Upgrading Trauma Care Systems

The quality of trauma care varies greatly in current military and civilian trauma care systems depending on when and where an individual is injured, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine http://nationalacademies.org report discussing how to improve the trauma care system. (more…)

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Expanding Emergency Telemedicine

Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.org is upgrading their services by offering telemedicine to more than 45 hospitals across nine states served by Mayo Clinic’s emergency telemedicine services. Emergency telemedicine provides acute medical assessment to people who need immediate emergency care through video communications. (more…)

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Developing POC Tests for Zika

On August 23, 2016, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)www.phe.gov announced a $7 million contract with Orasure Technologies Inc. of Bethlehem Pennsylvania www.orasure.com to further develop a Zika virus test. Orasure’s test is a lateral flow serological test which is similar to a home pregnancy test but uses a few drops of blood instead of urine.  (more…)

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Medicaid Health Homes Update

The Affordable Care Act gives states the right for Medicaid to establish health homes to help manage beneficiaries with chronic illnesses. However, an individual must be a Medicaid beneficiary diagnosed with two chronic conditions or one chronic condition and risk for a second, or a serious mental illness. (more…)

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Conducting Successful Trials

A seven year federal grant for $26.5 million was awarded to researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) www.dcri.org  and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) www.mc.vanderbilt.edu to study how multisite clinical trials for new drugs and therapies can be conducted more rapidly and efficiently. (more…)

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Report on Medical Device Exports

The forecast for the Medical Device Market in 2016 in the Americas is $166.6 billion and is expected to grow to $208.6 billion in 2020. The U.S medical device industry expects to remain highly competitive globally which is due partially to the fact that the U.S has been able to effectively bring new and innovative technologies to market, according to the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration’s report, “2016 Top Markets Report: Medical Devices” http://trade.gov. (more…)

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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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