Next-gen gene sequencing a 'radical' approach; Dell, Texas A&M create health tech academy;

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> There's no shortage of health data, and it's growing at a rapid clip, but it's a challenge to make the information useful, readable and relevant to the physicians and patients who need it most, according to CIO. Article

> Next-generation gene sequencing, "a radical way to diagnose infectious diseases," uses blood or spinal fluid from an infected person and searches through its DNA, looking for sequences that came from a virus, bacterium, fungus or parasite, according to a post on NPR's Shots blog. University of California, San Francisco scientists reported their first results from the technique this week. Post

> Dell and Texas A&M Health Science Center have created a health technology academy to "provide customized information technology education to the ever-evolving health professions workforce." The academy aims to advance healthcare discovery and business innovation by teaching providers about the value of IT through technology-driven continuing medical education and training for clinicians and new curriculum for health industry and medical students. Announcement

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> Some hospitals charge rape victims for their forensic examinations and treatment, unsure of how to obtain reimbursements for such services. Article

> Hospitals are pushing back against audits by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General, claiming they're redundant and burdensome versions of the lookbacks by recovery audit contractors already underway. Article

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