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Nurses Strike Over Patient Care Standards, Ebola

November 13, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 As many as 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday and picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California to express their concerns about patient-care standards and Ebola.  The nurses, who are in the midst of contract negotiations, held red and yellow "strike for health and safety" picket signs. The two-day strike was expected to affect at least 21 Kaiser hospitals and 35 clinics and lasted until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Sierra Leone Lacks Facilities to Deal With Ebola Outbreak

November 6, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Who's Who: The Ebola Outbreak

November 4, 2014 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Ebola outbreak that has ravaged West Africa in 2014 has been the largest in history by far...

Nurse at Texas Hospital Contracts Ebola

October 14, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to...

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State of Emergency Declared as Fires Force Evacuation of Town, Hospital

August 5, 2014 9:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain — one of which was menacing a small town and prompted the evacuation of a long-term care hospital.

Health Care Site Flagged in Heartbleed Review

April 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

Death Toll in Ebola Outbreak Rises to 121

April 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. There is no vaccine and no cure for the deadly virus, and its appearance in West Africa, far from its usual sites in Central and East Africa, has caused some panic.

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U.S. Health Secretary: Nations Cannot Ignore Disease

April 8, 2014 10:49 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kathleen Sebelius, who became secretary in the midst of the 2009 swine flu pandemic, praised the work of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in helping prevent disease outbreaks from turning into pandemics in two countries recently — Uganda and Vietnam. 

Ebola Outbreak 'Unprecedented'

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Doctors Without Borders' Anja Wolz talks to CNN about the effort to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea. So far, 78 people have died, mostly in Guinea. Can the outbreak be contained before it spreads?            

Healthcare Industry Still Lacking In Cyber Threat Preparedness

March 13, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

The number of cyber attacks targeted at healthcare industry organizations continues to increase, while research indicates that most healthcare organizations are not adequately addressing cyberthreat preparedness and response.     

Hotel Manager: Data Breach In Eight States

February 4, 2014 10:47 am | by CHARLES WILSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A nationwide hotel operator is investigating a suspected data security breach that may have compromised credit card and debit card information of customers who stayed at properties in eight states last year, the company announced Monday.  

Bird Flu Spikes In China Ahead Of Lunar New Year

January 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by MARGIE MASON, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

China has reported more than 50 H7N9 infections in 2014 after the strain jumped from birds to people for the first time last year. The virus remains hard to catch and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry, but scientists worry that could change if it mutates into a form that allows it to spread easily among people.

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Fatal Case Of H5N1 Bird Flu Reported In Canada

January 9, 2014 1:36 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian health officials said Wednesday a fatal case of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Canada, the first such case in North America. The victim was travelling from China when symptoms first appeared. Officials said the person began to feel ill on a flight to Canada from Beijing on Dec. 27.

Can A Usable H7N9 Vaccine Be Made?

August 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Can a usable vaccine against the H7N9 bird flu virus be made? Studies that are about to start should offer clues soon, says the director of the U.S. government program spearheading the work. Four flu vaccine manufacturers have started or will soon start clinical trials on H7N9 vaccines, with four more expected to conduct trials in the late fall or early winter. 

Speakers’ Soapbox: Jake Neufeld On Lessons From The (Super) Storm & The Importance Of Face-To-Face Meetings

August 9, 2013 2:49 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Jake Neufeld, Emergency Planning Associate, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and why a plan can be too detailed. 

NY Fights Reopening Of Hospital Damaged By Sandy

July 25, 2013 1:33 pm | by FRANK ELTMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials at the last hospital still closed after Superstorm Sandy are engaged in a nasty public feud with the state Health Department, which says the facility has been bleeding money for years and should merge with its closest competitor.

Hospital Struggles To Open After Sandy

June 7, 2013 4:11 pm | by FRANK ELTMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials at the last hospital still closed because of damage from Superstorm Sandy are no longer predicting when they will be able to reopen. The Long Beach Medical Center, located on a waterfront channel just east of New York City, suffered heavy flooding damage in the October storm, requiring at least $56 million in repairs, hospital officials said.

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Saudi Arabia: Three New Deaths From Virus

June 3, 2013 9:17 am | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia has reported that three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 24. The Ministry of Health said Sunday the three deceased were among 38 infected in the kingdom with the respiratory virus called MERS.

Saudi Arabia Reports Three More Deaths From New Virus

May 30, 2013 11:53 am | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia has reported that three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths globally to 30. The Ministry of Health said Thursday the three deceased, ranging in age from 24 to 60, had chronic diseases, including kidney failure. 

WHO: 22 Deaths Worldwide From Coronavirus

May 24, 2013 10:54 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press | News | Comments

World Health Organization officials said Thursday that their probe into the deadly new coronavirus that has now claimed 22 lives is being delayed because of a dispute over the ownership rights to a sample — a claim disputed by the researcher at the center of the issue.

Swine Flu Found In Elephant Seals Off California

May 20, 2013 11:27 am | News | Comments

Researchers have detected swine flu in elephant seals off the Central California coast, saying it was the first time a human pandemic strain has been found in marine mammals. The researchers raised the possibility that seabirds may have passed on the virus.

Mutare Vital Link™ Smart Notification Platform Tackles $8 Billion Healthcare Communication Problem

May 20, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

Mutare has announced the General Availability of Vital Link 2.0, the game-changing smart notification system that supports 2-way secure communication, mass/group notification and patient engagement messaging in a single closed loop platform.

Three Suspected Cases Of SARS-Related Virus In France

May 10, 2013 1:26 pm | by GREG KELLER,Associated Press | News | Comments

French health officials said Friday they are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, in people who had close contact in the hospital with France's only confirmed case.  A nurse at the hospital where the man was hospitalized in late April has herself been under watch at the hospital in Douai since Thursday night.

Canada Not Planning H7N9 Vaccine Studies; Will Watch U.S. Result

May 10, 2013 10:51 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada currently has no plans to ask its pandemic flu vaccine manufacturers to make trial batches of vaccine to protect against the new H7N9 bird flu, senior officials of the Public Health Agency of Canada have revealed. While the U.S. government has said it will ask several flu vaccine manufacturers to start growing up batches of serum against the new virus this summer, Canada will watch, wait and learn from the work the U.S.

How Chinese Bird Flu Infects Humans Is Still A Mystery

April 19, 2013 3:36 pm | by GILLIAN WONG,Associated Press | News | Comments

Almost three weeks after China reported finding a new strain of bird flu in humans, experts are still stumped by how people are becoming infected when many appear to have had no recent contact with live fowl and the virus seemingly isn't passing from person to person.

Flu Outbreak Felt In Ky. Hospitals, Workplaces

January 15, 2013 10:39 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The statewide flu outbreak has become bad enough to prompt a central Kentucky hospital complex to place temporary restrictions on visiting patients, while health care workers brace for the coming weeks when influenza usually hits its peak.

Floods Render NYC Hospitals Powerless

November 2, 2012 3:48 pm | by DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press | News | Comments

There are few places in the U.S. where hospitals have put as much thought and money into disaster planning as New York. And yet two of the city's busiest, most important medical centers failed a fundamental test of readiness during Superstorm Sandy this week: They lost power. Their backup generators failed, or proved inadequate. Nearly 1,000 patients had to be evacuated.

The Effects Of 9/11 & Katrina On Hospital Preparedness

August 28, 2012 5:29 pm | by Catherine Hartwell, Disaster Responder, American Red Cross | Articles | Comments

Before 9/11 hospitals lacked structured disaster plans and were inadequately prepared to properly respond to large-scale events. They were unable to both handle the surge of patients after a mass casualty event and continue operations after losing powe. In 2005, the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina exposed hospital’s insufficient preparations for coordinating with outside agencies.

Business Continuity Returns To New York On October 29-30, 2012

June 4, 2012 4:51 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | News | Comments

Continuity Insights New York is the long-awaited return of a dedicated business continuity event to the Northeast. Commissioner Jerome Hauer from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Commissioner Joseph Bruno from the New York City Office of Emergency Management will open the event with a plenary session on The State of Preparedness.

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