Bills Introduced on the Hill

Representative Scott Peters from California has introduced the “Health Savings Through Technology Act” (H.R 3577) to advocate for a smarter way to deliver healthcare in the U.S. by increasing the use of wireless technologies. (more…)

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McKesson Foundation Award

The Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare has been awarded one of FY 13 research grants from the McKesson Foundation’s Mobilizing for Health Initiative. The grant funding will help develop an interactive mobile health program to improve medication adherence and clinical outcomes in patients with cancer. (more…)

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Spotlight on Healthcare Workforce Issues

The November issue of Health Affairs highlights the U.S healthcare workforce and how to provide expanded coverage and new models of care as well as address the needs of an aging population.  The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) report that unless the U.S acts now, America will face a shortage of more than 90,000 doctors in ten years. (more…)

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2014 MATRC Summit: Save the Date

The 2014 Mid Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Annual Summit (MATRC) will be held at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center in Fredericksburg Virginia on March 30-April 1, 2014.

The Summit will examine the ways that telehealth adds value to patients, practitioners, hospitals, health systems, and other facilities. Opportunities exist for organizations and companies to promote their business and services at the Summit.

Aneesch Chopra, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Virginia Secretary of Technology, and Senior Advisor to the Advisory Board Company has been invited to speak at the luncheon to be held on Monday March 31, 2013.

Participants will explore the concept of “value-added” through a highly interactive program that is built around the case history of “Mr. Doe” as he meanders through the primary care inpatient hospitalization, and post-discharge environs.

Other topics include:

  • Telehealth in the Post-Discharge Environment
  • Telehealth in the Inpatient Environment
  • State meetings with Delaware, D.C, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Telehealth in the Primary Care Environment

 

The Summit will conclude with a session on financial and business models for providing sustainable telehealth services.

Registration is now open so please register to take advantage of early bird discounts. To register for this premier event, go to http://www.matrc.org, and click on 2014 MATRC Telehealth Summit.

For questions, or more information contact Ladi Carr at LadiCarr@virginia.edu or call (434) 243-5703.

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VA’s Thoughts on “Big Data”

The ECRI Institute’s Conference on “Big Data” held November 13-14, 2013 held at the National Academy of Sciences brought experts together to discuss the use and reliability of “Big Data” in healthcare. Conference presenters and attendees represented public and private health systems providers, insurers, government agencies, researchers, and employers. (more…)

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CalOHII Awards Contracts

The State of California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) awarded contracts to three organizations to participate in an electronic Personal Health Record (PHR) demonstration project. Currently, there is nothing that exists to aid Health Information Service Providers (HISP), Health Information Organizations, or providers in evaluating the suitability of PHRs for inclusion in their delivery of care. The pilot will help establish policies and procedures for identifying use cases and PHRs. (more…)

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FDA Approves Medical Device

FDA has approved a device to treat epilepsy to help reduce the frequency of seizures in patients who have not responded well to medications.  According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy affects nearly 3 million in the U.S and is the third most common neurological disorder, after Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke. About 40 percent of people with epilepsy are severely affected and continue to have seizures despite treatment.  (more…)

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