Today’s NewsStand — Nov. 19, 2019

Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.

Iowa News

Why Iowa doctors are so concerned with vaping chemicals
The Centers for Disease Control has officially named the lung injury connected to vaping. There are more than 40 confirmed cases in Iowa. Some patients were treated right here in Des Moines. Dr. Richard Deming, the Medical Director at MercyOne Cancer Center, is more concerned than ever before about the long and short term effects of vaping. Hear why doctors are so concerned about what chemicals are in vaping products. (KCCI)

Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region accepts Muscatine withdrawal letter
After intense discussion, the Eastern Iowa Mental Health and Disabilities Region Governing Board voted 4-0 to accept the withdrawal letter of Muscatine County from the board. Board member and Muscatine County Supervisor Nathan Mather abstained from the vote. Muscatine’s board of supervisors voted earlier this month to leave the Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region, slated for June 30, 2020. They voted to leave due to financial issues and incoming cuts for fiscal year 2021 and 2022 that would likely leave Eastern Iowa with fewer services. (Quad-City Times)

As funding disappears for Handicapped Development Centers, so do opportunities
In a back room of the Handicapped Development Center in Davenport called the Workshop, Norman Blake helps package Wahl trimmer kits. About 80 more of the center’s clients assemble small parts, label parts, and do other tasks for private companies. For HDC clients with disabilities, like Blake, it’s a chance to take pride in a job well done and earn a paycheck doing piece work a few hours a week. But the funding stream for general sheltered workshops is fading

National News

Health care remains dominant issue among 2020 voters
Health care is the single most important issue to American voters in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. A YouGov poll released Wednesday found that health care is the most important issue to 19 percent of Americans, more than any other issue. The number rises to 29 percent among Democratic primary voters, the survey found. (Iowa State Daily)

From pagers and fax machines, health care moves slowly to modern communications
Communication is happening everywhere in healthcare—at every handoff and patient interaction, information is being exchanged. Unfortunately, many healthcare professionals are using less than ideal tools for said communication. An estimated 85% of hospitals still rely on pagers, while fax machines account for about 75% of all medical communication. This leads to communication bottlenecks and breakdowns that impact the quality and cost of health care, or worse, patient safety. (Fierce Healthcare)

In a ‘Wild West’ environment, hospitals differ sharply in what patient data they give Google
In deals struck across the U.S., hospital systems appear to be adopting starkly different protocols for sharing personal health information with Google (GOOGL), fueling broad concerns about the ability of patients to control the use of their data. In a controversial collaboration with the hospital chain Ascension, Google gained access to millions of patient records, including names and birth dates, so it could use its artificial intelligence tools to analyze the information. The arrangement has triggered a fact-finding review by federal regulators. (STAT)