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3 insights from Dr. Michael Byrne on AI on GI (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Becker’s GI & Endoscopy covered our interview with Dr. Byrne about the potential applications of AI in GI.
Surge in Colonoscopies May Tax Resources After COVID-19 Delays (Medscape)
An expected surge in the number of people seeking colonoscopy after the peak of the COVID-19 passes could cause physicians to rethink patient prioritization, could create a strain on endoscopy capacity, and might raise the specter of detecting colorectal cancer in more patients.
Functional heartburn or refractory reflux disease? (AGA)
AGA has released a new Clinical Practice Update providing best practice advice to diagnosis and treat functional heartburn.
COVID-19 substantially reduces endoscopy procedures worldwide (Healio)
New data revealed a substantial decrease in endoscopy procedures around the world of more than 80% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CRC Screening at Age 40 Seen Cost-Effective (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
These findings are relevant in light of the increasing incidence of CRC among people under 50 years of age.
The AGA Research Foundation provides over $2 million in funding to promising researchers (AGA)
The AGA Research Foundation funded 17 awards in the 2020 awards cycle.
First Subjects Enrolled in Docbot’s Pivotal Study of its Ultivision™ AI Gastroenterology Imaging Platform to Detect Adenomas During Colonoscopy (PR Newswire)
“Despite the U.S. spending more than $20 billion per year on 18 million colonoscopies, colon cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death.”
Reinvent Health Care to Beat Covid-19 (Wall Street Journal)
Important surgeries can continue, but doctors need to be paid more for managing outbreaks.
Walmart divulges plans for ‘healthcare supercenters’ (MedCity News)
Walmart has been designing a different kind of supercenter — one focused on healthcare.
Gastroenterology compensation, debt & ownership: 5 statistics (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Gastroenterologists are more likely than other specialists to have a net worth of under $500,000, but they’re least likely to still be paying off school loans.
4 private equity GI deals announced this year (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
There have been four private equity deals in gastroenterology in 2020.
Investors predict the winners and losers in America’s shift to digital health during the pandemic (CNBC)
Venture capitalists poured $3.1 billion into the sector during first quarter 2020, according to Rock Health.
Patient Navigators Boost Diagnostic Follow-up After Positive FIT  (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
“Navigators increased the rate of diagnostic follow-up after a positive FIT by 32.5%.”
Telehealth may be cost-effective for IBD patients (Healio)
For patients with inflammatory bowel disease, telehealth was cost-saving and had high probability of cost-effectiveness.
ASMBS: Bariatric surgery ‘medically necessary’ during COVID-19 pandemic (Healio)
Bariatric surgery can improve obesity and the related diseases that increase risks for worse COVID-19 outcomes and should not be considered an elective procedure.
Video: Many People Lack Protective Antibodies After COVID-19 Infection (Medscape)
An article tried to answer the question of how protective those coronavirus antibodies are. And, at first blush at least, the news isn’t great.
Video: Colorectal Cancer Highlights from ASCO 2020 (Medscape)
Dr Benjamin Weinberg from the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer, discusses key studies from the ASCO 2020 virtual meeting for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).
Video: GI Societies join forces to promote diversity within the field (Healio)
In this interview, President of AGA Dr. Bishr Omary discusses the joint statement by various societies. They pledged to create guidelines to end racism and social injustice in GI.

Headlines for GI
Looking for a post-COVID health-tech idea? Find it in 3D printing (Exponential Tech – Part 3) (NextServices)
67% of patients say telemedicine is better than in-person visits, survey finds (Becker’s Hospital Review)
For Better Clinical Trials, Engage Patients (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
These are the 2020 CNBC Disruptor 50 companies (CNBC)
Doomsday Scene: COVID-19, Flu, Measles, & Winter. Here’s Our Plan (Medscape)
10 things to know about gastroenterologists and GI centers | 2020 (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Wider Health-Care Crisis (The New Yorker)
Wearable Tech May Detect COVID-19 Infection Before Symptoms (Medscape)
In scleroderma, GERD questionnaires are essential tools (MDedge)
Industry Voices—4 predictions for healthcare analytics in a post-COVID-19 world (Fierce Healthcare)
The Affordable Care Act Is On Center Stage (Again): Myths, Flaws And What’s Next (Paul Keckley)
COVID-19 Update: New CDC Guidance, Antibody Concerns (Medscape)

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