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Disruptive Innovators: Hospitals Increase Community Access To Healthier Food

Kelsey Brimmer | Healthcare Finance News | September 11, 2013

A number of hospitals across the country have set out to demonstrate that healthy diets improve patient health and reduce healthcare costs. Those efforts got a boost recently when the Union of Concerned Scientists released an analysis of the benefits of improving patient health through better access to fresher, healthier food. Read More »

Do Epic And Interoperability Interface? Depends On Whom You Ask

Erin McCann | Healthcare IT News | December 12, 2014

The nation’s largest electronic medical record vendor has an image problem. Verona, Wis.-based Epic has come under fire this year over its lack of interoperability, spurring the company, once well known for its mum relationship with the press, to speak up...

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Do The CDC’s Ebola Precautions For U.S. Hospitals Go Far Enough?

Steven Ross Johnson | Modern Healthcare | August 21, 2014

U.S. hospitals have gone on alert since two American healthcare workers were brought to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta this month after being infected with the Ebola virus while treating Ebola patients in West Africa...

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Do We Need To Know What’s In Junk Food?

Staff Writer | New York Times | February 5, 2010

In the continuing effort to fight obesity in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing its nutrition labeling guidelines. The agency is re-evaluating serving sizes and considering the placement of calorie and nutrition labels on the front of food packages, from cereals to soups to candy. Read More »

Documents Reveal How Poultry Firms Systematically Feed Antibiotics To Flocks

Brian Grow, P.J. Huffstutter and Michael Erman | Reuters | September 15, 2014

Major U.S. poultry firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more pervasively than regulators realize, posing a potential risk to human health.  Internal records examined by Reuters reveal that some of the nation’s largest poultry producers routinely feed chickens an array of antibiotics – not just when sickness strikes, but as a standard practice over most of the birds’ lives...

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Dr. Noam Arzt named Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association

Press Release | HLN Consulting | November 1, 2018

Dr. Noam H. Arzt, president ofHLN Consulting, LLC, has been named a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Dr. Arzt joins 129 of his colleagues in the inaugural class of fellows. The fellowship was created to recognize AMIA members who apply informatics skills and knowledge within their professional setting, who have demonstrated professional achievement and leadership, and who have contributed to the betterment of the organization. A member of AMIA since 1998, Dr. Arzt has been a leader in public health informatics for many years. He has been active in various AMIA task forces and workgroups, and has been a speaker at AMIA conferences, events, and webinars.

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Drug Cops Want Open Access To Your Medical Records

Radley Balko | Washington Post | January 24, 2014

stories about ADHD drugs like Ritalin and Adderall, a number of politicians, pundits, and public health activists have demanded better monitoring of doctors and patients. [...] Read More »

Drug-Resistant Bacteria On Chicken: It’s Everywhere And The Government Can’t Help

Maryn McKenna | Wired | December 19, 2013

Two important, linked publications are out today, both carrying the same message: The way we raise poultry in this country is creating an under-appreciated health hazard, and the government structures we depend upon to detect that hazard and protect us from it are failing us. Read More »

DSS Recognized on 2016 Healthcare Informatics’ Top 100

Press Release | Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS) | May 25, 2016

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), the leading provider of VistA integrated healthcare solutions, today announced that it has been recognized in Healthcare Informatics’ 2016 HCI 100 listing of top healthcare IT vendors for the second time. As interoperability and coordinated care remain top priorities, DSS collaborates with its customers to continuously meet their unique electronic health record (EHR) integration needs, whether government or private sector healthcare organizations, ultimately improving patient outcomes...

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e-Health Project In Malaysia To Monitor Medical Drug Preservation With Waspmote

Alberto Bielsa | Libelium | January 20, 2012

Medical drugs are very expensive, in special vaccines and others that need to be stored at a specific temperature. Therefore, real-time monitoring is vital to control whether the cold chain has been broken or not. Wireless sensor networks (WSN) are capable of getting temperature, humidity or luminosity measurements and transmit the data to a remote server periodically. In this way, real-time conditions can be monitored in order to know when a problem in a freezer or a refrigerator happens, avoiding critical situations and saving a huge amount of money.

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Ebola And EHRs: An Unfortunate And Critical Reminder

Lara Cartwright-Smith, Jane Hyatt Thorpe, and Sara Rosenbaum | Health Affairs Blog | October 28, 2014

The Dallas hospital communication lapse that led to the discharge of a Liberian man with Ebola symptoms is an example of the failure of the American health care system to effectively share health information, even within single institutions. It is not possible to know whether a faster response would have saved Thomas Eric Duncan’s life or reduced risk to the community and health workers...

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Ebola Cases Put Focus On Health IT Needs

John W. Loonsk | Healthcare IT News | October 22, 2014

The Ebola cases in the United States, despite their limited numbers, have generated considerable discussion and anxiety. The discussion has included health IT because of the initial assertion that the Dallas hospital electronic health record led to the first U.S. Ebola case being sent home...

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Ebola Is Scary, But Antibiotic Resistance Should Scare Us More

David Robert Grimes | The Guardian | November 24, 2014

Ebola is the stuff of nightmares...But while the grim spectacle of dying patients in treatment centres in the affected African countries has stoked fears, cases in the west have been extremely rare in spite of a spate of false alarms across Europe and the US...

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Ebola Now Threatens National Security In West Africa

Dina Fine Maron | Nature | September 3, 2014

The Ebola virus outbreak entrenched in west Africa has become a real risk to the stability and security of society in the region, the top US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said today after returning yesterday from a visit there...

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Ebola Outbreak: Where Are The mHealth Apps?

Staff Writer | mHealth News | October 8, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and now the U.S. is surely among the most high-profile incidents wherein mobile health technologies could have proven their mettle. While some apps are already effective tools for public health workers, the sense in the industry is that apps are not being leveraged to the fullest extent and that more coordination is needed to use them as an asset...

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