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Keys to understanding COVID-19 Data

"Level of caution" needed when businesses reopen in face of COVID-19

Perception Health CEO J. Tod Fetherling sits down for a conversation with Hays Waldrop, founder and president of the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers (IHES). Fetherling explains why certain statistics, ratios, and five specific data points are key to understanding the effect of COVID-19 on our communities. Watch the interview.

Heat Map of Counties at Risk

Nashville tech firm releases COVID-19 heat map

"When it comes to 'hot spots' around the country, this is one map where Nashville doesn't want to be the 'It City,'" writes healthcare reporter Joel Stinnett for the Nashville Business Journal. In the article, Perception Health CEO J. Tod Fetherling describes the new data in our map: the number of tests conducted in each county, patients hospitalized, patients recovered and the number of confirmed cases per 1,000 residents. Read the article. View the map.

Tracking COVID-19

Local NBC affiliate spotlights Perception Health's COVID-19 map

The lead news story on this local Nashville station was an interview with Perception Health's CEO J. Tod Fetherling, who detailed the company's new map that tracks COVID-19 cases across U.S. counties. Watch the interview View the map Visit our coronavirus news page

New Map to Track the Coronavirus

Perception Health joins the fight against COVID-19

NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 24, 2020) -- Perception Health, a leading provider of data intelligence services for the healthcare industry, announced today a new service to track the daily spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The service shows the daily impact of COVID-19 on America's counties and local health systems. Read more.

Diagnosis Codes for the COVID-19 Coronavirus

CDC issues interim advice on coding the coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will implement a new ICD-10-CM diagnosis code for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in its next update on October 1, 2020. In the interim, specific codes for respiratory illnesses related to different strains of the coronavirus should be used, depending on the diagnosis. Perception Health's CODE platform is up-to-date and provides a single source for all recognized diagnostic and billing codes for the coronavirus. For more information on the CDC's interim advice, check out the CDC website.

Preventive Care

"I discovered colon cancer too late, but I want to make sure you don't"

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to get screened for this deadly disease. The treatments and successful outcomes for patients with colon cancer are greatly improved when the disease is identified early in its development. That's why people over the age of 40, or those showing specific symptoms, should schedule a colonoscopy as soon as they can.

In an opinion piece first published in Nashville's The Tennessean, healthcare executive Melissa Waddey warns readers about ignoring visible symptoms and foregoing necessary preventive screenings. Waddey was the former president of ambulatory and operations services at LifePoint Health in Nashville. Sadly, she passed away from her illness on December 4, 2019 at age 43. Read Melissa's message here and learn more about preventing colon cancer at ColonCancerCoalition.org.

Celebrate Love!

You can help save 8 lives and help up to 75 more individuals

February 14 is a day to celebrate love with candy, flowers, and organ donations. Now before you think that last gift is a bit extreme, remember that it is also National Donor Day, a time to focus on all types of donation—organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets, and marrow.

There are so many people involved in these life-saving programs: those who donated, those who received the gift of life through a donation, those people currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant, and those who died while waiting because an organ was not donated in time. Give the gift of life today. Read more and register!

Prevent Heart Disease

6 things every woman should know about heart health

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the nation's leading killer of women. They estimate that 90% of all women at some point in their lives have one or more risk factors for heart disease. Still, there is hope, as 80% of cardiovascular diseases are preventable.

There are specific steps you can take to ward off chronic diseases like congestive heart failure: quit smoking, stay active, get enough sleep, and others. Read more here and also here.

Health Technology

Preventative healthcare technology is an Apple focus, CEO Cook reveals

Apple is researching and may be developing new technology that could help individuals and healthcare providers identify health risks at an early stage, according to Tim Cook, CEO of the company. Similar to the heart monitoring features introduced with Apple Watch, these new features may include the ability to detect Parkinson's disease, diagnose tremor symptoms, and monitor menstrual cycles.

"I think you can take that simple idea of having preventive things and find many more areas where technology intersects healthcare, and I think all of our lives would probably be better off for it," Cook said in a recent interview on appleinsider.com. Read more.

Health Technology

High-Tech Health Products at 2020 CES

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is jam-packed with new products to improve and manage your health. With more than 4,400 exhibiting companies, including 1,200 startups, CES 2020 features the latest transformative technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, vehicle technology, digital health, and more. From an award-winning adjustable pillow that solves snoring to a Bluetooth toothbrush that analyzes the plaque on your teeth; from an award-winning bathroom mat that tracks your weight and posture to a rolling robot that will bring you more toilet paper, there's plenty to see at CES 2020.

Dealing with Cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

A free ebook of essays titled HPV & Cervical Cancer: Stories from Survivors and Supporters is available from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) to commemorate Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The ebook offers "a powerful message to those dealing with the impact of cervical cancer: you are not alone." The essays by cervical cancer survivors and family members provides personal perspectives on the physical and emotion impact of cervical cancer. Read more.

Health Technology

Apple watch notifies wearer of AFib, saves life

Heart rate sensors have been used in fitness trackers for a number of years, but models with newer technology have produced greater health benefits for consumers.

Roy Robinson, a 74-year old man, was saved by his Apple Watch when it alerted him to a possible atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), thanks to the ECG monitoring tool built into the watch. Robinson had no idea what an A-Fib was, but when he was alerted, his son pushed him to go to the emergency room where he was later admitted. Read more.

>> Read Tens of millions of Americans may have AFib and not know it.
Pediatrics

Nashville author writes children's survival guide to MRIs

Jackson looks like any other kid. But he has a "jelly bean" in his brain and that means getting lots of MRIs. In The Donut That Roared, Jackson helps young readers cope with the anxiety, fear (and noise!) that comes with a visit to that noisy donut-shaped machine. He shares his tips for making MRI day a breeze (like wearing his favorite taco socks!) and includes FAQs and tips for parents too. He even includes journaling pages so young patients can chronicle their own MRI adventure. Watch interview. Buy book.

Safe at Home

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

When shopping for presents during the holidays, it's very important to match a recipient's age to the age range listed on the item. Younger children are at risk when toys have small pieces or batteries that can be easily swallowed. Parents and grandparents need to remember to look for age specific gifts and be especially mindful if younger children are in the same household.

In this article from the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Tim Goodwin lists some of the best practices and potential dangers for adults to consider when shopping for children. Read more.