Healthcare Hub: October 2018 Issue
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Top 13 Medical Specialties for 2019 and Beyond
We’re coming to the end of what has been a historic year in health care. Not only did the industry create the most jobs in America, it also provided the best ones, dominating the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of “The 100 Best Jobs in America.”
Since now is the perfect time to start looking for a job, we’re about to go even further and outline the healthcare specialties that will command the market for years to come.
Job seekers should know what to expect in preparing for the next steps in their career. This resource is here to guide you. Based on average pay rates and industry demand, these are the top 13 medical specialties for 2019 and beyond. Click here to see the full list.
First Flu Drug in 20 Years to Hit the Market
Flu season has officially started, and we can only hope this year won’t be as bad as the last. The CDC reported 80,000 deaths from the flu season of 2017-18, making it the deadliest season in 42 years.
Now, the FDA is taking a stand by approving the first flu drug in 20 years. As FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb reported, “With thousands of people getting the flu every year, and many people becoming seriously ill, having safe and effective treatment alternatives is critical. This novel drug provides an important, additional treatment option.”
The new drug is called baloxavir marboxil, which will hit the market as Xofluza. Not only is this new treatment more cost-effective than existing drugs like Tamiflu, it also has an innovative mechanism that blocks the enzyme that the flu targets to copy and spread itself.
Client Shoutout: St. Luke’s “Walk of Respect”
We are grateful to serve clients who exemplify the goodness of healthcare through their values and practices. One such client St. Luke’s has a wonderful tradition of honoring deceased organ donors and their families with a “Walk of Respect.”
The hospital team lines the hallways in a quiet display of reverence for the patient and their family, as the staff takes the patient from the ICU to the operating room. The tradition both helps families in the grieving process and highlights the importance of organ donations. One donor can save the lives of eight people or even help 50 others.
Thank you St. Luke’s for sharing this amazing tradition and treating your patients and their families with the utmost respect. We’re proud to help you in your invaluable work.