Hospital merges technologies to combat atrial fibrillation; Researchers create computer simulation to show how cancer enters the bloodstream;

> The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is the first hospital in the world to merge multi-electrode mapping software with an advanced computer-controlled platform that enables doctors to navigate through a patient's heart for atrial fibrillation therapy, the Texas hospital announced earlier this month. According to J. Brian DeVille, M.D., the hospital's medical director of electrophysiology, the combined technologies will improve mapping efficiency. Announcement

> A new computer simulation created by researchers from the University of Southern California, Oregon Health and Science University and The Scripps Research Institute shows how cancer cells enter the bloodstream. The researchers eventually hope to mature their simulations to the point where they can create new therapies to target metastasis based on the simulations. Announcement

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services late last week announced they would provide grants for health insurance exchange efforts in eight states. Much of the funding will go toward developing IT systems that will power the exchanges. FierceHealthPayer

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