HRSA Awards Grants

HRSA has awarded grants to rural health organizations in eight states in the Delta region to address chronic diseases that disproportionately affect the region. Nearly $5.4 million will be used to improve outcomes in the prevention and care of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  (more…)

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SAMHSA to Award IOM Contract

SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality within HHS published a Notice of Intent on August 6th at www.fbo.gov announcing that a contract would be awarded to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The funding would support a report on “Stage 3 MU Domains and Data Standards Determinants of Health to focus on factors influencing substance abuse risk and prognosis.  (more…)

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eHI’s Forum on Data & Analytics

The eHealth Initiative’s (eHI) 2nd Annual National Forum on Data and Analytics in Healthcare featured an array of speakers and panel discussions that tackled the difficult subject of data and analytics in a two day forum on August 1-2.  (more…)

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HHS Strategy for Accelerating HIEs

HHS released their new strategy for accelerating health information exchange to support delivery and payment.  Previously ONC and CMS released a Request for Information (RFI) on how HHS can advance interoperability and exchange. Over 200 RFI submissions from providers, payers, state-based associations and organization, and consumers were submitted.  (more…)

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STSI Studying mHealth Devices

Researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) led by digital health pioneer Dr. Eric Topol along with collaborators Qualcomm Life, HealthComp, and Accenture have launched “Wired for Health”. This clinical study is aimed at evaluating whether the integration of wireless technologies, online social networks, and medicine have a direct effect on healthcare spending and may help to lower costs. (more…)

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Medicaid Data Successfully Used

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has successfully used Wyoming Medicaid data to reduce the costs unnecessarily spent on a children’s medications. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a contagious viral disease that can lead to serious health problems in some people and is quite common in infants and young children. (more…)

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FDA Grants Market Clearance

FDA has granted Alere™ Connect a 510 (k) market clearance for their “Alere MobileLink” and also cleared the device for over-the-counter use with other FDA cleared devices including blood pressure monitors, glucose meters and weight scales. The “Alere MobileLink” also recently received CE Mark certification to allow the product to be marketed in Europe and in the U.S later this year. (more…)

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