UT Southwestern Medical Center launches telestroke program; CarePoint launches online patient portal;

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> The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has launched a telemedicine program that will "extend immediate access to UT Southwestern's stroke care center during crucial time periods," Healthcare Informatics reports. Article

> CarePoint Health announced this week that it has launched MyCarePointHealth.org, a "comprehensive online patient portal designed to provide 24/7 access to important health information and valuable tools for patients and families." MyCarePointHealth.org provides an online gateway to medical care from CarePoint Health's three hospitals: Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center. Announcement

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> Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a pioneer in providing patients with access to their electronic health record data, has decided to take its policy on transparency a step further by allowing patients to access mental health notes. Article

Health Insurance News

> Some insurers still expect to see Medicare Advantage rates drop next year, even though the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reversed course on proposed rate cuts earlier this week. Article

And Finally... I don't think this is what the #CancelColbert campaign had in mind. Article

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