Ex-hospital exec Paul Levy surprised by da Vinci ad; Pilot Health Tech NYC expands matchmaking program;

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> An NPR article explores the controversy of doctors appearing in an advertisement for Intuitive Surgical, Inc.'s da Vinci robotic surgery system. "While I have become accustomed to the many da Vinci ads, I was struck by the idea that a major university health system had apparently made a business judgment that it was worthwhile to advertise outside of its territory, in a national ad in the New York Times," Paul Levy, former chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, told NPR. Article

> Pilot Health Tech NYC, developed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Health 2.0, is expanding its matchmaking program, according to an article in MedCity News. Groups that host the pilot can include employers, foundations and retailers, and health IT companies can include consumer-focused programs, according to the article. Article

> Kaiser Permanente's forthcoming new facility in San Diego, which broke ground Wednesday, boasts lots of information technology features, according to The Daily Transcript. The building, when completed, will be a seven-story hospital with 450 patient rooms equipped with telehealth technology, including interactive screens where the patient can control everything in the room including temperature, lighting and video conferencing, and other new technologies include image-guided surgical and robotic equipment. Article

Health Insurance News

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and state regulators should guarantee that insurers don't choose which providers to include within their networks solely based on costs, the American College of Physicians (ACP) said Tuesday in its annual report on the state of healthcare. Article

Health Provider News

> As winter weather and storms pummel large portions of the country, hospitals nationwide are reviewing their weather and emergency planning policies to put patient and staff safety. Article

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