UnitedHealth Group forced to pay $200M for flawed database; FDA says monitoring of employee emails related to possible leak;

> Last week, UnitedHealth Group was ordered by a federal judge to pay $200 million in settlement claims to physicians who allegedly were underpaid for out-of-network services due to a flawed database, iHealthBeat reports. Article

> Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder told InformationWeek Healthcare in an interview last week that IT use was a big factor for facilities on its latest list of top hospitals. Article

> A web-based tool suite that helps first responders to coordinate resources during disasters was introduced last week at a panel at the University of Connecticut, News-Medical.net reported. The tool--The Resiliency Assessment and Coordination System (TRACS)--uses data from the United Nations' ReliefWeb and Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, displaying that information on a map-based diagram. Article

> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said its monitoring of employees' personal emails was part of an investigation into an alleged confidential leak, according to an article in the Washington Post. Article

And Finally... Mobile phone helps to deliver a baby ... sort of. Article


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