21st Century Cures Act Passes

The “21st Century Cures Act” www.congress.gov will bring the promise of cures to people with Alzheimer’s cancer, Parkinson’s, develop new treatments for opioid addiction, and other life threatening diseases. (more…)

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Upgrades for 1st Responders

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “Next-Generation Incident Command System” (NICS) www.dhs.gov/publication/next-generation-incident-command-system is going to be implemented in some NATO member and partner countries to help first responders. (more…)

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University Awards Grants

The Department of Family Medicine www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/fammed within the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU) has received several large grants this year to improve primary healthcare in rural areas. Totaling $4.5 million, the grants were awarded by HRSA www.hrsa.gov within HHS. (more…)

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Electronically Assessing Wounds

Electronically diagnosing wounds is particularly important in medical centers, long term acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and to to remotely connect with specialists if providers are located in rural communities. (more…)

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Senate Passes ECHO Act

Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) www.schatz.senate.gov and Orrin (R-Utah) www.hatch.senate.gov were happy to see the “Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes” (ECHO) legislation pass in the Senate by a vote of 97-0. The ECHO Act is a bipartisan and innovative response to connect primary care providers who practice in rural and underserved areas. (more…)

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Developing New Computer Tools

“Creating computers that can understand human language and make intelligent decisions based on programmed reasoning skills is a more challenging computational problem than most people can appreciate”, said Georgia D. Tourassi, Director, Health Data Sciences Institute (HDSI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) www.ornl.gov  and Co-Principal for a research project between ORNL and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) www.cancer.gov. (more…)

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MN Publishes e-Health Report

The State of Minnesota published the “2016 Minnesota HIT Ambulatory Clinics Survey, an annual survey of clinics in the state that details the state’s progress implementing e-health. Nearly all ambulatory clinics in the state have adopted EHRs representing 1,257 clinics in 2016. Epic is the dominant EHR vendor system used by 51 percent of clinics in the state.  (more…)

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