New Tool for Overdoses: Emergency Box With Antidote

From US News:

Defibrillator boxes have become commonplace in public places as a way to help people having a heart attack. Now, a group in Rhode Island has come up with a similar idea for a different medical crisis: drug overdoses.

The NaloxBox is meant to give bystanders in public areas easy and quick access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Just as with a defibrillator box, the NaloxBox puts a lifesaving intervention in the hands of a layperson.

Iowa may be first state with no health insurers on exchange

From ABC:

Iowa could be the first state in the nation with no health insurance company willing to offer policies on its Affordable Care Act exchange next year unless President Donald Trump’s administration approves a stopgap proposal, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said Monday.

Ommen said he and officials from two major Iowa insurance carriers met last week with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials in Washington to pitch a proposal that would save the Iowa market from collapsing.

Several counties in Missouri, Ohio and Washington state have no insurer for next year, but Iowa would be the first state to lose all insurers on an ACA exchange.

Emergency Room Telemedicine Consults Help Pediatric Patients

From mHealthIntelligence:

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in Somerset, NJ is the latest hospital to offer emergency room telemedicine consults to improve access to care for high-acuity patients.

The hospital can now connect patients  at its Somerset campus with pediatric emergency medicine at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH).

RWJUH will offer services that leverage real-time video conferencing via a remote telepresence device. This allows physicians to evaluate patients from a remote location without needing extra travel for emergency care.

“By providing telemedicine for our emergency pediatric patients, we’re able to increase access to specialized pediatric care across the region,” said Richard Brodsky, MD, Director of Pediatric Telemedicine at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Medical Drones Could Beat Ambulances At Saving Cardiac Arrest Patients

From Gizmodo:

Swedish researchers ran some timed trials to see whether drones really could beat ambulances at the life-saving game. As you might expect, the drone always won, and even though the study was preliminary, the results are promising.

The researchers equipped an eight-rotor, 12.5 pound drone with a defibrillator and painted it to look like a little drone ambulance. They set it up in the Norrtälje municipality near Stockholm, since it’s a place with lots of ambulance delays and a heavy summertime population. Then in 18 trials, they sent both an ambulance and a drone to a simulated 911 call back in October of last year.

The researchers call it “911″ in the paper published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, but Sweden’s actual emergency number is 112.