Machine may be the next anesthesiologist; San Diego HIE adds Scripps Health, Sharp Healthcare;

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> Four U.S. hospitals are using a machine, and not an anesthesiologist, to sedate patients--and it may one day replace humans all together, according to a Washington Post article. The device, created by Johnson & Johnson, received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2013, but is only now being deployed. Article

> Patients soon will be able to go online to order medical tests and readings, according to a Bloomberg Business article. Companies like Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings are experimenting with direct-to-consumer business projects. "We need to retake that territory for ourselves," LabCorp Chief Executive Officer David King said in the article. "It's a growth opportunity for us. It's something consumers increasingly want to have access to." Article

> The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's chief medical information officer is leaving the organization this month, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. G. Daniel Martich had a direct role in the implementation of the hospital network's electronic health records system. His next step is system chief medical officer at Morgantown's West Virginia United Health System in June. Article

> San Diego Health Connect soon will get two new partners--Scripps Health and Sharp Healthcare. The additions will give the health information exchange access to data of about 2.7 million residents. Announcement

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> As pressure increases to speed the transition from the fee-for-service model to value-based care, a new report provides four lessons that healthcare leaders can use to maximize quality and value. The report, conducted by the Avalere Center for Payment & Delivery Innovation and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based the research on a series of questions, including how to define value in healthcare, what available evidence suggests about payment and delivery innovations, and which innovations need further study but show promise in improving healthcare value. Article

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