Another rural hospital in Georgia closes; Online patient portals aid underserved, undereducated populations;

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> Charlton Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access facility that will suspend all hospital operations on Friday, marks the third rural hospital in Georgia to close this year. Announcement

> Many breast-feeding moms are unaware of how the Affordable Care Act could benefit them, Kaiser Health News reported. For example, as of Jan. 1, the law requires insurers to cover breast pumps and lactation consultant visits. Article

> Texas Health Resources (THR) has taken a step to better engage physicians and coordinate care across the continuum with its new Population Health, Education & Innovation Center. The center will help the faith-based, nonprofit health system align clinical, operational, research and educational strategies, THR announced Monday. Announcement

Health IT News

> Patient portals have the potential for great utility and value for underserved patients with lower education levels--as long as the technology meets certain criteria--a new study from researchers at City University of New York-Hunter College finds. Article

> The emirate of Dubai in the Persian Gulf, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, is equipping hospital beds and waiting areas in all 14 of its primary healthcare centers, including hospitals and specialty centers, with 3,000 Android tablets, according to the Arabian Gazette. Article

And Finally… Now Fido can get addicted to Candy Crush. Article