in Northern Ontario, where last fall, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) called for better staffing with 911 call volumes on the rise. In the northwestern community of Kenora alone, demand for paramedicine services increased by almost 17 per cent in 2021.

A list of eligible postsecondary institutions across more than a dozen communities has been posted on the province’s

N.S. announces slate of changes to improve emergency departments

The Nova Scotia government has announced a long list of changes it hopes will improve care at emergency departments, including ways to ensure patients with the most urgent needs get help first, improve ambulance response times and offer more places for people to receive care.

“Our health-care system has been neglected for years, for almost my entire career as a registered nurse,” said Health Minister Michelle Thompson at a news conference on Wednesday. “Government after government of all political stripes has focused on efficiency and cost containment in health care, despite calls from experts and health-care workers that the system was in trouble.

“They were warned that our workforce would retire en masse, chronic disease rates were increasing, and our proportion of the population that was elderly would grow. And the lack of proper infrastructure and human resource investments would leave us in the place we find ourselves in today. But nobody listened.…

“We are investing and we are working tirelessly to reverse the tide brought on by so many years of neglect.”

A woman sits at a desk in front of a microphone. Two Nova Scotia flags hang in the background.
Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Health, said the health-care system can be improved ‘if we all pull together with a common goal.’ (CBC)

Karen Oldfield, the president and CEO of Nova Scotia Health, urged people with skills in health care to come forward.

“We’re looking for more help. If you’re a nurse or a nurse practitioner or a physician or any other health-care worker who’s looking for work, rest assured, I’m looking for you. Let us know that you’re available.

“Because we can do it if we all pull together with a common goal: a system that is ready, responsive and reliable.”

Emergency department changes

In order to get speedier care in urgent cases, the government said that it plans to deploy teams led

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