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What They're Watching: Bill Pearch, healtheconnect Alaska

Emily Boerger | Jul 20, 2020 | Alaska

Bill Pearch is the Chief Information Officer at healtheconnect Alaska, the statewide health information exchange. He joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss making information actionable.     “The one thing I'm watching in health care really is how we can leverage information and make it...[ Read More ]

Committee hears testimony on COVID-19 risks in correctional facilities and API

Emily Boerger | Jul 17, 2020 | Alaska

The House State Affairs and Health and Social Services committees held a meeting this week to hear testimony on COVID-19 health risks in high risk facilities like prisons, jails, and the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API). The meeting is a follow up to a workplace safety meeting held last week by...[ Read More ]

Update on the Alaska Healthcare Transformation Project

| Jun 29, 2020 | Alaska

Sandra Heffern is the project coordinator for the Alaska Healthcare Transformation Project. She provided the following project update in an emailed statement:     I hope this finds you all healthy, safe and managing this time of pandemic as best you can.  On behalf of the Project Management Committee I...[ Read More ]

The latest on COVID-19 related job losses in Alaska

Emily Boerger | Jun 26, 2020 | Alaska

The June issue of Alaska Economic Trends from the Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development takes a deep dive into job losses and trends during the COVID-19 pandemic. April job numbers dropped 13.1 percent compared to April of last year – decreasing from 322,500 in 2019 to 280,300 jobs...[ Read More ]

Senators call for permanent expansion of telehealth following COVID-19 pandemic

Emily Boerger | Jun 17, 2020 | Alaska

Sen. Lisa Murkowski joined a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to senate leadership on Monday, calling for the permanent expansion of telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries established during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter notes that telehealth provisions from the CONNECT for Health Act were included in COVID-19...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A with Jared Kosin, Levels of depression, Steve Williams

| Jun 11, 2020 | Alaska

I want to feature a virtual conversation we're hosting on race and health care, which you'll see in item 2 below. Now is a time to be reflective about our biases, the benefits or detriments of our skin color, and how we can foster conversations that will have a measurable...[ Read More ]

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