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• The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement over the toll of the opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what would have been the first federal trial over the crisis.
• Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced a new program to help municipalities in the state bolster their cybersecurity.
• New data shows that physician-led accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program outperformed hospital-led ACOs by a significant margin.
• All prescriptions in England are to be digitized in the national rollout of an electronic system that will start next month, the department of health and social care announced last week.
• Health insurance premiums for benchmark Affordable Care Act exchange plans will decrease in 2020 for the second year in a row, by about 4%, and most shoppers will have more plan choices.
• Digital health innovation network and consulting firm Avia raises $22 million in a funding round led by First Trust Capital Partners.
• Cancer care company 21st Century Oncology is reportedly looking for a buyer. Insiders say a deal could value the company at as much as $1 billion.
• Sony is launching new B-to-B mobile health platform including a wearable. Sony is debuting its new mSafety mobile health platform at the Connected Health Conference in Boston.
• Less than a week after announcing $26 million in new funding, Parsley Health opens its first membership-based primary care office in Los Angeles.
• Nuance and Microsoft will co-develop ambient sensing and conversational AI software to enable physicians to pay more attention to their patients instead of on administrative tasks.
• Google has improved the Site Isolation feature in Chrome to help defend against more types of attacks.
• The NHS gives Google access to five years’ of patient data from several hospitals.
• Security researchers found that malicious apps designed to eavesdrop can sneak through Google's and Amazon's vetting processes.
• When noninvasive heart tests were shifted to a hospital-based outpatient facility, overall costs as well as patients' out-of-pocket expenses increased, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
• The NFL is rolling out a prescription drug monitoring program as part of its more focused efforts on monitoring pain management and medications.
• A ResMed-commissioned survey of 3,000 Americans finds that 56% monitor their health with at least one digital tool; 60% attempt to diagnose themselves via the Internet; and half want technology to improve communication with their PCP, specifically to be able to share information with them.
• A study of 200 post-partum mothers finds that lactation consults via video can lead to higher breastfeeding rates.
• Physician burnout and work satisfaction improved from 2014 to 2017, according to research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
• Kaiser Health News finds that hospital and doctors are pushing 3D mammograms that haven’t been proven any better than traditional ones despite costing $50 more.