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Chronic Health Conditions Plague Half Of All American Adults, CDC Reports

Thomas Carannante | HNGN | July 2, 2014

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of all American adults - approximately 117 million people - suffer from one or more chronic health conditions...

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Chronology Of Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks, 1976-2014

Ramon Martinez | Health Intelligence | June 10, 2014

The blog post Ebola virus disease outbreak, West Africa, 2014 was devoted to present the current situation of the outbreak of Ebola virus that is currently taking place in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Some readers requested additional information about the number of outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in history and affected countries, so I decided to visualized the chronology of Ebola outbreaks. Read More »

Cities Might Not Be As Prepared As They Think For A Bioterrorism Attack

John Metcalfe | The Atlantic Cities | July 24, 2013

Imagine that a small group of terrorists deliberately infect themselves with smallpox and then walk around London, spreading it to the populace. How much could the terrible disease proliferate before the world realized something was amiss? Read More »

ClinCapture Awarded WHO Drug Medical Coding Certification

Press Release | Clinovo | August 26, 2014

ClinCapture by Clinovo becomes the first Open Source Electronic Data Capture (EDC) System to receive the WHO Drug Dictionaries Medical Coding Certification by Uppsala Monitoring Center (UMC). Read More »

Coalescing Interest in Geospatial Standards for Health Domain

During the recent OGC Health DWG meeting, participants supported advancing the HL7 – OGC Statement of Underst...The OGC geospatial standards are expected to enrich health information. Guest presenters provided insight on potential alignment of OGC Health DWG activities with health domain requirements for standardization and interoperability.

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CSIR Tuberculosis Drug Project Enters Phase II Clinical Trials

Nikita Mehta | Live Mint | March 25, 2014

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) open source drug discovery (OSDD) project on Monday handed over a new drug combination to the Lala Ram Sarup TB Hospital in New Delhi to take it forward for so-called Phase IIB clinical trials to study the efficacy of the drug that will target multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Indian patients.

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Cuba Sending Dozens Of Doctors, Nurses To Fight Ebola In West Africa

Maria Cheng | Yahoo! News | September 12, 2014

Cuba's health ministry said Friday it is sending more than 160 health workers to help stop the raging Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, providing a much-needed injection of medical expertise in a country where health workers are in short supply...

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Cutting More But Not Saving More

Kim Bellard | Blogspot: Kim Bellard Blog | December 2, 2014

There's an epidemic in American health care, and I don't mean the commonly lamented ones like obesity, diabetes, or even Ebola.  It's surgery...

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Deadly Disappointment Awaits At Ebola Clinics Due To Lack Of Space

Drew Hinshaw | The Wall Street Journal | September 7, 2014

...Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—the three nations bearing the brunt of the [Ebola] outbreak—need at least 1,515 hospital beds for the more than 20,000 people who could be infected before the outbreak can be curtailed, according to World Health Organization estimates...

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DICOM Grid Powers Global Health IT Non-Profits In Their Mission To Improve Access To Radiology

Press Release | DICOM Grid | July 13, 2016

DICOM Grid, makers of the leading cloud-based, medical image management suite, today announced it is powering image exchange for three non-profit organizations – RAD-AID, Partners In Health, and thesecondopinion – in their mission to improve access to modern healthcare and best-in-class second opinion services for underserved communities worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 4 billion people are at risk for widespread losses and deaths that can be avoided or treated, if radiology were available...

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Digitizing Maps Of Malaria Hotspots To Save Lives

Mapping collaboration between Europe and Africa has led to the creation of a digitized malaria mapping database that for the first time brings together all available malaria data, helping tackle a disease that kills more than 660,000 people every year.

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Doctors Aren't Sure How To Stop Africa's Deadliest Ebola Outbreak

Michaeleen Doucleff | NPR | June 18, 2014

When an Ebola outbreak lasts for months and continues to show up in new cities, health officials take notice...

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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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Drug Firms 'To Blame' For Antibiotic Resistance

Sarah Knapton | Leader-Post | January 19, 2015

Drug companies' poor practices are to blame for the rise of antibiotic resistance which threatens to make even the smallest infections deadly, one industry chief executive has claimed...

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DSS, Inc. Releases New Version of Open Source EHR, vxVistA, to Healthcare IT Community

Press Release | Document Storage Systems, Inc. | June 28, 2016

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.), a leading provider of health information technology (HIT) solutions for federal, private and public healthcare organizations, today announced the release of the latest vxVistA Open Source electronic health record (EHR) version 15.0 under Apache 2.0 license. The latest version of vxVistA will improve workflow efficiency, enable interoperability and enhance patient safety through modernizing the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) legacy system. Hospitals, clinics, physician practices and community health organizations are able to access vxVistA 15.0 via The VistA Extensions Hub...

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