Safety-Net Populations: Innovative Ideas

Margaret Laws MPP, Director for California Healthcare Foundation’s Innovations for the Underserved, wants to see individuals, organizations, and companies develop new ideas so that underserved population in California and elsewhere will be able to afford healthcare. She was speaking recently at the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium held in Boston October 23-24, 2013. (more…)

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After Sandy: New Tech for Emergencies

One year after Hurricane Sandy, innovators are working to design new disaster response solutions. Recently, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy challenged the nation’s top public and private sector innovators to brainstorm for ideas, products, tools, apps, and services to help aid in disaster response. (more…)

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Quality & Patient Safety Efforts

The Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) at www.ihatoday.org through the Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality’s report “Improving Quality Care in Illinois Hospitals” is based on quality achievements at 200 hospitals and health systems across the state.  Overall results show reductions in seven key categories resulting in 843 instances where patient harm was avoided for a cost savings of more than $18 million. (more…)

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EHRs for Low Resource Settings

SmartCare a CDC Zambia initiated nationally scalable EHR system is designed specifically for low resource and disconnected settings. Dimagi a company headquartered in Cambridge Massachusetts is worked with the Zambian Ministry of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, Tulane University Technical Assistance Project Ethiopia (TUTAPE), and other groups to develop the SmartCare Platform. (more…)

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Care Delivery Technologies Discussed

A panel discussion on “New Care Delivery Technologies” held at the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium on October 24, 2013 in Boston was moderated by Eleanor Chye, PhD, Assistant Vice President, ForHealth at AT&T Advanced Business Solutions. She heads the AT&T ForHealth team founded in 2010 to accelerate the delivery of innovative mobile cloud-based and networking services and applications. (more…)

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NIAID to Develop Data Center

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) within NIH supports research to develop vaccines, therapeutics, medical devices, and medical diagnostics for the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of infectious and immune-mediated diseases. (more…)

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NIH Supports CTSA

NIH has awarded more than $79 million to support 15 Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). Led by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the CTSA program broadly develops, demonstrates, and disseminates health interventions. The program works with key partners including NIH institutes and centers, patient groups, communities, healthcare providers, industry, and regulatory organizations. (more…)

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