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Iowa News

Remarkable robot speeds stroke treatment in Clinton
Robots used to be the subject of science fiction novels and vintage movies. Now, real-life medicine is tapping into this technology to treat stroke patients. It’s taking place between Mercy Medical Center in Clinton and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. (WQAD – Quad Cities)

Branstad working on ‘Obamacare’ alternative
Gov. Terry Branstad said Tuesday that he has been working with leaders from the insurance and hospital industries to form an Iowa alternative to President Obama’s health-reform plan. (Des Moines Register)

Mental health funding changes force county cuts in Iowa
Changes to Iowa’s mental health system have left counties short of money and forced some to drop mentally disabled people from programs. (Des Moines Register)

Who uses private health insurance?
The UnitedHealthcare announcement should have an effect on health providers, including Genesis Health System and Trinity Regional Health System in the Quad-City region. (Quad-Citiy Times)

Phone app, website give diabetics information
Internet research had been one of the primary methods Angela Loy used to research her diabetes. But she found it difficult to find accurate data and shared her frustration with her physician, Dr. Anuj Bhargava, director of the Iowa Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center at Mercy Medical Center. (Des Moines Register)

New Technology Helps Connect University of Iowa Doctors to Stroke Victims
A new project and new technology are connecting the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to stroke victims in smaller, more rural parts of Eastern Iowa.  (KGAN- Iowa City)

National News

Demographics, not practice setting, predict doctor tech use
To find which physicians are most active on social media and other places online, one study says don’t look at the doctor’s specialty or practice setting. (amednews.com)

Medicare  Drug Discounts At Risk If Court Strikes Health Law
Billions of dollars in drug savings for Medicare beneficiaries may come to an end if the Supreme Court overturns the 2010 federal health law, a drug industry spokesman said Tuesday. (Kaiser Health News)

6 Ways to Get Physicians on Board with Decision Support
The successful adoption of clinical decision support at Penn Medicine in  Philadelphia came after years of work that included physicians and other  clinicians in the development process, says Michael Restuccia, vice president  and CIO. (HealthLeaders Media)

Catholic Health Initiatives to build enterprise HIE
Catholic Health Initiatives is partnering with Orion Health to build an enterprise-wide HIE that will enable  physicians and clinicians to access patient records across its 100  facilities in 19 states. Once connected, CHI plans to link to statewide HIEs in states where its 76 hospitals are located. (Healthcare IT News)

Steep Rise in Health Costs Projected
Economists have been puzzling over whether a three-year slowdown in the growth of health-care spending, prompted by the economy, portends a permanent change.  Federal projections indicate that isn’t the case. (Wall Street Journal)

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