USDA Investing in Rural Healthcare

Recently, it was announced that USDA https://www.usda.gov was providing more than $1 billion in FY 2017 to help improve access to healthcare services for 2.5 million people in rural communities in 41 states. So far, USDA has invested in 97 rural healthcare projects through the “Community Facilities Direct Loan Program” www.rd.usda.gov used to fund essential community services. (more…)

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Funds for Pharmacy Practices Research

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation www.asjpfoundation.org awarded funding to new investigators to study advances in pharmacy practices through the 2017-2018 “New Investigator Research Grant Program www.ashpfoundation.or/NewInvestigatorGrantees. (more…)

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Report on U.S Tech Startups

The release of a new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) https://itif.org indicates that the state of technology-based startup activity has been positive over the past decade in spite of some economy-wide declines in new business formation. The number of technology-based startups in the U.S economy grew a robust 47 percenter in the last decade. (more…)

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Loans to Finance Cataract Surgeries

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the rate of blindness and vision impairment is twice the global average while 80 percent of the cases are preventable or treatable. Half of those living with avoidable blindness are affected by cataracts, a clouding of the lens which can easily be treated with a simple 20 minute surgery. (more…)

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GSA Creates VETS 2

The General Services Administration (GSA) has created their new Veterans Technology Services 2 (VETS 2) Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). The new VETS 2 GWAC is the only GWAC set-aside exclusively for Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB). VETS 2 is designed to be flexible enough to meet diverse agency IT requirements, including new and emerging technologies. (more…)

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VA’s Tool Simplifies Jargon for Patients

VA’s NoteAid program automatically simplifies medical jargon so patients can better understand the clinician’s notes viewed through their online portal https://www.clinicalnotesaid.org. (more…)

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AHA & Lab Partnering on Drug Discovery

The American Heart Association (AHA) www.heart.org and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) https://www.llnl.gov have formed a strategic business partnership to work together to overcome the burden of drug discovery, cost, and access. (more…)

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