Patient Engagement

Weekend Rounds: #HCSM comes to med schools, teleconferencing cuts hospital readmissions

A roundup of medical news reported this week by MedCity News (and others).

A bite-sized review of life science current events you need to know about this week.

A $50,000 grant will let four medical schools, including Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, study how aspiring physicians use social media and what ethical issues it creates with patients. As part of the grant, medical students and faculty will learn how to use social media “appropriately and effectively.”

An Indianapolis hospital used video conferencing to reduce its readmission rate for heart patients to 3 percent. Patients met with a nurse via a video conferencing device up to six times in the 30 days after they left the hospital.

A new med tech accelerator is launching in Minnesota with a focus on class 2 medical devices, especially in orthopedics and urology.

San Francisco startup Dabo Health is partnering with Mayo Clinic to pilot its data tool aimed a driving down readmission rates and mortality rates in three health conditions: heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.

Longitude Venture Partners, a VC firm that invests in medical device, biotechnology, diagnostics and R&D tools, has raised more than $331 million for a second fund and could continue raising up to $375 million.

We didn’t write these, but you should read them anyway.

Who can buy drugs during a sour economy? Apparently, people who cut other expenses. (Pharmalot)

Doctors in England are saying that UK hospitals are on the verge of collapse. (BBC News)

An inexperienced team, bad marketing and eight other reasons why first-time entrepreneurs fail. (Young Entrepreneur)

How are pharmas surviving Pharmageddon? Not by buying advertising. (AdAge)

Assembling the mHealth evidence puzzle. (iMedicalApps)

Tweets we liked this week.