Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ Alarm Career Scientists

In podcasts, public forums, social media and medical journals, a growing number of prominent health leaders say they fear that President Trump — who has repeatedly signaled his desire for the swift approval of a vaccine and his displeasure with perceived delays at the FDA — will take matters into his own hands, running roughshod over the usual regulatory process.

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Telemedicine Projected to Account for 20% of Medical Visits in 2020, Report Says

The new report, which was published last week by the Doximity physician network, is based on three resources: a randomized survey of 2,000 American adults to collect patient data, Doximity network data to reflect “physician adoption insights,” and data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and commercial insurance claims to gauge the telemedicine market.

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Waiting Room Safety: Infection, Furniture, and Power Outlets

Cleaning and keeping a healthcare waiting room safe for patients is a difficult task, says Jennifer Cowel, RN, MHS, a former Joint Commission executive and CEO of Patton Healthcare Consulting. Many elements need to be considered: furniture, electrical outlets, sanitizer dispensers, toys, and high-touch objects. And unlike patient rooms, there’s no turnover time between people where the space can be cleaned or checked.

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