USC engineers develop robot with a sense of touch; EHRs important for long-term care providers;

> Engineers at the University of Southern California have developed a robot with the ability to identify materials by touch, Medgadget reports. The robot has been trained to identify 117 common materials with 95 percent accuracy, according to the article, figures that bode well for the future of advanced prostheses. Article

> Despite the fact that long-term and post-acute care providers don't qualify to receive reimbursement money under the electronic health record incentive program, EHRs still hold importance for those providers as they pertain to quality-centric reimbursement models, Judy Murphy, deputy national coordinator for programs and policy with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), said at a conference in Baltimore last week. According to InformationWeek Healthcare, Murphy said that the goal is for information to follow patients "whenever and wherever they seek care." Article

> Natural language processing tools for electronic health records have the potential to measure performance on colonoscopy quality measures, according to a study appearing in this month's Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Announcement

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