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Antibiotics Given to Babies May Change Their Gut Microbes for Years

Anna Vlasits | STAT | June 15, 2016

Babies born by caesarean section, as well as those given antibiotics early in life, have a different balance of gut microbes than other babies, two new studies show. These differences could put them at higher risk for various health problems in childhood, including asthma, type 1 diabetes, and perhaps even autism. By the time children are 3 years old, their microbiomes are largely stable, said Dr. Ramnik Xavier, a lead author on one of two related studies published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine. So what happens early in life can have long-term implications for health...

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Apple Introduces ResearchKit, Giving Medical Researchers the Tools to Revolutionize Medical Studies

Press Release | Apple | March 9, 2015

Apple® today announced ResearchKit™, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone® apps. World-class research institutions have already developed apps with ResearchKit for studies on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.* Users decide if they want to participate in a study and how their data is shared. Read More »

Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise in Diabetes Test

Nicholas Bakalar | New York Times | June 15, 2014

A portable artificial pancreas built with a modified iPhone successfully regulated blood sugar levels in a trial with people who have Type 1 diabetes, researchers reported Sunday.

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GAO Makes Appointments to Health Information Technology Advisory Committee

Press Release | Government Accountability Office (GAO) | August 3, 2017

Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced 15 appointments to the new Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee. It is extremely valuable to have a range of perspectives and expertise in helping the government address challenges related to health information technology, “It is extremely valuable to have a range of perspectives and expertise in helping the government address challenges related to health information technology,” Dodaro said...

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How Congress Ignored Science and Fueled Antibiotic Resistance

Maryn McKenna | Wired | September 12, 2017

The study was being conducted by Dr. Stuart B. Levy, a researcher in Boston. Levy was 36 in 1974. He was the son of a family doctor from Delaware and had grown up accompanying his father on house calls and discussing cases afterward. He was a faculty member at Tufts University School of Medicine, in a part of Boston that is gentrified now but was cheap and seedy then, and he had taken a circuitous route to get there, studying first literature, then medicine, and then microbiology in Italy and France...

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OpenNotes Introduces Advisory Board

Press Release | OpenNotes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | September 12, 2016

OpenNotes is pleased to announce that ten extraordinary advocates for health care quality and improvement are the founding members of the OpenNotes Advisory Board. OpenNotes is a national movement that urges doctors, nurses and other health care providers to share the notes they write with the patients they care for...

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Partners HealthCare and Persistent Systems to Team on New Industrywide Digital Platform for Clinical Care

Press Release | Persistent Systems, Partners HealthCare | April 25, 2017

Persistent Systems and Partners HealthCare, founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, announced today a strategic collaboration to develop a new industry-wide open-source platform with the goal of bringing digital transformation to clinical care. Persistent will help the digital transformation of clinical care at Partners and, together with Partners, develop an open-source platform to lower the barriers for knowledge exchange across health care providers and enable a new generation of decision support apps in the clinical environment...

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Significant Distortions Discovered in Leading Genetics Study Method - Open Source Software can Detect and Correct Them

Press Release | Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai | April 24, 2018

Many conclusions drawn from a common approach to the study of human genetics could be distorted because of a previously overlooked phenomenon, according to researchers at the Department of Genetics and Genomics Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and collaborators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute. Their conclusions and a unique method they developed to help correct for this distortion were recently published in Nature Genetics.

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The Golden Spike Part 2

John D. Halamka | Life As A Healthcare CIO | October 16, 2012

Today we made history in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   At 11:35am Governor Deval and his physician sent the Governor's healthcare record from Massachusetts General Hospital to Baystate Medical Center. It arrived and was integrated into Baystate's Cerner medical record. Read More »

The Heritage and Legacy of M (MUMPS) – and the Future of YottaDB

In computing, the term legacy system has come to mean an application or a technology originally crafted decades ago, one important to the success of an enterprise, and which at least some people consider obsolete. But age alone does not make something obsolete – we still read and appreciate Shakespeare a half-millenium after his death, and paper clips from over 100 years ago are still familiar to us today, We must recognize that software is also part of our technical and cultural heritage (see Software Heritage). As in much else in our daily lives, legacy and heritage are intertwined.

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TracFone Wireless Lends Support to "Precision Medicine Challenge" to Benefit Underserved in U.S.

Press Release | Tracfone | November 10, 2015

TracFone Wireless Inc. (TracFone) is partnering with the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT) to support the "Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine Tools" Challenge (www.PMIChallenge.org). TracFone and the other partners in the Challenge are being recognized here this week for their support during the HIMSS Connected Health Conference. The Challenge is an undertaking of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) to:

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Twine Health Closes Series A Financing, Aims to End Fee-for-Service Primary Care

Press Release | Twine Health | December 7, 2015

Twine Health today closed its series A financing totaling $6.75M, propelling the company’s mission to make its health coaching platform the linchpin of value-based care. Twine is coming off a foundational 2015 having engineered its platform for large-scale commercial deployment, performed clinical pilots with unprecedented outcomes and made key management hires in marketing and sales. Going into 2016, Twine is poised to achieve rapid adoption of its health coaching platform by care delivery organizations that are assuming financial risk for the health of their population. This bold mission comes at a time when industry analysts are singling out health coaches (or “practice extenders”) as the key to transforming patient care over the next five years.

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When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

David Epstein and Propublica | The Atlantic | February 22, 2017

Fiirst, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood pressure was a bit high, but everything else looked good, and he exercised regularly. Then he had a scare. He went for a brisk post-lunch walk on a cool winter day, and his chest began to hurt. Back inside his office, he sat down, and the pain disappeared as quickly as it had come...

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