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Health Management Technology News
  June 17, 2014
In this issue:
 New Stanford Medicine website launched

 Progress made on a 'bionic pancreas' for diabetics

 Despite recent problems, support for the Massachusetts health insurance law remains high

 Drchrono's Google Glass healthcare app helps doctors assist patients

 Wal-Mart to become healthcare provider

 7 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

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New Stanford Medicine website launched

Stanford Medicine now has a revitalized digital front door, thanks to an engaging new website that launched this week. The site represents a major milestone in the collaboration among the School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Stanford Children’s Health to create a vibrant online experience across their shared missions.

In addition to a new homepage and marquee pages for Stanford Medicine’s health care, research and education activities, the site features a news center portal, an interactive timeline of clinical and research breakthroughs and a new site that describes the vision and scope of the School of Medicine. Visit the new site at

As a first point of contact for thousands of people around the world every day, the new site plays a key role in building the Stanford Medicine brand and connecting people to the services and resources they seek, said Mark Trenchard, director of web services for the Office of Information Resources & Technology. The site serves a wide range of audiences including patients, prospective students, researchers, the general public and the internal school community.

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Progress made on a 'bionic pancreas' for diabetics

Scientists have made big progress on a "bionic pancreas" to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday.

The device improved blood-sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps did when tested for five days on 20 adults and 32 teens. Unlike other artificial pancreases in development that just correct high blood sugar, this one also can fix too-low sugar, mimicking what a natural pancreas does.

The device was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University. Results were featured Sunday at an American Diabetes Association conference in San Francisco and were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.

"I'm very excited about it," said Dr. Betul Hatipoglu, an endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic who had no role in the work. Many patients have been frustrated waiting for a cure, so "this is really a great new horizon for them," she said.

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Despite recent problems, support for the Massachusetts health insurance law remains high

A new poll by The Boston Globe and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds, eight years into the state’s universal health insurance legislation enacted in 2006, 63% of Massachusetts residents support the law and 18% oppose it, while 7% are not sure, and 12% have not heard or read about the law. The percentage of residents supporting the law remains unchanged since a 2011 Boston Globe/HSPH poll. Support for the law varies by party affiliation, with 77% of Democrats, 60% of Independents, and 49% of Republicans saying they support the legislation. The poll was conducted May 27-June 2, 2014.

The poll also asked Massachusetts residents about their support for the national health care legislation passed in 2010 by President Obama and Congress, which remains controversial nationwide. In contrast to U.S. adults as a whole, a majority (57%) of Massachusetts residents approve of the national legislation, while only a third (34%) disapprove. In comparison, a recent Pew Research Center/USA Today poll found that 41% of U.S. adults approve of the national law and 55% disapprove, indicating that Massachusetts residents are considerably more favorable than Americans as a whole toward the national legislation.

“Despite news reports of rollout problems, at both the state and national levels, the Massachusetts public still supports the state law and the national Affordable Care Act,” said Robert Blendon, Sc.D., Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard School of Public Health.

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Drchrono's Google Glass healthcare app helps doctors assist patients

Drchrono's new medical record storage app caters to doctors' latest needs, The Daily Digest reported.

According to Reuters, the tech company created the new healthcare app to give medical professionals somewhere convenient to keep and view their patient’s health information. Staff can also record a appointment or procedure, if the patient allows it. Doctors can also retain notes, videos, and photos from patient's visits. These are virtually kept in a cloud program. Clients can ask doctors to see the content.

Drchono states it is the first "wearable health record," Reuters reported.

The company's co-founder also told Reuters that engineers are figuring out other ways consumers want to use the app.

"Google is still in the early-stages of determining the most viable use-cases for Google Glass," Daniel Kivatinos said. "But some doctors are demanding Glass, so Google is providing resources and support to developers."

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Wal-Mart to become healthcare provider

Wal-Mart has leased space in stores to medical clinics since 2005, but outside health systems and providers have owned and operated the acute-care centers in about 100 locations.

On June 27, Wal-Mart stores in Benbrook and Carrollton will get the second and third company-owned clinics, according to the big retailer. The first opened in April in Copperas Cove, just west of Killeen, and the company expects to open a dozen of the pilot clinics this year.

According to Wal-Mart, the clinics will focus on primary care, including preventive services such as vaccines and management of chronic conditions, at affordable prices — $40 for consumers, or $4 for Wal-Mart associates with company medical benefits. They won’t take private insurance or Medicaid, but will accept patients on traditional Medicare.

The clinics will be staffed with nurse practitioners, who are registered nurses with additional training qualified to treat patients under the supervision of a licensed physician. QuadMed, which has operated clinics at worksites since 1991, will manage clinic operations and personnel, Wal-Mart said.

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7 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

The following hospital mergers, acquisitions and general transactions took place within the past week, beginning with the most recent.

1. Eskenazi Health, Community Health Network Scrap Partnership Plans
Community Health Network and Eskenazi Health, both based in Indianapolis, decided not to work toward a partnership.

2. Parrish Medical Center Becomes Part of Mayo Clinic Care Network
Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla., became the 29th member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

3. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Announces Affiliation
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and Ohio Valley Health Services and Education — the parent company of Wheeling, W.Va.-based Ohio Valley Medical Center and Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio — are affiliating to help improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services in the Ohio Valley region.

4. Medina Memorial Hospital Signs Affiliation Agreement With Catholic Health
Medina (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital, part of Orleans Community Health, signed an affiliation agreement with Catholic Health in Buffalo, N.Y.

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