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CLOSE COORDINATION: Dr. David Bourassa, right, chief medical officer for Thundermist Health Center, speaks with medical assistant Aminata Gassama. Bourassa said primary care doctors can coordinate a patient’s care better than a CVS MinuteClinic because they know a patient’s medical history.
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Docs worry CVS clinics coming between them, patients

When it comes to minor health care issues, scheduling a doctor’s office visit can sometimes be more of a headache than many people can...
TAKING CONTROL: Sailing Heals takes cancer patients and their caregivers for a sail aboard the schooner Madeleine in Newport.
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For the very sick, sailing a chance to ‘refuel their souls’

Katelyn McSherry’s memories of her mother on the water stretch back to when she was growing up in Portsmouth. “Growing up, we always had a...
NEW PROTOCOLS: Jenn Anderson with her son Brandon, 10. Brandon has had sepsis several times, but new protocols at Hasbro Children’s Hospital help him get treatment more quickly.
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With new protocols, early diagnosis, treatment improve outcomes

Jenn Anderson knew her son had pneumonia when he was admitted to the intensive care unit at Hasbro Children’s Hospital two years ago. She’d become...
OPIOID STUDY: Susan Lim, site manager, and Joe Robillard, pharmacy technician, work on prescription orders at a Genoa Healthcare pharmacy inside a Gateway Healthcare clinic in Pawtucket. Genoa is collaborating with Rhode Island Hospital and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare on a study examining the effectiveness of pharmacist-delivered, medication-assisted treatment for opioid-use disorder.
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RUPERT WHITELEY

Study looks at effectiveness of pharmacist-delivered MAT to treat opioid use...

Efforts to curb the opioid epidemic include increasing access to care and reducing stigma, goals officials say a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health-funded,...
EXPANDING: Neyda DeJesus is co-coordinator of the Newport Health Equity Zone. The state is looking to expand the HEZ initiative with $1.4 million from the state and federal government to start new collaborations this ­summer.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Health Equity Zones encourage community buy-in

Studies have increasingly found that social determinants, such as where you live and who you socialize with, have a lot to do with how...
FIRST STEP: Rhode Island Business Group on Health Executive Director Al Charbonneau says a federal rule requiring hospitals to post pricing data online is the first of many steps to price transparency. Next to Charbonneau is Hospital Association of Rhode Island President Teresa Paiva Weed.
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New CMS rule requires hospitals to post pricing data online

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires hospitals’ pricing data to be posted to their websites, billed as the first step toward a...
RECORD TIME: Brown University researchers have published a study showing that electronic health records are more stressful for physicians than they are helpful. At Coastal Medical, practice nurses, such as Margaret Hatzpanian, right, now handle most clinical documents and administrative tasks previously handled by doctors. At left is Stephanie Nunes, nurse practioner.
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RUPERT WHITELEY

Brown researcher: Electronic health records create high stress for physicians

Physicians say electronic health records are stressful, but a survey of Rhode Island doctors and promising strategies suggest compromises between round-the-clock accessibility and reasonable...
IMMUNOTHERAPY TREATMENT: Roger Williams Medical Center physicians Dr. Steven Katz, left, and Dr. N. Joseph Espat are developing a high-pressure application of their immunotherapy treatment for cancer cells. It has been demonstrated to be an effective way to administer the drugs to tumors that are usually resistant to treatment.
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DAVE HANSEN

High-pressure application breakthrough aids RWMC’s immunotherapy ambitions

T-cells genetically altered to seek and kill cancer don’t do much good if the tumor’s density stops it from contacting the offending tissue, a...
BETTER METHOD: Carl Saab, an associate professor of neuroscience and neurosurgery at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, and a team of Brown researchers have developed and patented a new way to diagnose and manage pain.
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Brown researchers find brain waves an accurate method for measuring pain

A team of Brown University researchers has developed and patented a new, objective measure of pain using a noninvasive electroencephalograph of theta-band brain waves,...

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