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News highlights of the week include an LGBTQ Healthcare Bill of Rights in NYC, Apple’s plans to make health records more centralized, and Nevada lawmakers’ desire to offer Medicaid to state residents.
- Harvard Business Review predicts that data-driven healthcare IT providers aren’t going to survive. Their business models are flawed, the article says, and most of these companies have a serious risk of failure in the next three to five years.
- New America’s Better Life Lab intern Elizabeth Morehead sat down with Nancy Polikoff, author of Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families Under the Law and a professor of law at American University to discuss religious exemptions in the workplace and restricted access to healthcare for LGBTQ citizens.
- Nevada lawmakers want to offer Medicaid to all Nevada state residents.
- STAT outlines six ways drones could change healthcare. The article discusses drone technology’s potential to transport blood samples, deliver medication to rural Americans, and provide surgical supplies to doctors practicing in remote areas of the world.
- Apple has been in talks with hospitals and other healthcare organizations to explore the possibility of bringing health records together via iPhones, media outlets report.
- New York City is celebrating Pride Month by rolling out its first-ever LGBTQ Healthcare Bill of Rights, detailing healthcare protections on the local, state and federal level to ensure queer New Yorkers get the health and medical care they deserve. If gay healthcare interests you, read our picks for “The 5 Gayest Healthcare Startups Right Now.”
- As a candidate, President Trump vowed to “take care” of the opioid epidemic, says an article in the New York Times. But addiction experts say the commission he set up to tackle the opioid crisis is a waste of time.
- Five percent of pregnant women with a confirmed Zika infection in the United States territories, including Puerto Rico, went on to have a baby with a related birth defect, according to the most comprehensive report to date from federal officials.
- Researchers who are trying to improve in vitro fertilization (IVF) are exploring ways to make the Petri dish environment more like that of a woman’s fallopian tubes. Scientists at the University of Murcia in Spain are launching a pilot study in which women’s eggs will be cultured in a dish containing fluid from their own reproductive tract.