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From the Cleveland Clinic shakeup to Mount Sinai’s approach to apps: 5 must-read stories from MedCity News this week

Check out MedHeads from Thursday this week and other top stories from the week ranging from the reason Cleveland Clinic parted with its executive director to who the White House named

Big news from this week’s MedHeads! Health Technology Reporter Neil Versel and Life Sciences Reporter Meghana Keshavan joined host Chris Seper to talk about the 21st Century Cures bill passed by The House of Representatives, Theranos’ deal with Capital Blue Cross and Boston Children’s Hospital’s new Chief Innovation Officer.

Watch the broadcast above, but also take a look at the five important topics we reviewed this week.

1. Cleveland Clinic Innovations Director Gary Fingerhut ousted

Cleveland Clinic Innovations has parted with its executive director — a move triggered by an investigation from a “government agency” over financial transactions by one of the health system’s spinoff companies.

Gary Fingerhut was executive director of Cleveland Clinic’s powerful tech transfer arm for two years. This shakeup will be felt well beyond that health system, as Innovations also served as the commercialization partner for other healthcare organizations, such as Maryland’s MedStar Health.

2. Cerner wins DoD pathology lab contract; EHR bids still pending

It’s not the coveted $11 billion DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization contract, but health IT giant Cerner has won a Department of Defense solicitation to replace the Military Health System‘s anatomic pathology laboratory information system.

3. Cleveland to host its first healthcare hackathon

Hackathons have become commonplace at major healthcare institutions of late, and the Cleveland Clinic has hosted an annual innovation summit for 13 years, but the city of Cleveland has never hosted a healthcare hackathon. That will change this fall, as the Clinic will join with other area health systems to convene the first Cleveland Medical Hackathon.

4. NYC’s Mount Sinai has multi-layered approach to health apps

Mount Sinai Health System in New York City is in the process of recruiting 300 patients with inflammatory bowel disease for a randomized clinical trial of HealthPromise, a homegrown app that collects patient-reported data in the context of disease status and aggregates this information with patient records.

5. White House honors 9 as precision medicine “Champions of Change”

The White House has honored nine Americans for being “Champions of Change” in precision medicine.

The Champions of Change designation spans a range of issues — from foster care to climate education to those leading local efforts in pushing forward the Affordable Care Act.