January 5, 2015

Healthcare Reader

Posted by Michael Kessler

News of the Week

December 31, 2014 | Health Data Management

Launched in 2009, the FDA's Mini-Sentinel pilot program has established secure access to the electronic healthcare data of more than 178 million patients across the country. Building on this success, Mini-Sentinel has now morphed into the new full-scale Sentinel, envisioned by the FDA as a nationwide rapid-response electronic active surveillance system.

January 2, 2015 | Post Bulletin.com

Mayo Clinic plans to open two medical kiosks in Austin Public Schools for use by staff and their families. The kiosks offer Mayo Clinic Health Connection — a new telemedicine delivery system through the HealthSpot platform, which combines cloud-based software and a private walk-in kiosk that offers medical treatment at the workplace.

January 2, 2015 | NPR News

Scientists are developing mock human organs that can fit in the palm of your hand. These organs-on-a-chip are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased. For instance, you have your gut-on-a-chip being developed at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

January 4, 2015 | The Ledger.com

Financial penalties for hospitals under the Affordable Care Act are making themselves felt locally and nationwide. Hospitals whose rate is judged too high for hospital-acquired conditions or presumably preventable conditions — such as infections patients acquire in the hospital — get reduced Medicare payments this fiscal year, which started Oct. 1.

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