Baystate Health, Dell Services launch tech-based programs to boost chronic disease care; Facebook reminders help improve symptom control for asthmatic teens;

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> TechSpring, a technology innovation center developed by Springfield, Massachusetts-based Baystate Health, and Dell Services this week launched programs using predictive analytics and telehealth to improve care and outcomes for chronic disease patients. "Health systems, like Baystate Health, have witnessed seismic shifts in healthcare forcing it to change the way it fundamentally does business," Baystate Vice President and CIO Joel Vengco said in a statement. "Transforming our care delivery models, our population management and our patient engagement is essential to healthcare in the 21st century." Announcement

> Asthmatic teen patients who received reminders from clinicians and encouragement from friends through Facebook saw significant improvements in symptom control, according to researchers at Boston's Partners HealthCare. The findings were presented at the mHealth + Telehealth World Conference in Boston, MedCity News reports. Article

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> Whether or not they realize it, heterosexual healthcare providers are biased against LGBT patients, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found, but how those biases affect care is unclear. Article

> The healthcare industry is more consumer-centered than ever, and hospital and health system leaders must strategize accordingly, says a new report from the Healthcare Performance Management Institute. Article

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> In an effort to bridge the gap between the marketing and technology worlds, companies like Aetna have begun to emphasize the role of chief marketing technologist. Article

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