- California: Stanford University School of Medicine has launched a Center for Digital Health, which aims to help the school partner with Silicon Valley companies to improve health care-related technologies. Sumbul Desai, clinical associate professor of medicine, will serve as executive director of the new center. Lloyd Minor, dean of the School of Medicine, said in a statement, "The new Center for Digital Health fits well within the framework of the biomedical revolution in precision health at Stanford by using the most advanced digital technologies and tools to develop care that is tailored to individual patients" (Comstock, MobiHealthNews, 1/17).
- Ohio: Dale Earnhardt Jr., the famed NASCAR driver, auctioned off two cars he designed to support Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. The cars were sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector-Car Auction and fetched $400,000 in total. All of the money from the sale will go directly to the hospital without any commission or fees (Jensen, Fox Sports, 1/22).
- Pennsylvania: Starting today, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) will offer same-day appointments for primary and specialty care. Patients seeking same-day care will need to call the health system between 7-11 a.m. AHN CEO Cynthia Hundorfean said in a release, "Our goal is to provide patients with an exceptional experience across every touchpoint within our network. Offering same-day appointments is a significant milestone, and the first of many to come, in our efforts to exceed the expectations of [patients]" (Gough, Pittsburgh Business Times, 1/19).
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