Funding for HIT in Rural Areas

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on September 11, 2013 that nearly $5.3 million in grants will help expand the rural health information technology workforce and expand the use of telehealth to improve mental health services for veterans in rural areas. (more…)

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NIH Launches National Registry

NIH has launched DS-Connect at https://dsconnect.nih.gov, a web-based health registry to serve as a national health resource for people with Down syndrome and their families, researchers, and healthcare providers. NIH has applied for trademark protection for the name DS-Connect. (more…)

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GLNT Expanding Telemedicine for PD

Parkinson’s disease, (PD) a neurodegenerative disorder affects over six million people worldwide. Individuals can be affected by tremor, slowed movements, rigidity, and gait abnormalities. Chronic use common therapies to treat motor symptoms often cause a side effect known as dyskinesias, which are involuntary and irregular rapid movements. (more…)

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VA’s Research & Tech Transfer Update

Unlike other Federal agencies, the Veterans Administration (VA) does not have laboratories where the predominant function is research. The VA includes research as part of each Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) which means that each VAMC is considered a Federal laboratory. (more…)

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Bosch Initiates Telehealth Partnerships

The Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems (Bosch Healthcare) has formed a strategic partnership with Remedy Health Media to develop and market an innovative suite of web-based products and solutions to support better patient engagement in telehealth and compliance with medical care. (more…)

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DOD Releases Funding Opportunity

Military personnel who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) face an increased risk for developing several long-term health problems. These conditions can include Alzheimer’s-like dementia, aggression, memory loss, depression, and symptoms similar to those of other neurological diseases. (more…)

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Locating Rural Healthcare Gaps

Although most of the larger Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers are located in urban areas, the veteran population is spread throughout the country. Nearly 6 million veterans and 36 percent of the 8.3 million Veterans Health Administration (VHA) enrollees live in rural areas. It is very important for the VHA to determine where rural veterans live in relation to VA services in order to improve their access to care. (more…)

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