AngelMD Friday Roundup – 5 Big Stories from this Week

The Friday Roundup is a collection of five stories that you need to know about each week. From policy, to innovations, look to us to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the healthcare industry.

Pro Tip: Get Injured During the Day

New research suggests that when an injury occurs can impact how fast it heals due to the circadian rhythm of cells. The researched looked specifically at fibroblasts — skin cells that help with wound repair — which operate on a rhythm, and used them to estimate the times of day that would impact biological healing.

The difference between night and day was twofold, which is fairly significant. Researchers aren’t confident enough to declare it the only factor in time spent recovering, but it certainly has some effect.

I Dream of Genes

According to a statement from commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the FDA is streamlining the approval process for consumer genetic testing.

In it, the FDA asserts the fact that people are “more aware of and engaged in their health care than ever before” as a main drive for fast tracking the tests which can reveal if someone carries genes that predispose them to certain diseases.

Now, manufacturers of these tests will just need to pass a one-time review, after that any tests they produce can go straight to market without further review.

Are Cookie-Cutter Hospitals the Future?

Hospital chains have been growing for years and they’re reaching behemoth sizes. In some towns, nearly all the hospitals are owned by companies located hundreds of miles away.

Recently, this growth has slowed, due to a variety of factors and as the nation’s healthcare policy debate rages on, the future of hospital ownership has been called into question.

Some consolidation was inevitable, but also jeopardizes a hospital’s community ties. Read more about the shift in POLITICO.

Second Skin

A child suffering from epidermolysis bullosa has been successfully treated with genetically engineered skin cells. Epidermolysis bullosa is a painful disease that results in fragile skin which easily blisters.

In this particular case, a 7-year-old boy had lost 60 percent of his outer skin layer and doctors were struggling to treat him. After failed transplants, they turned to genetic engineering by using a virus to insert health genes into the boy’s skin cells and then let them multiply, resulting in a sheet of epidermis.

The method gives hope to parents of children with the disease and doctors at Stanford are now also using the treatment.

Face the Facts

EHR program Drchrono becomes the first to integrate with Apple’s new FaceID feature. Doctors can now simply look at their phone and login into their Drchrono account.

Leveraging this new technology means reducing the valuable time that can be wasted trying to gain record access. Drchrono hold roughly three percent of the US population’s medical records and were also the first to implement TouchID when the feature was made available.

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