Mostashari: No 'hard cap' on incentive payments; App allows public officials to track community health concerns via Twitter;

> There will be no "hard cap" on how much money the government will pay out in incentives for providers who meet Meaningful Use by implementing electronic health records, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari said during the keynote at the Annual Policy Summit for HIMSS this week, Healthcare IT News reports. Mostashari added that government estimates that it will pay roughly $20 billion in incentives before 2015, when the program shifts into a penalty phase. Article

> A new infographic created by London-based technology forecasting studio Envisioning Technology predicts where health technology is headed over the next 30 years, Fast Company reports. According to the graphic, by 2030, we should expect to see artificial intelligence therapists, and doctors should have robotic healthcare assistants. Post

MappyHealth, a new web-based application and the winner in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' recent challenge, "Now Trending: #Health in My Community," allows local public health officials to track community health concerns in real time via Twitter, HHS announced this week. The app will be available to state, territorial, tribal and local health agencies in the coming weeks, according to HHS. Announcement

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