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A Vanderbilt professor has been helping establish electronic health records in his home country of Kenya, which includes vast expanses cut off from internet access. And he says the lessons from Africa could help expand care to isolated parts of the U.S.

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Investment analysts who watch the massive hospital industry based in Nashville say the ups-and-downs of the Affordable Care Act are waning. They gave their annual presentation to members of the Nashville Health Care Council on Thursday.

Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt

Governor Bill Haslam's 10-point plan to attack the opioid epidemic announced this week puts some new focus on Tennessee's medical schools. On Wednesday, he named a 19-member commission to develop a list of related skills for the next generation of doctors.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Meharry Medical College took public comments about the future of Nashville General Hospital on Tuesday night, and the message was clear. Community members — most with some kind of personal ties — said they want the city to spend more money on the hospital, not less.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

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The most critically injured students from Marshall County High School were all life-flighted from Kentucky to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The school shooting, which killed two and injured 17, was a first for the hospital in 30 years as a Level I trauma center.

Kristi Jones / Lipscomb

Candidates to be Tennessee's next governor agree on the seriousness of the opioid epidemic and that the state needs a more aggressive response. But there is some conflict on how to attack a pervasive drug problem.

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This week, Tennessee's Medicaid program began enforcing a limit on first-time opioid prescriptions. TennCare patients can only get enough pills for five days. Legislative leaders say similar restrictions are in the works to regulate painkiller prescribing for all Tennesseans.

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A program to assist desperate parents in rural Tennessee is expanding to DeKalb and half a dozen other counties. The initiative, which is already operating in Putnam and Coffee counties, establishes a two-person support team — a care coordinator and a family support specialist, who is often the parent of a child with a mental health diagnosis.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Mayor Megan Barry has now given until the end of the year for some kind of restructuring at Nashville General Hospital to begin, but the only idea on the table at the moment is hers: Close the inpatient hospital to save money and focus instead on outpatient chronic disease care.

Hospital officials say they’re already headed that direction, but they will still need to keep the hospital doors open.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Mayor Megan Barry sent a two-page letter to the Metro Council Thursday saying she plans to take until the end of the year to come up with a new model for Nashville General Hospital. She also apologized for publicly announcing her plans to wind down inpatient care after years of failed attempts at financial sustainability.

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