Nashville-based medical trade center efforts suspended; Doximity hits 100,000 members;

> Market Center Management Company announced this week that efforts to build a 1.5 million square foot national medical trade center in Nashville have officially been suspended. MCMC CEO Bill Winsor cited a "sluggish economy," as well as uncertainty with healthcare policy as primary reasons for halting the project. HIMSS signed on for an anchor spot in 2010 to create a permanent space for its interoperability showcase.  Announcement (.pdf)

> Researchers with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have created a computer simulator that could help hospital emergency departments with operations management tasks, the school announced this week. The simulator, designed to adapt to specific individuals, was able to both analyze the reaction of the emergency unit in different situations and suggest ways to optimize available resources. Announcement

> Online physician professional network Doximity announced this week that it crossed the 100,000-member threshold. According to the company, more than 15 percent of U.S. physicians now use the site to collaborate with their peers. In April, the site confirmed it had reached 50,000 members. Announcement

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