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Lawsuit Shines Light On Doctor-Device Maker Relationship

The Wall Street Journal looks at a lawsuit that is revealing just how doctors -- and thusly consumers -- are influenced by device makers. And Google moves into the emergency room.

The Wall Street Journal: Doctors, Device Makers: Close Ties
A lawsuit involving health-products company Johnson & Johnson offers a glimpse into the close ties between the medical-device industry and doctors who provide or can influence the information consumers hear about medical products (Wang, 3/13). 

The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Report: Hospital Okays Google Glass In The Emergency Department
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has modified Google Glass wearable computers so they can be used to treat patients in its emergency department without running afoul of privacy regulations. Using software from a startup, the hospital ensures no data travels over Google’s servers, says Dr. John Halamka, the hospital’s CIO (Boulton, 3/13).

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