Healthcare chaplains take services online; WEDI, NATE team up on virtual clipboard initiative;

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> Patients looking for spiritual support after a hospital stay can increasingly do it online as more healthcare chaplains offer services through digital technology, according to the Wall Street Journal. Last year, the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, based out of New York, launched "Chat With a Chaplain," and is now partnering with hospitals to extend its services. Article

> The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and the National Association for Trusted Exchange--a nonprofit dealing in consumer-mediated electronic health information--are partnering on a virtual clipboard project that will grow research on interoperability. The clipboard initiative was created by Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation, along with WEDI, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Medical Group Management Association. Announcement

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> Hospitals that use their infectious disease specialists only to reduce hospital-acquired infections and prevent the spread of contagious diseases aren't maximizing their full potential. Article

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> Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered details about his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Post

> When John Boehner retires as Speaker of the House, it will mark the end of the Ohio Republican's complicated and conflict-fraught relationship with the Affordable Care Act. Article

And Finally... Life on Mars? Maybe. Article