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AHRQ Announces Health IT Research Funding Opportunities

Sara Heath | EHR Intelligence | April 1, 2016

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be sponsoring research projects geared toward bettering health information technology, according to a public statement. Specifically, the agency seeks to support research for improving the safety of health IT to better inform policymakers at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Food and Drug Administration, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)...

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Alaska Telehealth Bill Would Allow Phone, Online Prescribing Visits

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | May 7, 2014

Alaska may soon allow physicians to write prescriptions for many medications without an initial face-to-face encounter between the prescriber and the patient. A bill to allow the remote prescribing process passed on the final day of the state legislative session April 25 and is awaiting the signature of Alaska Republican Gov. Sean Parnell...

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All the Digital Health Funding MobiHealthNews Covered in 2015

Aditi Pai | MobiHealth News | December 21, 2015

In 2015, MobiHealthNews wrote about 208 funding deals that totaled $2.39 billion. While a majority of the funding announcements were positioned as equity deals, a small percentage of the rounds also included debt, securities, or options. Read on for a list of all the funding MobiHealthNews wrote about in 2015, along with links to each...

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Are CMS' Efforts Too Little and Too Late to Save the Collapsing US Rural Healthcare System?

With 35 percent of rural hospitals losing money and almost two-thirds running a negative operating margin, there’s simply no way rural facilities can invest in health IT without help...It’s clear that CMS understands we can’t leave rural hospitals to fend for themselves. But it also seems clear that a lot of hospitals invested in electronic health records (EHRs) they could ill afford to qualify for Meaningful Use funds—dollars that seldom covered implementation costs for solutions that didn’t yield significant cost savings and required additional technical personnel...“The high capital and operating costs associated with health IT, specifically EHRs, have put some hospitals in a difficult position,” wrote Becker’s Hospital CFO in a prescient January 2014 article. “Do they absorb the financial hit now, even if they know they can't afford it? Most organizations are doing so …”

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Big Chill For Telemedicine?

Lisa Gillespie | Healthcare IT News | May 5, 2014

New guidelines issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards could have a chilling effect on the growth of telemedicine – especially in rural areas and among low-income patients, say some patient advocates, health care providers and health care companies...

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Bill seeks to integrate digital health into Medicare, Medicaid, VA, and Military care

Neil Versel | MobiHealthNews | December 2, 2013

A new bill in Congress seeks to promote wireless, mobile and digital technologies in healthcare as a way to reduce costs and improve the quality of care. Read More »

Clicks-and-Mortar: Health Care's Future

The woes of the retail industry are well known, and are usually blamed on the impact of the Internet.  Credit Suisse projects that 8,600 brick-and-mortar stores will close in 2017, which would beat the record set in 2008, at the height of the last recession.  There are "zombie malls," full of empty stores but not yet shuttered. And then there's health care, where the retail business is booming. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Christopher Mims set forth Three Hard Lessons the Internet is Teaching Traditional Stores.  The lessons are: Data is King, Personalization + Automation = Profits, Legacy Tech Won't Cut It.

Collaboration To Improve Healthcare Accessibility For Veterans

Press Release | Kansas Office of the Governor | November 13, 2012

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday (11/13) applauded a new federal-state telemedicine collaboration that will improve mental and health care accessibility for Kansas veterans. The collaboration involves the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department (VA), the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth (KUCTT) and Kansas hospitals across the state.

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Commonwealth Fund Spotlights 3 Telemed Model Citizens

Paul Cerrato | Government Health IT | February 15, 2013

While the nation’s healthcare costs continue to drain the economy, several forward thinking provider organizations are finding ways to turn the situation around with carefully thought out telemed programs. A recent report from the Commonwealth Fund highlights the cost effective approaches used by three “model citizens.” Read More »

Community Health Network in Houston Leverages Open Source Tech to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Undaunted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network (SFA) responded to the crisis by leveraging open source technology to reach out to their patients and victims of the hurricane in areas of Texas that are virtually inaccessible. The Health Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) covering Brazoria County, is one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey and currently recovering. Using an advanced cloud-based version of the OpenEMR software, the SFA Community Health Network has been able to treat patients in clinics physically unreachable by their medical providers.

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Connected Tech Is Just the Thing for the NHS

Martin Barrow | Raconteur | March 9, 2017

Healthcare systems all over the world are struggling with two fundamental concerns – how to afford the rising cost of delivering care and how to integrate ever-changing new technologies? These twin challenges are intrinsically connected, for emerging technologies offer the promise of making care more affordable as well as more effective. The rewards for successful implementation will be significant, for patients as well as for those responsible for the sustainability of healthcare systems. In healthcare, the internet of things (IoT) is changing the way we think about looking after people. At the heart of this technological revolution is a focus on connectivity. Drug discovery and greater understanding of disease are critical.

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Continua Alliance Launches Presence In Latin America

Eric Wicklund | mHIMSS | May 3, 2013

The Continua Health Alliance is pushing into Central and South America with the establishment of a Brazil Work Group. Read More »

Cyber Reliant Releases Mobile Data Defender - A Quantum Resistant Secure Voice and Chat solution

Press Release | Cyber Reliant | July 9, 2020

Cyber Reliant has released its early access program to specific government and commercial industry test users for quantum resistant voice and chat. Adopting quantum resistance methods is essential for ensuring full spectrum data security and privacy. Cyber Reliant's quantum resistant secure voice and chat provides a level of security such that if an attacker had unlimited computing power, as in a weaponized quantum computer, they still could not compromise the data protection methods employed by Cyber Reliant. This advancement overlays on legacy mobile devices that have chip-based True Random Number Generators already built-in to the device, and makes it possible for future device optionality and diversity, reducing expense and build complexity while increasing security to combat today and tomorrow's threats.

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Denmark's New Continua-Compliant National Health IT Reference Architecture Available In English

Press Release | Continua Health Alliance | September 23, 2013

Denmark has issued an English-language translation of its national health IT reference architecture, which mandates compliance with Continua's Design Guidelines for interoperability of devices, systems and services in personal connected health... Read More »

Dispatch from Denmark

 

Denmark is a remarkable country of 5 million people with a robust social support system. Healthcare is provided for life as part of being Danish. If you lose your job, generous unemployment benefits provide for the ongoing well being of you and your family. Income inequality is among the lowest in the world (see the world mapped by income inequality below). When people gather together in Denmark, there is a sense of common purpose and shared experiences. The Danish call this “hygge” or coziness. I spoke about the experiences of the Meaningful Use program, the evolving US reimbursement system, and the quest for innovation - especially in the areas of social networking for healthcare, mobile, analytics, and cloud hosting...

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