VA hospital being sued for not paying for software; Researchers connect more than 2,000 computers to fight malaria;

> A Tampa, Fla.-based software company is suing the James A. Haley VA Medical Center, also in Tampa, for the latter's refusal to pay for software that improved the performance of pharmacists, leading to fewer errors and faster release times for veterans, the Tampa Bay Times reports. While the hospital has been using the technology daily since 2006, according to the Times, its director told the company in a letter last February that because a purchase order did not exist, the order could not be processed. Article

> Researchers at University College Dublin are using donated personal computers to help find target proteins for new anti-malarial drugs. More than 2,000 computers from 63 countries are being connected to create "supercomputers," which currently allow for roughly 300,000 docking calculations per day. The team eventually wants to reach about 1 million docking calculations daily. Announcement

> The Chinese government recently announced that it plans to spend the U.S. equivalent of $63 billion to enhance its healthcare system, China.org.cn reports. Among seven projects outlined, two pertain to health information technology: the building of a digital public health information network and an enhancement of medical device innovation. Article

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