Stanford University offering free mHealth course; UnitedHealthcare gives nonmembers access to mobile app;

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> Stanford University physicians are once again offering the online course, Mobile Health Without Borders, for free to the public, according to iMedicalApps. The course covers global health challenges, mobile health opportunities and entrepreneurship in healthcare. Lectures are delivered from a variety of speakers, including the National Institutes of Health's Wendy Nilsen Ph.D., Harvard University's Paul Farmer, M.D., and healthcare futurist Berci Meskó, M.D., Ph.D. Article

> The Health4Me app, developed by UnitedHealthcare, is available free to all consumers and patients, including nonmembers, and provides healthcare information including market average prices for more than 520 medical services, Health Data Management reports. Article

Health IT News

> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT isn't the lone federal agency accused by Congress of not knowing its limitations when it comes regulatory authority and health IT. Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are launching similar charges at the Federal Trade Commission. Article

> Physicians are tracking how telemedicine is playing into patient care, with some a bit more reticent that others. While some see a bigger role for such mHealth technology the traditional face-to-face patient interaction remains the prime focus. Article

Health Insurance News

> Insurance companies aren't catching up fast when it comes to data management as few are leveraging data as a strategic asset aligned with business goals. The first critical step is a strategy that has corporate leadership support. Article

EMR News

> The University of Buffalo is working to limit patient readmissions to hospitals and ERs via use of dashboard technology. The project will connect primary care physician's offices, their patients and families to ensure patients receive follow-up care after being released from the hospital. Article

And Finally... You'll never guess what saves 850 lives each year. Article