Researchers building avatar decision support technology; Hospitals a unique source for online health info;

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> Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland are building avatar-based clinical decision support technology for caregivers using a $460,000 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research, the school announced this week. "We are taking advantage of serious gaming technology to create an interactive learning experience that is customizable to the caregiver's decisional needs and prior decision-making experience," Ronald Hickman, a professor at Case Western's School of Nursing, explained. Announcement

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> With 72 percent of Internet users reporting going online in the past year to find health information, hospitals have a unique opportunity to be the source of that information. More than three out of four people searching online for health information started with a search engine such as Google, Bing or Yahoo!, while 13 percent went to a specialized site such as WebMD, according to research from Pew Internet: Health. Article

> North Carolina hospitals reduced readmissions by 20 percent among the sickest and poorest patients in the state, thanks to a transitional care program that required intensive follow-ups with Medicaid patients, according to research published in the August edition of Health Affairs. Article

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> New York is moving forward with a dramatic change in the way its Medicaid program funds housing for thousands of its enrollees. The state will move approximately 5,000 Medicaid enrollees currently housed in homeless shelters, group homes and nursing homes into apartments instead as part of a pilot project. Article

And Finally... Sounds like a ton of work. Article

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