New York radiology school shuts down; New colonoscopy technique should make it easier to deter precancerous lesions;

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> Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, N.Y.,  has closed its radiology school and instead will partner with Southern Vermont College to train future radiologists, the Glens Falls Post-Star has reported. According to Ed Hanchett, Glens Falls Hospital's vice president of clinical services, the 62-year-old radiology education program was discontinued because the hospital could no longer afford to subsidize the program. Another factor, according to Karen Gross, president of Southern Vermont College, is that the hospital provided a two-year certificate program when "radiologists of the future need a four-year, not a two-year program." Article

> Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new endoscopic technology that can make it easier for physicians to detect precancerous lesions during colonoscopies. The new technique, photometric stereo endoscopy, involves capturing topographical images along with two-dimensional images of the colon. These kinds of images will make it easier for physicians to see precancerous growths, particular flatter lesions that traditional endoscopy might miss, Nicholas Durr, a research fellow in the Madrid-MIT M+Vision Consortium, said, according to MIT News. Article

> The use of chest X-rays by emergency departments on children with moderate to severe asthma increased significantly between 1995 and 2009, according to research published in the August issue of Pediatrics, HealthImaging reported. However, pediatric EDs avoided that trend, which suggests that emergency departments should look at adopting evidence-based imaging guidelines used at these pediatric-focused EDs. Article

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> The former chief financial officer for a Georgia hospital has turned whistleblower, filing a lawsuit claiming Health Management Associates (HMA) and its subsidiaries--including Tenet Healthcare and Clinica de la Mama (Clinica)--bilked the Medicaid program out of millions of dollars. Article

Health IT News

> Remote patient telemonitoring is the biggest driver of the global telemedicine market, according to a new report from Research and Markets. The analysis predicts that the global telemedicine market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 18.9 percent from 2012 to 2016, primarily due to an increase remote patient telemonitoring and strategic partnerships among vendors. An announcement from Research and Markets points out that a lack of common standards could challenge the market's growth. Article

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