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In The News: Future of hospitals: Revamping to Meet Patient Needs

As technology expands, its use in hospitals increases dramatically. In the future, the use of technology will allow hospitals to center their facilities around patient needs instead of the needs of doctors and nurses.

Instead of simply going to the closest hospital, an increasing amount of patients search online to find the best possible care. This has inspired hospitals to rebrand their facilities in order to attract patients.

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In the News: Electronics no substitute for conversation at family meals

Cutting down on media time at family meals may provide a leg up on child health, according to new research from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

University of Minnesota researchers found families who allowed frequent device use at the dinner table served less healthful meals and reported lower levels of family communication. Families who established rules limiting electronics use were more likely to report just the opposite: better communication and more nutritious meals.

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U of M health care startup honored by the U.S. Science Coalition

A University of Minnesota health care startup originally supported by federal funding has been highlighted in a new report by The Science Coalition as a premier example of how federally-funded research can bring transformational innovations to market, creating new jobs and contributing to economic growth.

In their latest report, “Sparking Economic Growth 2.0: Companies Created from Federally Funded Research, Fueling American Innovation and Economic Growth,” the Science Coalition honored University of Minnesota licensee Steady State Imaging, LLC – purchased by GE Healthcare in 2011 – as one of 100 national companies that can trace their roots to federally funded university research.

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U of M Views: the University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center

In the #UMN Medical Devices Center, workstations might look cluttered, but each piece is critical and helps lead to medical & engineering discoveries.

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School of Nursing opens new simulation center

Yesterday, the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing celebrated the opening of a new, state-of-the art education center for nursing and other health professional students.

The Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center will provide students with new opportunities to engage in complex simulated health scenarios in interprofessional teams, use sophisticated telehealth technology and learn emerging health records technology.

The center is named to honor the lead gift made by the Bentson Foundation, which contributed $3.7 million to the $7.8 million dollar project. A $1 million gift from the United Health Foundation and other generous donations enabled rapid construction, which began in May 2012.

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Health Talk Recommends: Cerner, McKesson lead alliance to let doctors share data

There’s been no bigger trend in health care over the past decade than the advancement of electronic medical records (EMRs) within clinics, hospitals and health care systems across the United States.

Now, some leading providers of EMR systems have partnered to establish a nonprofit alliance aimed at developing new and better ways to share data between systems that some critics have argued don’t share data in optimal ways.

According to Bloomberg’s Alex Nussbaum, the partnership known as the CommonWell Health Alliance will initially include Cerner Corp., McKesson Corp., Athenahealth Inc., Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., and Greenway Medical Technologies.  The group believes their partnership will help push innovation while helping the companies develop products that enhance – not detract from – physician coordination and patient care.

The largest EMR vendor in the country, Epic, is not currently included although the partnership said they’re committed to working with all vendors.

Head over to Bloomberg to read more, and click here to visit the CommonWell Health Alliance web page to read about their core aims of the partnership.

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