'Bio-printing' takes giant leap; FDA approves augmented reality device to help with surgery prep;

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> "Bio-printing" transplantable tissues and organs are one step closer to becoming reality. Scientists at Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and MIT universities have bio-printed artificial vascular networks for people affect by major diseases and trauma injuries. Announcement

> A device that uses augmented reality to help physicians prep for surgery has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It gives surgeon's guidance to find the safest approach to remove brain tumors and do vascular surgery, according to an article in MedCity News. Article

> HIMSS and the National Association of County and City Health officials are collaborating on a Public Health & HIE Toolkit to help health departments understand what health information exchanges are and how to use such services. Announcement

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>  Academic hospitals often provide cutting-edge care and research, but they also have to pay the bills, a sometimes vexing task when cash is left on the table due to outdated claims management systems. Article

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> While the public has largely embraced wellness programs, many say it's not fair for employers to charge higher premiums to those who don't participate in the programs. Even more people oppose employers linking premiums to their ability to meet certain health goals, according to a poll released today from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Article

And Finally... That ring better be thoroughly sanitized. Article