NIH Awards $157 Million

NIH’s www.nih.gov $157 million in awards for FY 2016 are going to be used to launch a seven year initiative called “Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes” (ECHO) www.nih.gov/echo. (more…)

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Transforming Primary Care

The Peterson Center on Healthcare (http://petersonhealthcare.org a nonprofit organization, has announced a new initiative to look at how primary care practices can deliver care by using a proven high-performance lower-cost model. (more…)

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Modernizing Federal IT

Federal agencies rely on IT requiring extensive investments in both updating existing IT and developing new IT. GAO www.gao.gov reports that the federal government annually spends more than $80 billion for IT and more than 75 percent of this spending is on legacy IT. (more…)

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CEO Appears on Capitol Hill

Paul Black CEO of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions http://allscripts.com appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee’s http://waysandmeans.house.gov Subcommittee on Health to talk about the innovation taking place across the healthcare industry. As he emphasized, “Innovation is key to describing the tremendous developments taking place in healthcare which is being led by the private sector.” (more…)

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Finland to Use IBM’s Watson

Tekes www.tekes.fi/en the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and IBM www.ibm.com are partnering to enable Finland to utilize IBM’s Watson’s cognitive computing to help doctors improve the health of its citizens. (more…)

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DLT Projects Funded

USDA www.usda.gov has awarded $4.7 million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants grants to support eleven distance learning and seven telemedicine projects that have now been added to the 80 DLT projects that were announced in July. (more…)

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VA Supports Digital Health Platform

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) www.osehra.org sent out information on the Veterans Administration’s (VA) www.va.gov recently released Request for Information (RFI) seeking the “Next Generation Digital Health Platform” to be integrated, future-proof, and optimize the cost of operations. (more…)

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