Hospitals rank Facebook as the most important social media channel; VC investment in healthcare technologies continues to rise;

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> Hospitals responding to a recent survey conducted by the Ohio Hospital Association overwhelmingly said that Facebook was the most important social media channel, according to an HIT Consultant blog post. Officials from 84 hospitals (51 percent of the OHA membership) responded to the survey, which also found that more time and money are being spent on social media. Post

> Venture capital firms invested 35 percent more money in digital health companies in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012, according to new figures unveiled this week by health technology accelerator Rock Health. Remote monitoring, in particular, stands out as a growth area, according to a blog post by CEO Halle Tecco. Post

Provider News

> Interesting news for the nurse practitioner and physician assistant workforce: Job satisfaction is on the rise, but so are the demands and challenges for advanced practitioners, according to a new nationwide survey by staffing agency Jackson Healthcare. Post

> As we've reported previously, addressing the complex needs of geriatric patients poses a big challenge to physicians, and that's just from a purely medical standpoint. However, emerging programs exist to help elderly patients address not only their physical but their social needs as well, leading to greater patient and physician satisfaction. Article

Mobile Health News

> A tiny implantable device developed by Swiss scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is designed to act as a portable, personal blood testing laboratory to provide immediate analysis of substances that can then be transmitted to a doctor over a cellular phone network. The device, which measures about 14mm and is implanted just under the skin, is composed of five sensors, a coil for wireless power as well as miniaturized electronics for radio communication. Article

And Finally… Wouldn't it have been easier to just move to another room? Article