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Robot Roundup
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

As President Obama announces a $500 million robot manufacturing initiative, I round up some of my favorite robot reporting. These are stories and columns about robots being used to interact with, anesthetize, and even intubate humans. [Read More]
June 28, 2011  
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App Challenge: Battle Obesity with Public Health Data
You don't need an app to tell you too many Americans are fat. But what if there were an app that could not only analyze public data from your own community?down to a specific zip code or individual level?but also tell you what your healthcare organization could do about it? That's the idea behind one of the latest Health 2.0 developer challenges?this one from The Aetna Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hartford, CT-based insurer Aetna Inc. The foundation is offering a prize pool of $50,000 for the three best browser-based applications that make the reams of government public health data more accessible for healthcare professionals and leaders. [Read More]

Mostashari: Meaningful Use Final Rules a Roadmap, Not a Checklist
Look for the Office of the National Coordinator to release by next year all of the final rules for Stage 2 of meaningful use. Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Health IT, explained Monday that his office is busy reviewing information from the Health IT Policy Committee, which in early June recommended delaying for a year, until 2014, Stage 2 of the meaningful use program for those providers that comply with Stage 1 criteria in 2011. Speaking at the National Health IT and Delivery System Transformation Summit in Washington, D.C., Mostashari said that while the final rules will pull from the policy committee recommendations, "they will not be identical," although "a lot of deference will be given to the committee." [Read More]

Rural Telemed Program 'Literally a Life-Saver'
Phoenix-based Banner Health is in the midst of rolling out a huge telemedicine program to every critical care hospital in its seven-state hospital system. This so-called eICU technology allows a team of off-site critical care nurses and physicians to remotely monitor ICU patients 24/7 as a backup to existing bedside caregivers. One of the latest hospitals in Banner's system to receive this technology is Ogallala Community Hospital in Nebraska, where the system offers a safety net for both patients and staff. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Opinion: Why Google Health really failed: It's about the money
The Washington Post, June 27, 2011

Radiation should follow a mastectomy for advanced cancer, but often doesn't
Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2011

Health data losses: Don?t blame hackers
InformationWeek, June 28, 2011

State HIEs wrangle with thorny 'patient consent' issue
Government Health IT, June 28, 2011

ABCs of EHRs: New training choices for non-techies
InformationWeek, June 24, 2011

AMA, others advise HHS to clarify meaningful use regs
CMIO, June 23, 2011

Tech Advances for Tonsillectomy Not Necessarily Better
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2011
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