News from Georgia

Researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University along with partners at Georgia Tech received a $4 million grant from NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The funding  will be used to establish the “Health and Exposome Research Center: Understanding Lifetime Exposures” to be referred to as the HERCULES Center located at Emory. (more…)

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Evolving Regulatory & Legal Issues

Key executives and leaders with related interests in the health technology field presented their ideas on evolving legal and federal regulatory requirements, lessons learned from real life experiences, and thoughts on privacy issues and rules. Neal Neuberger, Executive Director for the Institute for e-Health Policy welcomed the speakers at the Congressional Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics luncheon briefing held May 22nd on Capitol Hill.  (more…)

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Improving Medicaid Efficiency

In Alabama, Medicaid reform legislation to ultimately restructure the state’s healthcare delivery system for low-income citizens was approved in the Alabama Senate and delivered to the Governor for his signature. The legislation is based largely on the earlier recommendations of the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission’s recommendations that Alabama be divided into regions with a community-led network established to coordinate the healthcare of Medicaid patients in each region. (more…)

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Register for ATA’s Telemedicine Summit

Don’t miss the opportunity to come to the American Telemedicine Association Federal Telemedicine Policy Summit on June 27-28, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington D.C to interact with Congress, key federal agencies, and influential policy thinkers about the latest developments affecting telemedicine. (more…)

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Data Helps Prevent Injuries

The Defense Department’s goal is to understand threats in the field so that improved tactics, techniques, and procedures can be developed to prevent or mitigate traumatic injuries in combat. The “Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat” (JTAPIC) program is a partnership among DOD intelligence, operational, medical, and materiel development communities to collect, integrate, and analyze injury and operational data from the theater. (more…)

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NHGRI Pushing Cancer Innovation

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) within NIH continues to push the boundaries of innovation. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) a flagship program that NHGRI co-funds with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is doing research to understand the molecular basis of cancer. This is being done by carefully examining the genomes of individual cancers looking specifically for alterations in DNA and RNA and how these changes can drive the disease. (more…)

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Army Improving CRI

Researchers at the Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) in San Antonio and at Fort Sam Houston Texas are improving medical monitors that have been used in clinics and hospitals since the early 1970s helping physicians and medical staffs assess a patient’s condition. The Compensatory Reserve Index (CRI) is a new algorithm that uses the information obtained from a standard pulse oximeter and gauges whether a patient requires resuscitation or immediate medical attention. (more…)

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