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July 23. 2013 9:32PM

5 NH hospitals on ‘Most Wired’ list

CONCORD — Five hospitals from New Hampshire were named to the 2013 “Most Wired” list compiled by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine on behalf of the American Hospital Association.

The five hospitals include Concord Hospital, Elliot Health System in Manchester and Exeter Health Resources, with Littleton Regional Healthcare and New London Hospital being recognized among hospitals in the “small and rural” category.

“This year’s ‘Most Wired’ organizations exemplify progress through innovation” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, in a news release. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency.”

This is the 15th year the magazine has conducted its “Most Wired” survey. In its current issue, reporter Matthew Weinstock noted that “Hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.”

Texan accused in Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

WASHINGTON — U.S. securities regulators on Tuesday charged a Texas man with running a Ponzi scheme by offering Bitcoin virtual currency investments over the Internet and pocketing some of the proceeds for personal expenses.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Trendon Shavers, the founder of Bitcoin Savings and Trust, falsely promised investors up to 7 percent in weekly interest, but instead used much of the funds from new investors to cover withdrawals by other investors.

Separately, the SEC also warned investors against the dangers of potential scams involving virtual currencies like Bitcoin.


Starbucks, Danone to sell yogurt in 2014

Starbucks Corp. and Danone SA said on Tuesday they agreed to sell a co-branded yogurt through Starbucks cafes and in grocery stores as yogurt makers battle for dominance in the $7 billion U.S. market.

The partnership comes as Starbucks pushes into the “health and wellness” category and as Danone, owner of the Dannon brand, and other yogurt makers seek to conquer the U.S. market, where yogurt consumption lags Europe.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The first product will be ready-to-eat Greek yogurt parfaits, to be sold in U.S. Starbucks stores in spring 2014. Distribution to food retailers is planned for 2015, with global expansion to follow, the companies said.


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