1.2M faulty blood glucose meters recalled worldwide; U.S., Europe to cooperate to bolster health IT efforts;

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> More than one million One Touch Verio IQ blood glucose meters are being recalled worldwide for failing to provide warnings to patients who have dangerously high blood sugar levels, Reuters reports. At readings of 1024 mg/dl and above, the meters shut off, according to the company. Article

> The E.U.'s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will work together on a "roadmap" to bolster eHealth efforts, Healthcare Informatics reports. In particular, the two groups will work on international standards for interoperability of electronic health information and communication technology. Post

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> Researchers recommend hospitals apply management strategies from manufacturing and technology industries to produce high-quality outcomes, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Article

> Maine lawmakers are considering a measure that would align state law regarding eligibility for charity care with the Affordable Care Act by allowing hospitals to conduct an income means test. Hospitals would not be able to refuse care, but could consider a patient's assets, as well as their income in determining whether those without insurance could pay all or part of their bill, the Maine Sun Journal reported. Article

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