Open heart surgery broadcast via social media; ICD-10 switch worries med practices;

> The open heart surgery of a 16-month old Orlando, Fla., boy was broadcast live via play-by-play photos shared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, ClickOrlando.com reported. The surgery, which took place on Wednesday at Arnold Palmer Hospital, was conducted after doctors discovered a hole in the boy's heart. The hospital also livestreamed a 5-year-old girl's open heart surgery in July. Article

> Medical practices are concerned about the effects of switching over to ICD-10, according to a new survey from medical billing software vendor Nuesoft Technologies. Ninety-six percent of respondents expressed concern about the transition, according to Healthcare IT News, while 73 percent think the switch will significantly impact their practice. Article

> In a recent post at Health 2.0 News, Henry DePhillips, M.D., executive vice president of healthcare solutions for Audax Health, claims that social media and the Internet are key to solving the current healthcare cost and care quality conundrums. "Put simply," he says, "the key to change lies [in] applying the same technologies consumers have welcomed into all other aspects of their lives—social networking, search engines, personalization technologies and game mechanics—to drive what has been largely elusive in healthcare: consumer engagement." Post

And Finally… I need to go here, ASAP. Article

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