Clinical Trial for Veterans with Diabetes

Approximately 12 percent of all veterans with type 2 diabetes contribute disproportionately to the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) https://www.va.gov/health burden of diabetes in terms of complications and costs. VHA needs effective practical management alternatives for veterans whose diabetes does not respond to clinic-based management. (more…)

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Using Telehealth for Mental Health

Madison County in Texas is considered both a mental health and primary care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). The county found that about 20 percent of the residents surveyed have been diagnosed with mental issues such as depression and/or anxiety. (more…)

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FirstNet & UMMC Sign MOU

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) https://www.firstnet.gov and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) https://www.umc.edu/UMMC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on innovation emergency medical care and response as well as provide mobile broadband for rural first responders in Mississippi and nationwide. (more…)

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CMS Rethinking Rural Health

According to CMS https://cms.gov Administrator Seema Verma, “Rural Americans face many obstacles as a result of our fragmented healthcare system. This includes living in communities with disproportionally higher poverty rates, more chronic conditions, and more uninsured or underinsured individuals. As a result, Medicare payment changes are needed to bring stability to rural hospitals.” (more…)

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Seeking to Reduce Heart Disease

More than 859,000 Americans die of heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular diseases every year. With a FY 2019 budget of $165 million, CDC https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/index.htm is looking for ways to reduce these risk factors especially for groups affected by health disparities which can differ across different geographic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. To help find solutions, CDC funds and guides states, cities, tribes, and territories to use interventions to prevent and manage heart disease and stroke. (more…)

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Digital Health Guideline Released

The World Health Organization https://www.who.int (WHO) recently released new recommendations on ten ways that countries can use digital health technologies accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers. (more…)

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VA & DOD Publish Joint Plan

The Secretaries of Veterans Affairs https://www.va.gov  and the Department of Defense https://www.defense.gov are required to develop and publish a joint strategic vision statement and a joint strategic plan to shape, focus, and prioritize the coordination and sharing efforts among the two agencies. The Joint Executive Committee recently released the Joint Strategic Plan (JSP).  (more…)

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