Medicare Hearings and Appeals goes digital; Registration open for Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize;

News From Around the Web

> Records-keeping is becoming increasingly digital, with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals switching from paper records to digital. A good move, considering the office dealt with 375,000 appeals and claims from 2011-2012 alone. Article

> Registration is open for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, 3.5-year global competition to "stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, intended to make reliable health diagnoses available directly to consumers anytime, anywhere;" 255 teams from 34 countries have already registered. Article

> GE Healthcare's $6 billion healthcare initative, Healthyimagination, with partner with New-York based Startup Health for a 3-year program, the company announced. Article

> North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) is leading the state as the first hospital to launch SHARE (State Health Alliance for Records Exchange), a statewide health information exchange that extends secure, real-time access to electronic patient health information to various health care providers throughout Arkansas. Article

Healthcare Management News

> January brings with it new year's resolutions, but Kent Bottles, senior fellow at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health in Philadelphia, cautions that setting goals can backfire. Article

> With new delivery models promoting collaboration across the healthcare continuum, the question remains: Who should lead teamwork between providers and nonclinicans? Article

Healthcare Finance News

> Healthcare company stocks enjoyed mild gains in the wake of the recent fiscal cliff settlement, reports the Associated Press. Article

> Healthcare spending in the United States in 2011 grew at a modest rate for the third year in a row, marking the slowest prolonged growth rate in half a century. Article

And Finally... Beaches and tranquility typically make up a good vacation, but how about some science instead? Article


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