HealthTap, Quest Diagnostics form partnership; New algorithm scans Twitter for dangerous drug interactions;

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> Physicians who are part of Palo Alto, California-based online healthcare platform HealthTap will be able to prescribe lab tests offered by Quest Diagnostics to patients thanks to a new partnership, according to Fortune. What's more, the article notes, test results will automatically be sent to both the doctor and the patient. Article

> Scientists at the University of Vermont have created a new tool that can discover dangerous drug interactions by scanning relevant tweets on Twitter about the names of drugs and medicines and then building a map of their connections, the school announced this week. According to computer scientist Ahmed Abeen Hamed, who led creation of the algorithm, the tool could generate public alerts prior to clinical investigations. Announcement

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