NTIA Updates Priorities for 2015

Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) www.ntia.doc.gov updated the Public Law Institute and the Federal Communications Bar Association Telecommunications Policy and Regulation Institute meeting in Washington D.C on December 4, 2014. (more…)

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Monitoring Device Helps Patients

A biomedical device originally developed to monitor the health of astronauts in space is now available to help doctors remotely monitor their patients. The device vMetrics developed under NASA-sponsored research and sold by FlexLife Health Inc., http://flexlifehealthl.com is a lightweight, compact, and wireless device to monitor patients in the home. (more…)

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Data & the Age of Genomics

Health IT Now Coalition www.healthitnow.org,, a diverse group supporting incentives to deploy health IT and the Center for Data Innovation http://datainnovation.org a leading think tank, sponsored the event “Data-Driven Medicine in the Age of Genomics” on December 11th. Joel White Executive Director of Health IT Now told the attendees that genomic medicine holds a key to unlocking the future in medicine and personalized health. (more…)

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State of Illinois Publishes SCIP

The state of Illinois has identified interoperable communications as their highest priority to be able to respond to large-scale emergencies. In September 2014, the state published their Illinois Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan http://iema.illinois.gov/iema/scrip/scip.pdf, (SCIP), a three to five year statewide plan to improve interoperable and emergency communications. (more…)

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Improving Patient Safety in Pakistan

The World Health Organization estimates that millions of people suffer disabling injuries or death directly attributable to poor medical care in developing countries although it is difficult to estimate exactly how many patients are affected. The problem is particularly relevant for patients being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICU). (more…)

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VA to Pilot Technology

The Veterans Administration www.va.gov is piloting IBM technology to assist physicians in caring for patients. The two year pilot will emphasize Evidence-based Critical Decisions. The plan is to study innovative approaches to quickly search EMRs and medical literature for relevant published studies. The IBM Corporation www.ibm.com was awarded the contract for $6,782,693 to provide a system using Watson technology made famous on Jeopardy in 2011. (more…)

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