mCARE in Bangladesh

The Fogarty International Center’s newsletter “Global Health Matters”, reports that women’s lives are often threatened during pregnancy and childbirth by complications such as hemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, and obstructed labor in Bangladesh.

Researcher Shegufta Sikder working with a team from Johns Hopkins University is developing a mobile health system to reduce these risks and improve emergency obstetric care for Bangladeshi mothers.

The mobile phone-based platform called “mCARE” is a pregnancy and neonatal health information system to connect rural health workers and facilities with pregnant women and their newborns. (more…)

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NIH Issues RFI

On March 13th, NIH issued a Request for Information (RFI) looking for suggestions or ideas related to the NIH FY 2012-2018 Strategic Plan for the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP). NIH is making plans to improve the prevention research portfolio.

The ODP wants to have input from researchers in academia, industry, healthcare professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and from other people in the public. Organizations are encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their group and the group’s membership as a whole. (more…)

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The Department of Veterans Affairs within the Office of R&D funds the “Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence” (CREATE) initiative. The objective for CREATE is to encourage research on high priority issues affecting the healthcare of veterans, perform critical research on PTSD, develop teams to deliver more efficient care, manage pain more effectively, work with veterans with substance use disorders, develop teamwork to specifically help the health needs of women veterans, and study how to best treat veterans with mental disorders. (more…)

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Register for the 8th WLSA Summit

The Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is gearing up to present a stellar lineup of speakers and rich networking opportunities at its 8th Annual “Wireless Health Convergence Summit” to take place May 28-30 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego.

The theme of this year’s conference “Moving Healthcare from Innovation to Adoption” will focus on educating and aligning stakeholders throughout the healthcare ecosystem on the many innovative solutions available driving enhanced health outcomes and more efficient healthcare services. Today, innovative ideas are needed by healthcare providers, insurers, technology innovators, governmental and non-governmental agencies, patient advocates, and many others. (more…)

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Bills to Help Telehealth & Telemedicine

Legislation (S4023-2013) was recently introduced in the New York Senate to develop and provide telehealth and telemedicine services in the state and also establish telehealth and telemedicine development research grants.

The purpose of this bill is to expand and improve telehealth and telemedicine programs in communities across the state and develop an integrated telecommunications system. Congress has recognized the benefits to providing essential services but the issues related to telehealth and telemedicine are more complex at the state level because each state has the authority to set its own requirements for licensure and credentialing, as well as different rules for insurance and Medicaid programs. (more…)

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New Opportunities in Michigan

A new entrepreneurial training program for inventors in Michigan aims to fast-track technologies to market and boost the economic impact of research conducted in the state. This spring the Michigan I-Corps ( will be launched to help researchers in the state identify and assess potential applications and business opportunities for their technologies. (more…)

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Improving Healthcare in Iraq

Basically, modern medical care and medications are not widely available in Iraq due to the conflict which has left some medical facilities non-operational and medication stocks and supplies severely depleted. In 2011, USAID awarded University Research Company LLC a four year Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (PHCPI) to help the Ministry of Health improve the quality of care for the Iraqi people.

PHCPI is working to provide not only essential primary health care services but also to expand services throughout the country, and provide services for vulnerable and at-risk populations to include children under five, women, and displaced persons. (more…)

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