New bar code scanner geared toward healthcare environments; U. of Maryland, Health 2.0 announce innovation challenges;

> A new wireless bar code scanner with antimicrobial protection was unveiled by Wasp Barcode Technologies this week, Health Data Management reports. The scanner is able to transmit collected data to a spreadsheet, document or database through a USB connection. Brief

> The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business launched a health IT innovation challenge to its students this week. The goal is to improve patient engagement with providers through technology use. First prize is worth $20,000. Announcement

> Meanwhile, Health 2.0 announced a contest launch of its own this week. Dubbed the Health 2.0 Developers World Cup, teams of developers, innovators and entrepreneurs will build applications and tools to improve healthcare via code-a-thons. First prize is $10,000 and an opportunity to showcase the winning product on the main stage at Health 2.0's fall conference in San Francisco. Announcement

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