America’s Rural Health Reality

Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) at HHS, described the health challenges existing in rural America at the Alliance for Health Care Reform Briefing held July 26th in Washington D.C. He reported that over 50 million people live in rural areas and make up nearly 20 percent of the total population spread across 80 percent of the country. Rural residents tend to be older, sicker, and more dependent on public payers.  (more…)

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Telemedicine-Based Eye Exams

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) provide access to primary care for medically underserved populations including those that are uninsured or covered by Medicaid. One program was initiated to improve access to specialty care in FQHCs by using telemedicine for eye exams.  (more…)

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Michigan’s Health Technology Progress

The Southeast Michigan Beacon Community (SEMBC) Health Information Exchange referred to as BeaconLink2Health is an all new community resource for the entire healthcare delivery system in Southeast Michigan. BeaconLink2Health makes it possible for users to access, view, understand, and act on community-level patient information via a secure HIE. (more…)

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TruClinic Expanding Telehealth Services

TruClinic™ located in Salt Lake City is vastly expanding their reach of their cloud-based telehealth portal by establishing a partnership with Bennett Group International. This collaboration will enable practitioners and patients to have video-based online visits and consultations with just a computing device, internet connection, and a webcam.  (more…)

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Medical Incubator Launched

Palomar Health located in Northern San Diego County and Qualcomm Life, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc. has launched Glassomics, an incubator to explore the application of a wearable computing medicine. The initial glassware prototypes will be led by Sparseware, a San Diego-based software engineering firm.    (more…)

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Mobile Security a Top Priority

Systems are now being developed to ensure classified information can be transmitted securely on mobile devices used by the federal workforce. These systems will ultimately be used by industries in this country from banking to healthcare, according to Greg Youst, Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Chief Mobility engineer. (more…)

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Veterans & Mobile Health

The VA is using mobile health technology to support their patient-centered healthcare delivery model. As part of the VA’s Mobile Health program, the Department is going to release a series of secure Apps to enable wireless technologies to support veterans, caregivers, and VA care teams. Each set of Apps will focus on empowering users with the tools they need to facilitate, manage, and organize their healthcare information to improve data sharing. (more…)

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