Providence VA Medical Center opens simulation center; Radiologist talks about the importance of IT for the future;

> The Providence VA Medical Center this week opened a simulation center that will allow instructors to track their progress in training for invasive procedures, according to an announcement. More than 300 nurses and 300 physicians, surgeons and consulting physicians, as well as 200 medical students and residents will use the simulation center. Announcement

> Randy Hicks, M.D., co-founder, co-owner and CEO of Regional Medical Imaging in Flint, Mich., talks about his organization's use of IT in a recent interview with Healthcare Informatics. Hicks tells the publication that creating a "basic backbone structure" for IT is important for radiologists. "The whole industry is changing, and everything will be run through electronic information systems," he says. "[I]f radiologists are not in play, they're not moving with the flow, they'll be left behind." Interview

> A Bloomberg Government Insider story outlines the recent growth of telemedicine, particularly in Georgia. The nonprofit Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, established in 2005, initially started off by setting up telemedicine systems in 40 hospitals and clinics. Today, according to Bloomberg, more than 185 doctors are providing consultations in 40 different specialties. Paula Guy, CEO of the nonprofit, expects patient-doctor interactions will total 80,000 this year and 160,000 in 2013. Article

And Finally… I think I'll stick with my e-Reader. Article

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