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Some technologists look at the pileup of crises weighing down American health care — overworked doctors, overpriced treatments, wacky health record systems — and see an opportunity to overhaul the industry, which could save lives and make them money, Axios' Kaveh Waddell and Bob Herman report.
Yes, but: There's frequently a chasm between can-do engineers itching to rethink health care and the deliberate doctors and nurses leery of tech that can make their lives more complicated, or worse, harm their patients.
Where it stands: Last year, investors handed more than $8 billion to health tech startups. But the other end of the pipe is mostly dry — relatively few products have integrated deeply into the labyrinthine medical system.
High-profile flameouts show what happens when medicine and technology are totally out of sync.
At the root of some failures is the way developers approach health care. Some take it on like any other technical puzzle, when it can be orders of magnitude more complex.
DNA sequencing is producing vast amounts of data, but researchers and doctors often don't know what it means or what can be done about the information it reveals, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Why it matters: Providers and scientists are grappling with how much information to give patients who have had their genes scanned.
The big picture: Many clinics and studies give patients only a few dozen results that reveal genetic causes for conditions that are treatable.
What we're watching: More providers and research projects are performing broad genetic scans, often for studies or drug development. The question of what to do with the data is only going to become more prominent.
Mexicans are regularly crossing the border on temporary visas to sell their blood plasma to pharmaceutical companies, ProPublica reports with ARD German TV.
Between the lines: The U.S. has less stringent guidelines than other countries around blood plasma donations, allowing them to be done at a higher frequently.
The legality of crossing the border for this reason — or of collecting plasma from the people who do — is unclear.
President Trump last week. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
The Trump administration on Friday issued a proclamation requiring visa applicants to prove they can obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. or cover their own health care expenses, Axios' Orion Rummler writes.
The big picture: A recent increase in the number of people without health insurance has coincided with the Trump administration discouraging immigrants from applying for and using government health care programs like Medicaid.
Details: The plan, scheduled to go into effect on Nov. 3, stipulates that if migrants "possess the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs," they would be exempt from needing documented health insurance.
The impact: The proclamation is a "classic catch-22" for low-income immigrants, Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation told Politico.
Background: In August, the Department of Homeland Security published a rule to penalize immigrants who use or are likely to use public benefit programs such as food stamps, housing assistance or Medicaid.