KU’s Liver Bank Updates Data

The Liver Bank financially supported by the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the University of Kansas Hospital is an outgrowth of the hospital’s active liver transplant practice. The Liver Bank serves as a multi-year repository for tissue specimens from excess surgical material in liver transplants, resections, and biopsies. The samples are categorized within a separate database housing extensive clinical and pathological data that is also maintained. (more…)

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NCI Approves Genomics Cloud Pilots

The growth of biomedical research data presents challenges to researchers in the field. One possible solution suggested would be to develop a “Cancer Genomics Cloud” to provide co-located storage and computational infrastructure pre-loaded with National Cancer Institute (NCI) public data. The Cancer Genomics Cloud would reduce the need for millions of dollars to be spent on equipment and staff to download the entire NCI public data. (more…)

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Preventing Hospital Readmissions

CMS reports that 76 percent of hospital readmissions within 30 days are preventable. The potential savings associated with preventing readmissions is estimated to be $31 billion annually so that accountable care organizations and hospitals are looking at ways to cut costs. (more…)

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New York Releases RFP

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking vendors to maintain and enhance the web-based New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS). The NYSIIS is a tool that is increasingly used to support the goals and objectives of not only programs within the Bureau of Immunizations, but also other programs throughout the NYSDOH. (more…)

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UMMC Initiates New Telehealth Center

The Delta Regional Authority and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) have initiated a new telehealth delivery and education center to increase access to affordable quality healthcare and expand medical training to providers across the state of Mississippi.  (more…)

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Equipment Market in France

The Brief “France: Medical Equipment Market” published July 2013 by the Department of Commerce’s U.S Commercial Service, puts the total market demand in France for medical equipment at USD 6.987 billion in 2013 with imports accounting for USD 3.699 billion. (more…)

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Update on “Doc Fix”

The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) or called the “Doc Fix” is a complex formula used to set annual expenditure targets for Medicare to adjust physician payment to keep Medicare spending from exceeding the rate of GDP growth. Basically, SGR is a complex formula that incorporates inflation, projected per capita GDP growth, the projected rise in Medicare Part B beneficiaries, and the cost of any changes in law. (more…)

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