Siemens to sell hospital IT unit; Philips Healthcare CEO steps down;

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> Engineering company Siemens is looking to sell its hospital database and IT unit in order to focus on energy and industrial businesses, according to Bloomberg. However, no final decision has been made. Article

> Philips Healthcare CEO Deborah DiSanzo is stepping down after a disappointing second-quarter. The company also is implementing a new management structure in its healthcare sector to "improve performance." The healthcare business groups will report directly to Philips CEO Frans van Houten. Brief

> In a letter to the European Commission, more than 180 neuroscientists have denounced one of the world's largest brain-mapping projects, MIT Technology Review reported. More than $1 billion in funding for the project was agreed to by the EU last year, but the scientists in the letter say the project is doomed. Article

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> Violence against front-line hospital workers is a growing problem across the country and the globe, specifically against nurses and emergency department workers. The number of violent incidents involving hospital workers jumped 37 percent in the past three years, according to a recent survey by the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety. Article

Health Insurance News

> Thousands of consumers still lack proper health insurance coverage despite signing up for exchange plans during the open enrollment period and paying their premiums. That's due to problems with exchange enrollment systems and the slow, drawn-out response from federal and state officials, according to insurers. Article

And Finally...  Customer service: This pilot gets it. Article