Examining the FDA's role in mHealth; Consumers will share data but expect privacy;

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> A diabetes educator writing for MedCity News believes the role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the evolution of mobile medical applications and devices is critical to ensuring such tools offer best practices for improved management of chronic conditions. Column

> A hybrid phone-Web monitoring program is boosting self-management for congestive heart failure patients, helping them to feel more connected to their healthcare team members and more confident in discussions with physicians regarding health decisions, according to new research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Article

Provider News

> In order to attain success in a value-based world, today's hospitals and health systems must boost performance management strategies, according to a Gallup analysis, which defines performance management as a "continuous process that includes goal setting, real-time feedback and coaching, appraisal, employee development, and rewards and recognition." Article

Health IT News

> Health consumers want to know their data will be used for helpful purposes, yet seek assurances of privacy and protection against breaches, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Article

> Tapping health IT can drive quality improvement at even the smallest primary care practice, claims a new paper from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which highlights the efforts of two primary care practices and a health information network working with safety net clinics and small practices. Article

Health Insurance News   

> Insurance companies are not providing what's required when it comes to mental health and substance abuse coverage, according to research from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and reasons range from not enough mental health providers and a lack of information about mental health coverage. Article

And Finally... Tarantulas not too keen on warm weather. Article