Azalea Health raises $1.5 million; Watch tech used to power pacemakers;

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> Azalea Health, after acquiring Atlanta-based electronic health record provider SimplifyMD last summer, has raised $1.5 million, according to a MedCity News article. The funding will be used to integrate SimplifyMD's software with Azalea's patient portal, billing and pre-authorization services. Article

> Adrian Zurbuchen, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bern, Switzerland, recently created a cardiac pacemaker powered by the same mechanism that powers automatic mechanical wrist watches. He found a beating heart could help power the pacemaker by creating an electric current, eliminating the need for surgically implanted pacemakers to need battery replacements. Zurbuchen talks about his project and watches in an interview with Forbes. Interview

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> The American Hospital Association has lobbied the U.S. Congress to preserve and boost payments for graduate medical education (GME). Article

> Hospital services in Georgia are deteriorating due to the rural healthcare financial crisis. Article

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> The Affordable Care Act isn't going anywhere. At least that was the consensus from last week's annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference in San Francisco, reported Reuters. Healthcare executives in attendance agreed that, while the healthcare reform law has its qualms, the ACA, as Reuters said, is "too entrenched to be removed." Article

And Finally... Be careful what you RSVP for. Article