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>  A telemedicine study discussed in Medscape Medical News finds live and remote doctors were in agreement 90 percent of the time for the follow-up evaluation of patients with age-related macular degeneration. The research was conducted by physicians in Spain and presented at the EURATINA Congress in Hamburg, Germany last month. Article

> Proton-beam accelerators, electronic health records, robotic surgical instruments and PET/CT scanners topped the list for the most expensive HIT technologies published recently in MIT Technology Review. Infographic

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> Allegations of diagnostic errors, such as rushing through an exam, not making a referral to an appropriate specialist or failure to follow up on abnormal test results, are the most common reason for malpractice suits against primary care physicians in Massachusetts, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article

> Amid the continuing government shutdown and technical problems with the exchange website, President Barack Obama urged Americans not to give up on healthcare reform in an interview with the Associated Press. Obama said the glitches are a postive sign, the result of much greater interest than anticipated. Article

And Finally… Congress doesn't have clean towels? Oh, the humanity! Article

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