Cigna partners with UConn to research healthcare consumer decisions; Humana and pharma company to analyze senior health;

News From Around the Web:

> Cigna has partnered with the University of Connecticut to fund research into consumers' healthcare decisions and train students to model health-related behaviors, with goals to reduce costs, UConn Today reported. Article

> Humana and pharmaceutical company Astellas Scientific are collaborating to research how seniors' health and well-being can be improved, including addressing inefficiencies in the management of oncology, urology and immunology conditions, reported the Chicago Business Journal. Article

Health Provider News:

> Online patient reviews and ratings do affect how patients select their doctors, as 25 percent of parents consider rating websites when choosing a pediatrician. Article

> Hospitals are partnering with large drugstore chains, with their vast databases and patient-outreach resources, to help reduce readmission rates. Article

> The U.S. Supreme Court blocked a merger of two competing hospitals in Georgia--Phoebe Putney Hospital and Palmyra Park Hospital. Article

Health IT News:

> A general lack of standards in interoperability may delay the scaling up of wireless patient monitoring technologies, says a new report from research firm Frost & Sullivan. Article

> A new HIPAA provision requiring providers keep a patient's treatment from his health plan may be the new rule's "trickiest" provision for electronic health record users. Article

And Finally… Have nightmares? Maybe you're eating this food. Article

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