Kaiser opens doors to D.C.-based Center for Total Health; Merge Healthcare names Cheryl Whitaker first CMO;

> This week, Kaiser Permanente is opening up to the public--and to Washington, D.C.'s healthcare movers and shakers--the doors to its new 16,000-square-foot Center for Total Health, which features electronic displays, interactive exhibits and conference areas related to keeping healthy, complete with the latest healthcare innovations. FierceHealthcare

> Cheryl Whitaker, MD, MPH, FACP, was pegged late last week to serve as the Merge Healthcare's first Chief Medical Officer. "As a former practicing physician with a long-time commitment to improving the healthcare delivery system, she is an ideal choice to help us build an increasingly stronger healthcare information platform," Merge CEO Jeff Surges said in a statement. Announcement

> Last week, the Arkansas Department of Health announced it was deploying TotalMobile from AT&T to design a mobile flu clinic solution to help the agency more efficiently transmit flu vaccination records across the state. The Department will extend the use of the application to other year-round immunization and health inspection programs throughout the rest of the year. Press release

> Three major health organizations--the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association--have launched a new program to improve outpatient care by increasing physician access to electronic health record (EHR) data. Oversight and data management is being provided by the Duke Clinical Research Institute. FierceEMR

And Finally... Not surprising, considering he keeps all of his assets in a building that towers over his hometown and boasts a gigantic dollar sign on the side. Article

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