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Like Walking and Chewing Gum

A longitudinal study conducted by the Rand Corporation on electronic health record adoption and hospital quality shows mixed results, as The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog notes. "On the one hand, the increased improvement in heart failure quality scores over time associated with maintenance of a basic EHR is encouraging. On the other hand, the smaller quality gains associated with new adoption or upgrade to an advanced EHR are somewhat counterintuitive," the Rand researchers write in The American Journal of Managed Care. First author Spencer Jones tells the Health Blog that complex electronic medical records can be difficult to put in place and to use. Jones also adds that it is "tough to do two things at once," meaning adopt these new systems and increase hospital quality.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.