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October 1, 2012
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  • Congress looks to give FDA defined role in health-app industry
    Congress is trying to get out ahead of potential roadblocks to fast-moving application development in the health care space. Amid fears of FDA regulation, a bill under consideration in the House of Representatives is aimed at making the potential approval process fast and easy by setting up dedicated advisories. "Currently, our health care system works against small-to-large startup entrepreneurs with a multitude of barriers to entry. Why have the principles of Silicon Valley ... not fully manifested themselves in the health care information technology space?" asks Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., the bill's sponsor. Health Tech Zone (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UN, mHealth Alliance boost mobile health tools' use with 8 grants
    The United Nations' Innovation Working Group and mHealth Alliance announced eight two-year grants to promote wider adoption of mobile technologies and enhance child and maternal health worldwide. The International Institute for Communication and Development, one of the grantees, is working with a telecommunications firm to help semi-literate community health staff in their work to prevent malaria. "These grants will not only allow the grantees to scale up, but they will also provide others in the mHealth space the opportunity to learn from grantees' experience and findings," said mHealth Alliance Executive Director Patricia Mechael. (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: More adults use mobile phones, tablets for health data
    The number of adults employing mobile phones for health data has reached 75 million this year, up from 61 million last year, according to a study by Cybercitizen Health and Manhattan Research, and the number using tablets has grown as well. "This trend shows vast potential for changing key dynamics of health care delivery, including patient engagement, provider involvement and how preventive care is incentivized," said Monique Levy, Manhattan Research's vice president of research. Healthcare IT News (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 16 docs form tele-ICU firm to boost remote monitoring of patients
    Performance ICU, a tele-ICU company that enables doctors to monitor patients and observe physiologic trends from a remote location, has been formed by 16 doctors in California. The firm's technology platform is capable of offering affordable solutions to assist health systems and hospitals in ICU staffing, said Dr. Richard DeFelice, Performance ICU managing partner. Healthcare Informatics online (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GAO: Conflicting policies keep VA, Defense from collaborating
    Conflicts in policies are hindering the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department in their efforts to effectively work together in areas where they both provide care, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office. Auditors found the departments need to improve their collaborative efforts in IT systems, business and administrative processes, military base access and health facility construction. The GAO also suggests they compel the sites at which they work together to introduce performance standards related to health care quality, access and costs. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HIMSS to transform health care through a C-level project
    The Healthcare Transformation Project has been unveiled by HIMSS to encourage C-level executives to work together to change the industry through IT and management innovations. The initiative aims to engage dedicated executives in programs that could give them knowledge and deliverables they can put to work in their organizations through a forum, as well as networking, research and other events. Healthcare Informatics online (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vt. hospital appoints new CMIO
    Dr. Adam Buckley has been appointed chief medical information officer at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. Buckley, who previously led the adoption of an EHR system for obstetric care at a medical center in New York City, will act as the contact person between Fletcher Allen's information systems unit and providers. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • WEDI webinars now available online
    Did you miss a WEDI webinar due to a scheduling conflict? Several key webinars from 2012, 2011 and 2010 are now available for purchase on the WEDI website. Visit the WEDI website to view the various resources available to you. Purchase the webinar now and have access to it within minutes. All future WEDI webinars will be made available online for those who cannot attend the live events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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