Google Glass goes to med school at UC Irvine; HIT Policy Committee workgroup wants to hear about Meaningful Use provider experiences;

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> The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine announced this week that it wants to become the first medical school in the nation to integrate the use of Google Glass into its curriculum. This month, it will use 10 pairs of glass in operating room and emergency department settings for third- and fourth-year students. In August, first- and second-year students will use 20 to 30 more pairs in settings such as anatomy labs, the medical simulation center and the ultrasound institute. Announcement

> ONC's Health IT Policy Committee wants to gather more input from provider stakeholders to further inform its Meaningful Use Stage 3 recommendations. In a post to the Health IT Buzz blog this week, Paul Tang, chair of the Meaningful Use workgroup, solicited providers to share their experiences at two virtual learning sessions--on May 20 for eligible hospitals and professionals, and on May 24 for accountable care organizations, payers, purchases, regional extension centers, and electronic health record vendors and developers. Both sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Post

Health Finance News

> Diabetes is endemic in the United States, and it generates an outsized number of pricey hospitalizations in California, according to a new study. Diabetes is behind about a third of all hospitalizations in California, according to the study, and diabetes-related hospitalizations cost on average about $2,200 more than other kinds of inpatient admissions. Article

> Several healthcare finance transparency measures could save the sector as much as $100 billion over the next decade, according to a new analysis. Providers have multiple options to expand consumer access to cost information, according to the Center for Studying Health System Change analysis, published by the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center. Article

Health Insurance News

> Young adult sign-ups surged during the last few weeks of open enrollment but the coveted population presented the biggest marketing and outreach challenge for health insurance exchanges. "They don't consume traditional media in the same way," Jason Madrak, director of marketing for AccessHealth CT, said Thursday at the second national health insurance exchange summit in the District of Columbia. Adding to the challenge, the topic of health insurance is a conversation nonstarter for young adults, he added. Article

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