Startup recieves grants to develop device to treat phantom pain; Data collection requires platform investment;

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> The National Institutes of Health is providing a $1.45 million grant to Cleveland startup SPR Therapeutics to develop an implantable device for treating phantom pain among amputees. The company is also receiving $2.8 million from the Department of Defense to fund safety trials, according to MedCity News. Article

> The increasing ability to collect health data and sophisticated mHealth communications capability will drive a necessary transformation in mHealth, Joshua Newman, CMO of Salesforce, writes in a column at HealthData Management. But first, providers must invest in mobile, social, cloud and data science platforms. Column

Health IT News

> Duplicate medication alerts isn't as beneficial as some may think in modifications with prescriptions, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Drug therapy alerts issued through clinical decision support systems may lead to alert fatigue and greater specificity of alerts is needed. Article

Healthcare News

> A hybrid approach, featuring a "high-intensity" team involving a nurse practitioner and social worker in post-discharge care management may be the best route in the quest to reduce hospital readmissions, reports Hospitals & Health Networks Daily. Article

> Creative expression, and access to art, music and even sculpture may benefit care management efforts and speed up the healing process in the hospital setting. Article

Payer News

> An industry coalition including Aetna, AARP, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, Novo Nordisk and the National Consumers League is spearheading a new venture to improve price transparency. The Clear Choices campaign is focused on helping consumers attain affordable health care and boosting transparency to drive choice and competition. Article

And Finally… Fish scales may spur better body armor. Article