iPhone app good for speech laterality tests; Reports cite gaps for mHealth research;

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> Researchers at the Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics at the University of Arkansas have released an improved version of an online decision-support tool that can help providers adopt universal standards to identify materials, locations and partners within the U.S. healthcare system. The tool is free and downloadable, and uses a spreadsheet format to help guide healthcare providers through planning and adoption of GS1 global data standards. Announcement

Mobile Healthcare News

> A new study has found that an iPhone app is a valid method for administering a widely used laboratory-based speech laterality test, according to an announcement from Norway's University of Bergen. The consonant-vowel dichotic listening test on the mobile device takes only three minutes and reveals which side of a person's brain is most active in language processing. Article

> Two new reports from the mHealth Alliance highlight the lack of quality evidence and rigorous research for mobile health. According to the reports, the evidence base supporting mHealth is "underdeveloped and young," with some in the development and global health communities "demanding more research evaluating if and how mHealth improves impact in global health programs." Article

Provider News

> Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill., last week filed a $100 million anti-trust lawsuit against OSF HealthCare System. Methodist, the second largest hospital system in the city, claims its rival, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center--the health system's flagship hospital--has reduced the number of market competitors and therefore is driving up costs, the Journal Star reported. Article

> Scrutiny of fat hospital paychecks heads to New York, where hospital CEOs receive up to $750,000 in North Country and salaries for administrators can exceed $100,000, the Press-Republican reported. Despite job cuts, CVPH Medical Center paid President Stephens Mundy $749,563 in salary, bonuses and other compensation in 2010. And at nearby Elizabethtown Community Hospital, President and CEO Rodney Boula took home $229,902 in 2010. Article

And Finally... This is just too similar to "The Walking Dead" for comfort. Article

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