Zeroing in on Rare Diseases

Michael York, a well-known British actor who has starred on the stage and in movies spoke at the National Press Club August 12, 2016, acting as a spokesman for a rare condition and a little known ailment called Amyloidosis. (more…)

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Smartphones to Improve Eye Care

A University of Michigan https://umich.edu ophthalmologist is working to bring health applications plus the convenience and reliability of smartphones into the doctor’s office as well as to enrich eye care. (more…)

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Healthcare in Montana

Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock’s Council on Health Care Innovation and Reform met in June to discuss the present state of healthcare and to review the Montana Health Care Innovation Plan http://dphhs.mt.gov/healthcare/innovation. The plan describes the Council’s efforts to improve community health while making healthcare more affordable. (more…)

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DHS Help for 1st Responders

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology “Next-Generation Incident Command System” (NICS), is an information sharing tool to help emergency responders. (more…)

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Help for Appalachia

The mortality rate in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) www.arc.gov is 27 percent higher than the national average and the region has disproportionally higher rates of cancer, chronic diseases such as diabetes, substance abuse, and obesity as reported in the ARC 2016-2010 Strategic Plan. (more…)

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News on Patient Record Sharing

Beginning April 2014, health IT leaders started to make it possible for all types of HIEs to connect to each other. The leaders created Carequality http://sequoiaproject.org/carequality to address the technical, legal, and regulatory hurdles standing in the way of inter-network connections. Now after more than two years of creating the framework and testing it in production, Carequality is now live. (more…)

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Trial to Study Diabetic Veterans

The Veterans Administration (VA) www.va.gov estimates that the prevalence of diabetes affects almost 20 percent of VA patients. Poorly controlled diabetes leads to a number of complications requiring veterans to adhere to recommended care which requires effective communication during and after medical encounters. (more…)

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