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NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest health system in Connecticut, Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS), has partnered with digital health platform provider Rx.Health to expand and unify their digital health assets. The health system will have access to the EHR-integrated digital health unification platform to prescribe digital navigation pathways (DNPs), digital therapeutics, health education content and other digital health assets to patients based upon their preferred mode of communication and including SMS messages, emails and interactive voice response (IVR).

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Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Jan. 17 to 21, 2022. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Patients aged younger than 18 years with diagnosed COVID-19 have an increased risk for newly diagnosed diabetes >30 days after acute infection, according to research published in the Jan. 14 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- There was increased use of telemedicine for surgical consults among some historically underrepresented patient groups during the second phase of the pandemic, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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Ballotpedia is tracking 20 citizen-initiated measures in nine states related to marijuana that could appear before voters in 2022. As of 2022, recreational marijuana is legal in 18 states and Washington, D.C., and medical marijuana is legal in 36 states and D.C.

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ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Concierge Choice Physicians (CCP), the nation's leading full- service concierge medical service provider, today announced that Kalpesh Patel, M.D., an internist who specializes in integrative medicine with a practice called "Advanced Integrative Medicine" in Plainfield, IL, has enrolled in the company's Hybrid Choice™ program - an enhanced service that offers patients comprehensive care and peace of mind with greater connectivity between doctor and patient.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A delay of five or more hours to admission from the emergency department is associated with increased all-cause 30-day mortality, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Among adults with overweight or obesity, once-weekly subcutaneous semaglutide plus counseling for diet and physical activity results in significantly greater weight loss at 68 weeks than once-daily subcutaneous liraglutide, according to a study published in the Jan. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Fidelis Care has awarded Neighborhood Health Center of WNY $8,000 to assist in their efforts to address the digital divide some patients have experienced during the pandemic. The funds will help provide access to technology and services for patients to better communicate with their health care providers.