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In the midst of a U.S. health crisis, there are major challenges for doctors to access patient records

June 04, 2020
In 2009, federal policymakers set aside about $35 billion in taxpayer revenue to digitize paper-based systems. The hope was to make it easier for doctors to access their patients’ medical histories in a few clicks. And by moving clinical information from paper to an electronic format, researchers...
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UCSF Begins Testing Program in SF’s Bayview and Nearby Neighborhoods

May 29, 2020
Residents of San Francisco’s Bayview, Sunnydale and Visitacion Valley — low-income, racially diverse neighborhoods hit hard by the pandemic — will be able to get a free coronavirus test through a new UCSF four-day testing project aimed at understanding the prevalence of the virus.

Finding That Work Life Balance At Home

May 26, 2020
It's been ten weeks since shelter orders took effect, and those working from home are dealing with a dismantled work-life balance.  According to data from NordVPN, U-S homebound employees are logging three extra hours per day on the job compared to before.
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Avoiding a Health Care Financial Meltdown

May 23, 2020
By Andrew Bindman, MD

Hilary Seligman, MD, and Susan Chapman, new directors of the National Clinician Scholars Program

May 20, 2020
UC San Francisco is partnering with the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP), an interdisciplinary research consortium for physicians and nurses, to drive innovation and improvements in health equity and health care.
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Steep Cuts Expected In California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Revised Budget

May 18, 2020
California is staring down a $54 billion deficit — a dramatic reversal from five months ago, when Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed the first version of this year’s budget. In January, the state anticipated a $5.6 billion surplus over the next budget year, following about a decade of economic growth...

Joanne Spetz has been appointed the inaugural Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Healthcare Finance

May 18, 2020
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Joanne Spetz has been appointed the inaugural Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Healthcare Finance, by Dean Talmadge King and simultaneously, she will immediately assume the role of Associate Director for Research at the Philip R. Lee...
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Coronavirus May Change Patient Appointments to Videoconference Permanently

May 18, 2020
The coronavirus has prompted many medical centers to switch from in-person appointments to video visits. A new study from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals suggests that for some hospitals, video visits may become a permanent feature of the patient-provider landscape.
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Ask the Experts: Advice about the Coronavirus

May 17, 2020
Interview with Claire Brindis, DrPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy and Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies Q: What are the best measures authorities can take to ensure the safety of its citizens?

Major challenges for doctors to access patient records

May 15, 2020
A number of medical record companies blossomed, in large part because hospitals needed a vendor to manage their patients’ medical information. Rather than build technologies that would be interoperable, many of these companies built vast empires by hoarding that information. 

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