Google Glass application provides CPR assistance; Social media can destroy or boost hospital reputations;

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> Christian Assad-Kottner, M.D., an interventional cardiologist based in Houston, recently developed a new application for Google Glass geared toward helping individuals provide CPR in an emergency situation. Dubbed CPRGlass, the application gives individuals on-demand instructions for performing CPR--which include providing a beat by which to count compressions--and calls 911 based on the wearer's GPS location. It also sends a text message to the nearest hospital with information regarding the ongoing CPR treatment. Post

Medical Imaging News

> University of Pennsylvania radiology professor Saurabh Jha, M.D., wonders about the role radiologists must play in managing the decline of imaging utilization in the U.S., while looking back at the role they play in the U.K., where he trained as a surgeon, according to a new perspective published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Since imaging in the U.K. is a much scarcer commodity than in the U.S., radiologists there act as gatekeepers, meaning that if a clinician wants a study performed, he must "be at the top of his game" in order to convince a radiologist of a scan's appropriateness. The radiologist determines how that scare resource--imaging--is to be dispensed. Article

Health Insurance News

> The National Football League won't be promoting the reform law, and the health insurance exchange in particular, even though the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reached out to the sports organization. Although HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she was having "active discussions" with several sports leagues, noting the NFL was "enthusiastically engaged," there won't be any football players appearing in ads supporting the exchanges. Article\

Provider News

> Social media has become so powerful that a healthcare provider's efforts to fully engage with social networks could harm both patients and the provider's reputation, contends a new whitepaper from HP Social Media Solutions. Inaccurate or misleading information easily spreads through social media, according to the whitepaper's authors, so hospitals need a proactive social media policy to quickly counter misperceptions. Article

And Finally… Hipsters and chickens just aren't vibing. Article

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