Louisiana’s Current Initiatives

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum e-News reports that the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE) is expected to launch their Patient Portal this summer enabling consumers to have access to their personal EHRs.  (more…)

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Bioengineered Vein Implanted

For the first time, a team of doctors at Duke University Hospital have created a bioengineered blood vessel and transplanted it into the arm of a patient with end-stage kidney disease. This procedure, the first U.S. clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of the bioengineered blood vessel is a milestone in the field of tissue engineering.  (more…)

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Governor Signs SB 340

The Governor of Alabama signed Senate Bill 340 in June to help people enrolled in Medicaid by helping them to have access to well-managed care. In 2012, the Governor established the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission to evaluate the financial stability of Alabama Medicaid. Bill 340 was the result of the Commission’s work.  (more…)

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Briefing on Health IT

A “Health Affairs” briefing July 9th hosted at the National Press Club in Washington D.C, discussed the latest trends on health information technology adoption among U.S. healthcare providers and hospitals. (more…)

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Telehealth Services at the VA

Adam Darkins, Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services at the Veterans Administration discussed the scope of the VA’s telehealth services at the ATA Federal Telemedicine Policy Summit held in June in Washington D.C. Darkins anticipates that the VA’s telehealth services will grow by around 29 percent annually. (more…)

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Research Grants Awarded

NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute awarded the first set of grants to fund Genomic Medicine Pilot Demonstration Projects (GMPDP). The first four grants went to Duke University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, University of Florida, and to the University of Pennsylvania. The four year grants total more than $2.6 million for the first year and if funding remains available, approximately $12.8 million will be available overall. (more…)

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Telemedicine Helping Children

AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. (AMD) has released Telemed ED, a school-based clinical telemedicine system that enables children to be seen by a healthcare provider without leaving school for an appointment. (more…)

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