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March 28, 2012
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  • FDA discusses tools to enhance access to OTC drugs
    Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, recently informed attendees at the FDA Rx-to-OTC Switch Hearing about three tools that could help boost access to over-the-counter drugs. The tools include the application of enhanced communication technology such as instructional videos that are available for public viewing to boost the effectiveness of the drug facts label. Drug Store News (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Presidential commission requests comment on genome data access
    The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has opened a public comment period, ending May 25, for feedback on privacy and data access concerns associated with the availability of human genome information. The accessibility to genome data "raises many questions for the scientific, medical, ethics and patient communities related to how this information can and ought be collected, used and governed," stated HHS in a notice released Tuesday. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IBM partners with cancer center to promote research database
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is partnering with IBM for the launch of a clinical decision support system for oncology with the use of the center's case histories repository as well as its molecular and genomic databases. The collaboration, which will utilize IBM's Watson supercomputer, will help move treatment developments into clinical practice more quickly, said Dr. Mark Kris, chief of thoracic oncology service at the cancer center. Health Data Management (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HHS submits latest HIPAA regulation for review
    The HHS Office for Civil Rights has submitted for review by the Office of Management and Budget a final rule outlining revisions to the HIPAA security and privacy regulations, which include changes to a provision that allows covered entities not to disclose certain breaches. The OMB review is a final step before the rule can be released in the Federal Register. Health Data Management (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FTC and FDA work together to regulate health apps
    The Federal Trade Commission and the FDA have overlapping missions to investigate makers of health care applications for unfair or deceptive acts or practices and false or misleading claims, officials from both agencies said. The agencies also work together on deciding which one will take action to avoid confusion, the officials said. (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Improved Quality 
  • Greenway executive comments on HIT, docs study
    EHRs and other health IT can lessen care expenses per practice, but the systemwide costs can only be reduced when all of the delivery reform factors, including new structures for payment are integrated, says Justin Barnes, vice president of government affairs at Greenway Medical Technologies. In response to a study on the increased diagnostic follow-up tests requested by physicians who have electronic access to imaging results, Barnes said HIT alone will not lower health care costs, but it does play an important role in moving toward that goal. Healthcare IT News (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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