Why ACOs are more than docs 'stitched together' with IT; GE to offer free access to its Global Patient Safety Network;

> In a recent ACO Watch blog post, Gregg Masters disputes the notion that accountable care is more than just "stitching" physician practices together using IT. "This assumption grossly distorts the underlying DNA or nature of the provider marketplace in 80-plus percent of U.S. communities," Masters writes. Post

> During a 90-day evaluation period between April and June, GE Healthcare is offering free access to its Global Patient Safety Network, Health Data Management reports. The network will allow providers--nationwide and even globally--to connect and collaborate with each other. Article

> Hospital imaging suites can look nicer--and improve patient satisfaction--thanks to a collaborative effort between GE Healthcare and Hartland, Wisc.-based design firm PDC that allows patients to customize the look and feel of the room using an iPad, Medgadget reports. Dubbed "The Caring MR Suite," patients will be able to set up a personalized theme for the room upon entering, complete with serene scenes and relaxing music. Post

And Finally... Sounds like she needs to enlist the help of Mothra. Article


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