Montana’s Public Health Projects

Montana’s public health services are delivered primarily through contracts with local and tribal public health agencies in every county and reservation in the state as well as to private providers, clinics, hospitals, and other organizations. The Public Health and Safety Division (PHSD) leads the state’s public health efforts and provides state-level coordination of key public health services to local and tribal public health agencies.  (more…)

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Highlighting Telehealth Best Practices

Honeywell HomMed is featuring new case studies highlighting effective strategies for implementing telehealth programs. Each case study examines the challenges home healthcare agencies face and how telehealth solutions using patient monitoring services can work to improve outcomes. (more…)

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Pediatric Cardiology Partnership

A new state-of-the-art facility dedicated to pediatric cardiac imaging and intervention is going to be co-established by NIH and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. The Center will combine cardiac imaging expertise at NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) with clinical care at Children’s hospital. (more…)

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NIHB’s REC Achieving Goals

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Regional Extension Center (REC) is entering its final project year as reported in the April 2013 Indian Health Service Office of Information Technology Newsletter. To date, the NIHB REC has signed up 3,036 Primary Care Providers working in Indian Health System facilities to receive REC health IT services. (more…)

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Technology and Hospice Care

 As America’s population ages demand for high quality hospice care is growing. As a result, innovative providers are searching for new services that add to the well-being, comfort, and peace of mind of patients and families.

The Hospice of the Western Reserve, a non-profit hospice organization is providing care and support throughout Northern Ohio by using telyHD™ video calling devices installed in 42 patient rooms at their residential care facility called the Ames Family Hospice House. (more…)

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LLNL Looking for Technology Partners

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have developed their Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA) technology to detect bacteria, viruses, and other organisms.

Emerging known and unknown pathogens create threats to public health so the ability to rapidly detect and characterize microbial agents is critically needed to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks. This technology can also be used to help determine the safety of products, useful for molecular diagnostics, homeland security, and for forensics.

Existing detection technologies are based on nucleic acid amplification of sequences from one or a small set of organisms. While they are able to rapidly identify selected pathogens at the species or strain level, they can’t be multiplexed to the degree required to detect hundreds to thousands of different organisms.

The laboratory has developed the probes for the microarray and the software to analyze the microarray data and now LLNL is looking for partners to license as well as partners to develop additional capabilities.

For more information on ID 22110, email Ida Shum at

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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,, 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 or follow on Twitter @MedicaSoftLLC.

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