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February 9, 2017

Around the nation: Break a sweat at the Met

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    The Met's "Museum Workout" is a combination of performance, exercise, and an art tour, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Maryland, and New York.

    • California: Bayer is bringing Grants4Apps—an accelerator program for tech startups—to San Francisco, Dirk Schapeler, head of Bayer's Lifescience iHub, said on Tuesday. Bayer's Lifescience iHub, based in Mountain View, California, seeks to integrate digital technology into all of Bayer's businesses by partnering with tech companies. According to Schapeler, so far, Grants4Apps has received over 1,050 startup applications. Fourteen startups have participated in the accelerator program, and 11 are still in business (Parmar, MedCity News, 2/7).
    • Maryland: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a nearly $4 million contract to the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to improve hospitals' enhanced recovery after surgery protocols. According to Johns Hopkins, the contract includes the possibility of increasing to $12 million over three years, totaling around $16 million overall. The project, which Johns Hopkins is working on in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons, will first focus on abdominal operations in colorectal surgery, with the aim to eventually expand into bariatric, emergency general surgery, and other surgical realms (Jones Sanborn, Healthcare Finance, 2/7).

    • New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has partnered with Monica Bill Barnes & Company, a dance company, to offer a "Museum Workout," a combination performance-workout-art tour. Monica Bill Barnes, one of the workout leaders, said, "We were approached by the Metropolitan Museum to make a dance. We counteroffered, and asked to make a led tour that's a workout." It took two years to get the Met to go along with the proposal—but the first four weeks of the workouts have already sold out (Rameswaram, "Shots," NPR, 2/8). 

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