MedicaSoft Joins OSEHRA Community

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in EHR software has just announced that MedicaSoft, LLC has joined the OSEHRA community as a Corporate Member.

“The advancement of health IT through the use of open source best practices is a pressing challenge that will require many new software tools, skill sets, and organizational processes,” said Dr. Seong Ki Mun, OSEHRA CEO and President. “We look forward to partnering with MedicaSoft to accelerate innovation in health IT both in the U.S. and internationally.”

This follows the April 25, 2013 announcement by MedicaSoft that Mike O’Neill, former Senior Advisor at the Department of Veterans Affairs has joined the firm as their new CEO. O’Neill, an expert in the introduction of new technologies into care environments, joins MedicaSoft after three years with the VA.

At the VA, he was a member of the VA Center for Innovation founding team and  led programs introducing technology innovations and business practices in healthcare and claims processing in telehealth and the VA’s Blue Button personal health record. He also spearheaded VA’s open source EHRs initiative and served on the OSEHRA board of Directors.

“Hospitals and clinicians often struggle to adapt information technology to achieve better results, lower costs, and accurately document care. The power and flexibility of open source software can help achieve those outcomes,” said O’Neill.

MedicSoft as part of OSEHRA’s Corporate Forum has joined the other members of the Forum that includes InterSystems, Inc., DSS, Inc., Medsphere Systems Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, AEGIS.net, Inc., The MITRE Corporation, AssureRX Health Inc., Oroville Hospital, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Spin Systems, Inc.

For more information on MedicaSoft, go to www.medicasoftllc.com or follow on Twitter @MedicaSoftLLC.

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Panel to Highlight WLSA Summit

With an emphasis on encouraging wider adoption of mobile health technology, The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance’s Eighth Annual Convergence Summit on Mobile Health May 28-30 at the Omni San Diego Hotel will highlight a panel discussion on the “Engaged Health Consumer” slated for May 30th the last day of the event.

The “Engaged Health Consumer” panel discussion will link the Summit’s theme directly to consumers, who use and benefit from myriad wireless health innovations on a widening array of technology devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and TVs. 

The panel event will be moderated by Jeff Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Sharecare, a health and wellness social engagement platform that helps people live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high quality information from national experts and healthcare providers along with the availability of interactive tools.

Panelists will include James H. Fowler, PhD and Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science at UC San Diego, Brendan Gallagher Senior VP of Emerging Technology & Channels at Digitas Health, and Dr. Daniel Kraft, a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator.

Robert D. McCray Co-Founder and CEO of WLSA will present remarks at the opening of the WLSA Summit. Featured talks will follow presented by Joseph C Kvedor MD, Director Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare, Chris Penrose, Senior VP Emerging Devices Organization at AT&T, and Harry Greenspun MD, Senior Advisor for Health Care Transformation and Technology at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

New plenary speakers just announced include Andrew Anderson, Global Lead for Strategy and Disruptive Innovation within Corporate R&D at PepsiCo, Igor Gershfang, Senior Director for Emerging Technology Solutions within the business innovation group at Walgreens, and Dr. Peter Cowhey, Dean and Qualcomm Professor of Communications and Technology Policy at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.

The Convergence Summit will bring together key players to explore how applications of wireless technology can transform the delivery and cost of delivering essential healthcare. This year, participants will have opportunities for structured networking with the most dedicated and innovative though leaders in healthcare and health technology, such as Qualcomm Life, Ascension Health, China Mobile, and Sanofi.

For more information, go to www.wirelesslifesciences.org or email Molly Cogan at mcogan@wirelesslifesciences.org or go to http://wirelesslifesciences.org/what-we-do/convergence-summit/agenda to view the near final agenda for the Summit.

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DHS Support for First Responders

The goal of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and the First Responders Group (FRG) is to determine the response community’s needs and requirements, provide technical assistance, share data and critical information, and develop innovative solutions to the challenges faced during day-to-day and large scale emergencies. (more…)

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AF Surgeon General Recaps Achievements

Lieutenant General Thomas Travis, Air Force Surgeon General on April 24, 2013 testified on Defense Health Programs before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense. He reported on the highlights of the Air Force’s progress in working closely with Defense, Army, and Navy colleagues to achieve the Military Health System (MHS) Quadruple Aim through the goals of readiness, better health, better care, and best value. (more…)

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State Partnership Notice Issued

The HHS Assistant Secretary for Health’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) issued a notice on April 25th for the “FY 13 State partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health” (MP-STT-13-001).

The grant program’s goal is to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations by developing policies and programs to help eliminate health disparities. OMH in leading this effort serves as the focal point in HHS for leadership, policy development and coordination, service demonstrations, information exchange, and coalition and partnership building to address the health needs of minorities. (more…)

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FDA Launches Partnership

FDA has established a public-private partnership to help identify counterfeit or substandard anti-malarial medicines including falsified products by deploying the FDA-developed Counterfeit Detection Device (CD-3).

Malaria kills more than 660,000 people globally each year, mostly children. The threat of drug resistance, limited availability of medications, and the increased distribution of counterfeit or substandard anti-malarial medicine pose significant challenges to treating the disease. (more…)

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Helping Rural Areas

In January, Governor McDonnell of Virginia established the Rural Jobs Council to ensure that there is a continued focus on rural areas in the state in terms of the business environment and the quality of life. The Council’s Infrastructure Subcommittee held a meeting to discuss and develop ideas related to issues impacting rural communities.

The Rural Jobs Council submitted a report on April 4, 2013 to the Governor including suggestions on broadband, healthcare, plus other issues related to transportation, regionalism, site identification, education, water/wastewater, and ready prepared sites. (more…)

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