URAC, Leapfrog combine to improve hospital website transparency; Hospital alarm aims to 'shame' smokers;

> Improved hospital website transparency is the goal of a new awards program created through a joint collaboration of accrediting organization URAC and the Leapfrog Group. The Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency Best Practices Awards and Acknowledgement Program launches next month, with applications due by September. Announcement

> A new alarm system that emits a recorded loudspeaker warning to stop breaking the rules attempts to shame smokers who light up outside the a hospital in Scottland, CNET reports. The system is so sensitive, according to the article, that a single smoker lighting up outside the hospital entrance can cause the alarm to go off. Article

> Improved diabetes care is the driving force behind a collaboration between online doctor community Sermo and Boston-based Joslin Diabetes Center. The partnership, among other things, involves Joslin physicians utilizing Sermo's reports and surveys. Announcement

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