Surgeons tout Twitter use at hospitals to enhance training; Cerner to acquire doc scheduling software firm;

> Although some hospitals are limiting social media use among their physicians in fear of possible legal repercussions, the University of Buffalo is encouraging its surgeons to tweet, reports FierceHealthcare. According to an article in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, surgeons should embrace social media to accelerate and enhance the flow of information for medical training, wrote the authors, two surgeons and avid tweeters from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. FierceHealthcare

>  Durham, N.C. physician scheduling software company Clairvia will be acquired by Cerner later this month, HealthLeaders Media reports. At present, more than 400 provider organizations use Clairvia. Article

> University of California-Davis researchers have uncovered yet another medical use for the iPhone. By taping a $40 ball lens serving a low-powered magnifying glass onto the camera of the device, the iPhone can identify features 1.5 microns in size, allowing for the examination of blood cells, iHealthBeat reports. Article

> Using a $3 million loan from the USDA's Rural Development division--in addition to a $2.2 million bank loan--the Great Plains Health Alliance will purchase health record equipment and other software for 22 hospitals throughout Kansas and Nebraska, the Salina Journal reports. Article

And Finally... I can see it now: "Boardwalk Empire: Ketchup Edition." Article

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