Pediatric Cardiology Partnership

A new state-of-the-art facility dedicated to pediatric cardiac imaging and intervention is going to be co-established by NIH and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. The Center will combine cardiac imaging expertise at NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) with clinical care at Children’s hospital. (more…)

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NIHB’s REC Achieving Goals

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Regional Extension Center (REC) is entering its final project year as reported in the April 2013 Indian Health Service Office of Information Technology Newsletter. To date, the NIHB REC has signed up 3,036 Primary Care Providers working in Indian Health System facilities to receive REC health IT services. (more…)

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Technology and Hospice Care

 As America’s population ages demand for high quality hospice care is growing. As a result, innovative providers are searching for new services that add to the well-being, comfort, and peace of mind of patients and families.

The Hospice of the Western Reserve, a non-profit hospice organization is providing care and support throughout Northern Ohio by using telyHD™ video calling devices installed in 42 patient rooms at their residential care facility called the Ames Family Hospice House. (more…)

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LLNL Looking for Technology Partners

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have developed their Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA) technology to detect bacteria, viruses, and other organisms.

Emerging known and unknown pathogens create threats to public health so the ability to rapidly detect and characterize microbial agents is critically needed to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks. This technology can also be used to help determine the safety of products, useful for molecular diagnostics, homeland security, and for forensics.

Existing detection technologies are based on nucleic acid amplification of sequences from one or a small set of organisms. While they are able to rapidly identify selected pathogens at the species or strain level, they can’t be multiplexed to the degree required to detect hundreds to thousands of different organisms.

The laboratory has developed the probes for the microarray and the software to analyze the microarray data and now LLNL is looking for partners to license as well as partners to develop additional capabilities.

For more information on ID 22110, email Ida Shum at shum3@llnl.gov.

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MedicaSoft Joins OSEHRA Community

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in EHR software has just announced that MedicaSoft, LLC has joined the OSEHRA community as a Corporate Member.

“The advancement of health IT through the use of open source best practices is a pressing challenge that will require many new software tools, skill sets, and organizational processes,” said Dr. Seong Ki Mun, OSEHRA CEO and President. “We look forward to partnering with MedicaSoft to accelerate innovation in health IT both in the U.S. and internationally.”

This follows the April 25, 2013 announcement by MedicaSoft that Mike O’Neill, former Senior Advisor at the Department of Veterans Affairs has joined the firm as their new CEO. O’Neill, an expert in the introduction of new technologies into care environments, joins MedicaSoft after three years with the VA.

At the VA, he was a member of the VA Center for Innovation founding team and  led programs introducing technology innovations and business practices in healthcare and claims processing in telehealth and the VA’s Blue Button personal health record. He also spearheaded VA’s open source EHRs initiative and served on the OSEHRA board of Directors.

“Hospitals and clinicians often struggle to adapt information technology to achieve better results, lower costs, and accurately document care. The power and flexibility of open source software can help achieve those outcomes,” said O’Neill.

MedicSoft as part of OSEHRA’s Corporate Forum has joined the other members of the Forum that includes InterSystems, Inc., DSS, Inc., Medsphere Systems Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, AEGIS.net, Inc., The MITRE Corporation, AssureRX Health Inc., Oroville Hospital, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Spin Systems, Inc.

For more information on MedicaSoft, go to www.medicasoftllc.com or follow on Twitter @MedicaSoftLLC.

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Panel to Highlight WLSA Summit

With an emphasis on encouraging wider adoption of mobile health technology, The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance’s Eighth Annual Convergence Summit on Mobile Health May 28-30 at the Omni San Diego Hotel will highlight a panel discussion on the “Engaged Health Consumer” slated for May 30th the last day of the event.

The “Engaged Health Consumer” panel discussion will link the Summit’s theme directly to consumers, who use and benefit from myriad wireless health innovations on a widening array of technology devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and TVs. 

The panel event will be moderated by Jeff Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Sharecare, a health and wellness social engagement platform that helps people live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high quality information from national experts and healthcare providers along with the availability of interactive tools.

Panelists will include James H. Fowler, PhD and Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science at UC San Diego, Brendan Gallagher Senior VP of Emerging Technology & Channels at Digitas Health, and Dr. Daniel Kraft, a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator.

Robert D. McCray Co-Founder and CEO of WLSA will present remarks at the opening of the WLSA Summit. Featured talks will follow presented by Joseph C Kvedor MD, Director Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare, Chris Penrose, Senior VP Emerging Devices Organization at AT&T, and Harry Greenspun MD, Senior Advisor for Health Care Transformation and Technology at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

New plenary speakers just announced include Andrew Anderson, Global Lead for Strategy and Disruptive Innovation within Corporate R&D at PepsiCo, Igor Gershfang, Senior Director for Emerging Technology Solutions within the business innovation group at Walgreens, and Dr. Peter Cowhey, Dean and Qualcomm Professor of Communications and Technology Policy at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.

The Convergence Summit will bring together key players to explore how applications of wireless technology can transform the delivery and cost of delivering essential healthcare. This year, participants will have opportunities for structured networking with the most dedicated and innovative though leaders in healthcare and health technology, such as Qualcomm Life, Ascension Health, China Mobile, and Sanofi.

For more information, go to www.wirelesslifesciences.org or email Molly Cogan at mcogan@wirelesslifesciences.org or go to http://wirelesslifesciences.org/what-we-do/convergence-summit/agenda to view the near final agenda for the Summit.

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DHS Support for First Responders

The goal of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and the First Responders Group (FRG) is to determine the response community’s needs and requirements, provide technical assistance, share data and critical information, and develop innovative solutions to the challenges faced during day-to-day and large scale emergencies. (more…)

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