Germany halts smart-card program for security review; Microsoft's Ballmer: Focus on the patient for long-term gains;

> One of the largest deployments of healthcare smart cards in the world is on hold, pending review of the security and confidentiality of the program, which was intended to mobilize health data for 80 million people in Germany. FierceMobileHealthcare

> It's not exactly a secret that various technology companies stand to profit handsomely from the estimated $20 billion infusion of federal dollars into electronic medical records. In jockeying for some of that cash, vendor executives, like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, are making the rounds to convince business and general IT interests that the time has never been better to get involved in healthcare. FierceHealthIT

> Some doctors oppose conflicts-of-interest rules that restrain their financial relationships with drugmakers. And others really oppose them. Just look at Dr. Lawrence DuBuske, an instructor at Harvard Medical School who practiced at Brigham and Women's Hospital. DuBuske, an allergy and asthma specialist, recently left Brigham and Women's--and Harvard--so that he could continue his paid work for GlaxoSmithKline. FiercePharma

> Now how's this for cool? Researchers at Georgia Tech are testing a wheelchair for quadriplegics controlled by the tongue. A magnet in the mouth acts like a mouse pad, relaying wireless signals to sensors that control the chair's movement. FierceMobileHealthcare

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