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“Hospitals must be the leaders and incubators of health care innovation in this era of fundamental change,” Three of the nation’s leading hospital companies and two major hospital systems – together representing more than 400 hospitals throughout the United States – have invested in the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund L.P., a strategic venture fund focused on investments in businesses that improve the delivery of health care services.  Affiliates of Community Health Systems, Iowa Health System, LifePoint Hospitals, Trinity Health, Novi, MI, and Vanguard Health Systems are each limited partners in the fund.

Dr. John D. Halamka:  Emerging Health IT Trends to Watch.

mHealth: McKesson Foundation awards $1.3 million in 6 "Mobilizing for Health Research" grants.

Looking for growth in orthopedic procedures?  Try Brazil.

Federal spending: cuts put health care stocks at risk.  Research from Barclays Capital highlights 127 companies each getting more than 25% of annual revenues from government sources.  BOHICA.

iPhones in health care: Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital spins-off VitalHub Corp., secures financing from MaRS Innovation and develops electronic health applications for mobile devices.

Fast Company: IDEO's next global challenge: mobile technology to improve maternal care in low-income countries.

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