Cerner Q2 results beat Wall Street expectations; Data brokers come under scrutiny;

> The University of Missouri will use a $13.3 million federal grant to combine advanced technology with education for patients and providers. The "high-tech, high-touch" approach will improve the health of individuals and populations, including patients with chronic illnesses, and create a more comprehensive, better coordinated system that empowers patients to take control of their own health status, according to the organization. Announcement

> Cerner Corp. posted solid second-quarter results and raised its full-year net income and revenue estimates Thursday, but shares of the healthcare tech company were down in aftermarket trading. Cerner said its net income rose 36 percent in the second quarter, and excluding one-time costs, the results surpassed Wall Street expectations. Article

> Data brokerage companies are under a congressional spotlight following the July 24 start of an investigation into how they collect, assemble and sell consumer information to third parties, FierceGovernmentIT reports. Article

> Robert S. Ledley, a dentist turned biomedical researcher and computing trailblazer who invented the first CT scanner capable of producing cross-sectional images of any part of the human body, died on Tuesday in Kensington, Md. He was 86. Obituary

And finally … This is a must-read, if only for the references to come-hither feathers and nubbins. Article

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