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ReWalk Featured in VA National Multi-Center Clinical Exoskeleton Trial

Press Release | ReWalk Robotics | February 3, 2016

ReWalk Robotics Ltd...announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") has publicly listed details of a national, multi-center study utilizing the Company's Personal 6.0 Exoskeleton Systems. The VA released full details of the study titled, "Exoskeleton Assisted-Walking in Persons With SCI: Impact on Quality of Life" on the clinical trials section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website (www.clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT02658656). Several key components of the study outlined by the VA, include...

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ReWalk Robotics Exoskeleton Deemed Medically Necessary by Independent Medical Review Organization

Press Release | ReWalk Robotics | February 16, 2016

ReWalk Robotics Ltd...announced today that a commercial health plan in the Northwest region of the United States has approved coverage and reimbursement for a ReWalk Personal exoskeleton system, following the ruling of an external independent review organization that overturned the health plan's initial denial of coverage. The beneficiary of the ReWalk device is a surgeon who suffered a spinal cord injury and currently uses a manual custom wheelchair 11 hours a day at work.  Use of the ReWalk will permit the beneficiary to stand up and ambulate both at work and in the home.

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So Much For Exporting Democracy: Afghanistan Is As Corrupt As North Korea

Catherine A. Traywick | Social Reader | December 3, 2013

After 12 years, nearly $700 billion, and more than 2,000 dead U.S. soldiers, here's what the United States has to show for its efforts in Afghanistan: a government that's perceived to be as corrupt as North Korea, according to a new report from the anti-corruption group Transparency International. Read More »

Study Highlights Rise In US Healthcare Costs Since 1980

Nicole Freeman | EHR Intelligence | November 20, 2013

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlights important healthcare trends in the United States over the last three decades. The study, entitled “The anatomy of health care in the United States,” used publicly available data related to funding, patients, healthcare providers, and health outcomes. Read More »

The Growing Diet Divide Between Rich and Poor in America

Anna Vlasits | STAT | June 21, 2016

Much has been written about the growing income inequality in the United States. But another kind of gap is also widening between us, and it’s at the dinner table. Overall, Americans are eating better. In the decade leading up to 2012, the number of people eating a poor diet fell from around 56 percent to under 46 percent. But if you separate people out by income, it’s a different story. High-income Americans are eating better than ever while the low-income group has improved much more modestly...

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The Happiest Countries In The World

Alexander E.M. Hess, Thomas C. Frohlich and Vince Calio | USA Today | May 10, 2014

Switzerland's residents are the most satisfied with their lives for the second consecutive year, according to the Better Life Index released last week. The study, published annually by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), reported that United States failed to crack the top 10 for the fourth consecutive year, while neighbors Mexico and Canada did...

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The Open Source Solution To The Bee Colony Collapse Problem

Tristan Smith | OpenSource.com | December 11, 2013

Last year, a third of honeybee colonies in the United States quite literally vanished. Commercial honey operations, previously abuzz with many thousands of bees, fell suddenly silent, leaving scientists and beekeepers alike scratching their heads. The reasons remain mostly a mystery for what is called Colony Collapse Disorder—a disturbing development of the drying up of beehives throughout the industrialised world. Read More »

The State Of LTE 4G Networks Worldwide In 2014 And The Poor Performance Of The US

Charlie Osborne | ZDNet | February 21, 2014

You might be surprised to hear that while the U.S.'s average 4G speeds are among the worst in the world, the quickest you can find is from a Brazilian operator. Read More »

The United States Is Worse In Access, Affordability And Insurance Complexity

Cathy Schoen, Robin Osborn, David Squires, and Michelle M. Doty | Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) | November 13, 2013

The United States is in the midst of the most sweeping health insurance expansions and market reforms since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Our 2013 survey of the general population in eleven countries [...] found that US adults were significantly more likely than their counterparts in other countries to forgo care because of cost, to have difficulty paying for care even when insured, and to encounter time-consuming insurance complexity. Read More »

U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High

Lymari Morales | Gallup Politics | September 21, 2012

Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.

U.S. Ranks 23rd For Women’s Equality, Falling Behind Nicaragua, Cuba, and Burundi

Bryce Covert | Think Progress | October 25, 2013

In the 2013 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report, which measures women’s economic, political, educational, and health equality, the United States ranks at number 23 out of 136 countries around the world. The country falls behind many Nordic countries as well as Nicaragua, Cuba, and Burundi, among others.

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U.S.-U.K. Health IT Collaboration is Official!

OSEHRA...participated in early planning meetings for a bilateral agreement signed on January 23, 2014, by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.K. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt.  Intended to strengthen the healthcare systems of both countries, the agreement calls for collaboration within health information technology, specifically the sharing of information, tools, and strategies. The agreement outlines specific focal areas: Sharing Quality Indicators, Liberating Data and Putting It to Work, Priming the Health IT Market, and most significantly for OSEHRA-- Adopting Digital Health Record Systems.

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Universal Healthcare Doesn't Mean Waiting Longer to See A Doctor

Olga Khazan | The Atlantic | November 19, 2013

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund shows that people in other industrialized nations get doctors' appointments faster than Americans do. Read More »

US and UK working to strengthen use of health IT for better patient care

Press Release | US Department of Health and Human Services | January 23, 2014

As the use of health information technology (health IT) grows in both the United States and the United Kingdom, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.K. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt today signed a bi-lateral agreement for the use and sharing of health IT information and tools. The agreement strengthens efforts to cultivate and increase the use of health IT tools and information designed to help improve the quality and efficiency of the delivery of health care in both countries.

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US Defense Think Tank Calls for DoD to Adopt the Open Source VistA EHR and Avoid Closed and Proprietary EHRs.

One of the most prestigious U.S. defense think tanks, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), issued a white paper Thursday calling on the Department of Defense (DoD) to replace their existing dysfunctional “vendor-lock” medical records system with an electronic health records system (EHR) that is "extensible, flexible and easy to safely modify and upgrade as technology improves and interoperability demands evolve." The white paper warns that a "closed and proprietary" commercial EHR - such as the ones offered by Epic, Cerner or Allscripts - will lead to "vendor-lock” and isolation of health data. Read More »