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> The Trenton Health Team just got a boost for a new IT effort. The New Jersey state Department of Health awarded the facility $415,000 to better use health IT to manage patients with diabetes and high blood pressure, according to an announcement by Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd. Article

> There have been many media reports on breakthroughs in healthcare big data, but those developments have been largely oversold, according to a new study. However, the study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, said that the promise of data can still be fulfilled. Announcement

> A study on loyalty rewards found that the programs could be used to get patients to enroll in Internet-based preventative health programs. But additional strategies would be necessary to keep people engaged, the study's researchers said. Study

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> Creative thinking and financial competition can help drive innovative change in the U.S. healthcare system, James Hamblin wrote in a piece in The Atlantic. Article

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> Twenty-four states still have yet to expand Medicaid, preventing 5.7 million people from obtaining health insurance coverage in 2016, according to a new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Article

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