Delaware, Maryland electronically exchange patient data; FDA pubs guidance on social media, Internet communications;

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> The Delaware Health Information Network and Maryland's Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients started exchanging admission, discharge and transfer summaries on patients across state lines, DHIN announced. Announcement

> The Joslin Diabetes Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliate based in Boston, this week announced a partnership with Carlos Slim Health Institute--a Mexico-based nonprofit--to develop virtual-case based interactive educational materials for primary care doctors in Mexico. The materials will focus on how to treat and prevent type 2 diabetes. Announcement

> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week published draft guidance documents on social media and Internet communications about medical products, such as prescription drugs and medical devices. One guidance offers recommendations for the presentation of risk and benefit information when using sources with character space limitations, such as Twitter. The second guidance offers suggestions to companies that correct third-party information related to their own products. Blog post

Provider News

> Despite the healthcare industry's movement toward shared decision-making, patient input is lacking in determining whether many patients undergo cancer screening, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For the study, researchers reviewed data from more than 1,100 patients age 50 and older who made decisions about whether to screen for breast cancer, colorectal or prostate cancer during the prior two years. Article

> The government wamts input from a panel of nine healthcare industry experts and leaders to help select a new Department of Veterans Affairs secretary. One member of the panel is Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, M.D., who recently turned down the job. Article

Health Insurance News

> The Office of Inspector General criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at a congressional hearing for failure to recoup inappropriate payments, and high on the list of contributors to those was the perennial issue of fraud-ridden home health services. Article

And Finally... This doesn't sound like the Spider-Man I know. Article