Major health systems team up to find best-performing med devices; Medicine dosing tool valuable for community health workers;

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> Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System, San Francisco-based Dignity Health, and Illinois-based Advocate Health Care, along with UnitedHealthcare, teamed up to improve patient outcomes by launching a joint venture to identify the best-performing medical devices and negotiate affordable purchasing agreements with device manufacturers, the organizations announced Tuesday. Announcement

> The chair of the Gaston Board of Commissioners is calling for the resignation of two CaroMont Health board members who are related to employees of a company hired to rebrand the former Gaston Memorial Hospital, claiming they financially benefited from the marketing concept, the Charlotte Observer reported. CaroMont is in hot water for its controversial "Cheat Death" slogan. Article

> Acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner received Democratic and Republican support during her confirmation hearing yesterday, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

Health IT News

> A tailored cellphone-based medicine dosing tool has been found to be "useful and acceptable" based on a survey of community health workers operating in rural Mexico and Guatemala, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Article

> Native smartphone applications and texting are both valuable methods of delivering real-time assessment in individuals with schizophrenia, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Article

And Finally… Family bonding 13,000 feet in the air. Article