New York children's hospital gets nearly $1M for telehealth program; New microscope images living things at high speeds;

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> A grant of almost $1 million has been awarded to St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children in New York City to create a remote patient monitoring system. The pilot program, for children with medical complexity, would be geared toward 500 patients who are at most risk for admission or readmission. The grant is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and awarded by the New York State Department of Health. Announcement

> A new microscope, developed by Elizabeth Hillman, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering and of radiology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), has the ability to image living things in 3-D and at high speeds. The microscope could pave a new path for biomedical and neuroscience research, Hillman tells The tool allows for imaging of living things such as neurons in the rodent brain and single cells in the zebrafish heart while the heart is actually beating, she says. Article

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> Hospitals looking to attract new customers and remain competitive must "stay ahead of the curve," by tailoring their messages to be short, positive and creative, according to a recent whitepaper from New-York-based firm Smith & Jones that forecasts hospital marketing trends for 2015. Article

> Though a new year has begun, the scandal that rocked the Department of Veterans Affairs through much of 2014 has yet to fade from the headlines. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced Tuesday that since last April, it has offered relief to a total of 25 whistleblowers who faced retaliation for exposing wrongdoing at VA facilities. Article

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> If insurers implemented a new pay-for-performance approach, they could help motivate more doctors caring for disadvantaged patients to sign up for the payment model, according to a study conducted by RAND and published in the journal Health Affairs. Article

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