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3D-Printed Huts To Revolutionize Home Building In Poor Countries

Staff Writer | RT News | October 17, 2014

An Italian company believes they have come up with an idea that could improve the lives of hundreds of millions. They have developed an easily transportable printer that can build houses out of natural materials, such as mud or clay...

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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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AMA Pleads For More User-Friendly EHRs

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | September 16, 2014

The American Medical Association is targeting the usability—or lack thereof—of electronic health-record systems as part of a broader campaign to improve physician satisfaction...

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Are Electronic Medical Records Worth the Costs of Implementation?

Tara O'Neill | American Action Forum | August 6, 2015

All of these potential advances could greatly improve health outcomes and help bend the health care cost curve. Unfortunately, these advances come with significant costs, both financially and in terms of personal privacy. Going forward, policymakers should work to ensure limited resources are used in a more cost-effective manner. Changes to EMR policy have been part of recent legislative and executive action.

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Heavyweights Lead Charge For More Time On EHR Meaningful Use

Joseph Conn | Modern Publication | September 6, 2014

A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment program, insisting that the future of the program is at stake...

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HHS announces the availability of $195 million to expand substance abuse and mental health services at health centers nationwide

Press Release | HHS | June 26, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $195 million in a new funding opportunity for community health centers to expand access to mental health and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention and awareness of opioid abuse in all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. The awards are expected to be made in September of this year. Health centers that receive an award will use the funds to increase the number of personnel dedicated to mental health and substance abuse services and to leverage health information technology and training to support the expansion of mental health and substance abuse services and their integration into primary care.

Intermountain, Cerner Collaborate On Defense Health IT Bid

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | September 24, 2014

Cerner Corp., one of several major electronic health-record system vendors competing for a multibillion-dollar contract to replace the Military Health System's EHR, has entered what it terms a “strategic agreement” on its bid with Intermountain Healthcare...

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IT Entrepreneurs Rush Into Healthcare, But Will Human Touch Be Missing?

Darius Tahir | Modern Healthcare | September 6, 2014

A new health IT firm called Omada Health, which recently secured $23 million in startup financing, is working with people at risk of developing diabetes to help them head off the full-blown condition...

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Open Source Hardware Holds The Same Promise As Software

Phil Shapiro | OpenSource.com | September 18, 2013

I see SparkFun Electronics mentioned often in my social media stream, so I jumped at the chance to interview Chris Clark, the company's Director of Information Technology.

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PatientPoint Partners with The Veteran Group to Offer Vital Patient Education to Veterans

Press Release | PatientPoint, The Veteran Group | November 9, 2017

PatientPoint®, the trusted leader in patient and physician engagement solutions, is partnering with The Veteran Group to offer award-winning point-of-care education to Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal healthcare provider facilities. The Veteran Group is a VA-certified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that provides information technology and business management consulting and solutions to the VA and other federal healthcare partners. Through this partnership, The Veteran Group will install and deploy PatientPoint products among VA and other government and commercial customer facilities.

Thomas Verbeck: Sharing Medical Data Saves Lives

Thomas J. Verbeck | fayobserver.com | July 19, 2015

As a former chief information officer with a long career in information technology, my focus has intensified since the Department of Defense announced plans to spend $11 billion on a new EHR system - one that can seamlessly exchange health data for the country's nearly 10 million employees, military personnel, retirees and their families. But the DoD's plan will fail. That's because most of today's EHR systems, including the bidder finalists, are designed only to work within their own system. That allows them to charge physicians and hospitals outside their system for access to your data. DoD can demand a system that seamlessly connects health data with civilian hospitals - or the VA - but it has failed to do so.

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Using the Latest Advances in Data Science to Fight Infectious Diseases

One of the most dramatic shifts in recent years that is empowering epidemiologists to be more effective at their jobs is occurring because of improvements in data technologies. In the past, the old “relational” data model dictated that data had to be highly structured, and as a result treated in distinct silos. This made it difficult, if not impossible to analyze data from multiple sources to find correlations. Epidemiologists would have to spend many minutes or even hours on each query they ran to get results back, which is unacceptable when you need to test dozens of hypotheses to try to understand and contain a fast-moving outbreak. (Imagine how you would feel if each one of your Google searches took 45 minutes to return!) By contrast, using newer technologies, the same queries on the same hardware can run in seconds.

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