Health system acquisition leads to 1,993 layoffs; Costly Vermont health IT projects may not earn ROI for 10 years;

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> Thanks to its acquisition by Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., Sound Shore Health System in New Rochelle, N.Y., will lay off 1,993 employees, the Westchester County Business Journal reported. Article

> Although coronary artery disease (CAD) kills at least as many women as men, a study found women are less likely to receive preventive recommendations, MedPage Today reported. Article

> Facilities with more frequent and longer patient-doctor contact during dialysis care had fewer patient deaths and hospitalizations, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Abstract

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> Vermont and the federal government will spend more than $427 million to launch and run two healthcare-related IT projects but will not see "quantifiable savings" for five to 10 years, according to independent analyst firm BerryDunn. Article

> South Florida mobile medical clinics operated by Children's Health Fund will be able to link to pediatric specialists from the University of Miami Health System thanks to a recent telemedicine upgrade. Article

And Finally… I'll have a glass of the artichoke, on the rocks. Article