Med students to get credit for editing Wikipedia; Michigan HIE to expand using information network;

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> Medical students at the University of California, San Francisco, will be able to get course credit for editing Wikipedia articles about diseases, part of an effort to improve the quality of medical articles on Wikipedia and distribute the information via mobile phones, The New York Times reports. "We as a profession have our corpus of knowledge, and we owe it as a profession to educate the lay public," said Amin Azzam, M.D., a health sciences associate clinical professor at the U.C.S.F. School of Medicine who will teach the monthlong elective course in December, to the Times. Article

> The Southeast Michigan Beacon Community (SEMBC) and the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) have announced they plan to expand BeaconLink2Health, SEMBC's Health Information Exchange (HIE) using MiHIN. BeaconLink2Health users will enjoy "a broad range of MiHIN's shared services including: Michigan Public Health Reporting, Admit/Discharge/Transfer Notifications (ADT) and DIRECT Technology, combined with the capabilities of BeaconLink2Health's clinical data repository and robust community of provider data sources feeding the exchange," according to an emailed announcement from MiHIN. Site

Mobile Healthcare News

> Ten mHealth projects in eight countries across Africa and Asia were awarded grants, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and administered in partnership with the World Health Organization Special Program of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, to improve the reproductive, maternal and child health of 4.5 million people, according to an announcement from the mHealth Alliance. Article

Provider News

> Male early-career physician researchers are paid more than female ones, but it's not clear why, according to a new study in Academic Medicine. Certain factors, such as specialty, work hours, research time and academic rank couldn't account for 17 percent of the total pay disparity in the full sample, according to lead researcher Reshma Jagsi, M.D., of the University of Michigan Health System and her team. However, they said spousal employment explained about a third of this gap. Article

> Even though South Carolina rejected healthcare reform's Medicaid expansion, the Palmetto State's Medicaid agency still expects a large influx of new patients, The State reports. As new patients sign up for online health insurance exchanges, state Medicaid offices anticipate tens of thousands of people will sign up for Medicaid upon learning of their eligibility for the first time after entering their information into the exchanges' online calculator. Article

And Finally... Unfortunately, the rats can't read. Article