Telehealth to Help Hispanic Patients

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) https://www.pcori.org reports that over half of Hispanics/Latinos will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Previous studies examining the use of diabetes telemedicine programs in low income communities have found the programs effective but there is not currently a program tailored especially to Hispanic communities. (more…)

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Wireless Pacemaker for the Brain

A wireless pacemaker developed for the brain could become the new standard treatment for neurological disorders as a new neurostimulator is now being developed by engineers at the UC Berkeley https://www.berkeley.edu along with researchers at Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc., http://wwwcoteraneuro.com. (more…)

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RERC Program Seeks Tech

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) part of the Administration for Community Living within HHS https://acl.gov, seeks innovative technologies designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or to remove environmental barriers for individuals with disabilities. (more…)

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Providing Navigation Services

Today, it is sometimes difficult for employees to fully understand benefit programs, treatment options, and the best place to go for care. Increasing number of employers are working with employees to provide decision support along with tools to help employees navigate the complexities of the healthcare system.  (more…)

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VA Awards Contracts for CCNs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), https://www.va.gov awarded contracts to develop regional networks to assist high performing licensed healthcare providers. The new regional networks referred to as Community Care Networks (CCN) will work with VA providers and practitioners to provide medical dental and pharmacy services to eligible veterans who are unable to receive care at local VA medical centers. The CCNs will improve customer service, accountability, health information exchange, referrals and scheduling, and provider payments. (more…)

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HRSA Posts Grant Notice

On December 27, 2018, HRSA https://www.hrsa.gov within HHS posted the grant notice “Rural Health and Economic Development Analysis” (HRSA-19-065) with estimated program funding for $225,000. The goal is to increase stakeholder awareness of the economic impacts of rural healthcare sectors on rural, state, and national economies as well as the relationship between community economic development and health outcomes for rural residents. (more…)

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Advancing Telehealth in Oregon

The Oregon Broadband Advisory Council’s (OBAC) report presented to the State’s Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology, describes how Oregon is viewed as a leader in telehealth. This is due to progressive programs used by healthcare service providers and supported by state-level public policies. (more…)

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