Partners, Health Catalyst team on population health; Jefferson Health extends telemedicine services during Pope's visit;

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> With population health in mind, Partners HealthCare and Health Catalyst are teaming up to improve healthcare quality and lower costs while meeting patient and provider needs. Through a $30 million initiative the two organizations will test population health management strategies and educate other providers. Announcement

> In anticipation of Pope Francis' arrival in Philadelphia, Jefferson University Hospital is expanding the reach of its telehealth program, JeffConnect, during a time when the city will see an influx in visitors and six of the major hospitals will be shut off to traffic, according to Becker's Health IT and CIO Review. While the service was launched in June for hospital employees, anyone in Philadelphia can use it while the Pope is in town. Article

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> A year after the West African Ebola outbreak, and with fears that a similar disaster could hit the United States, many nurses feel unprepared for future epidemics. Article

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> The use of prescription drugs among Medicaid enrollees often is associated with decreases in other Medicaid costs, mostly in inpatient spending and outpatient spending, according to a recent study. Article

And Finally... Kids grow up so fast. Article