Update on Broadband

On July 10, 2013, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) at www.firstnet.gov released ten Requests for Information (RFI) to obtain input from vendors and interested stakeholders on developing the nationwide wireless broadband network. Potential vendors have been invited to provide information on the radio access network (RAN) and the core network.  (more…)

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Army’s Disease Surveillance Actions

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command oversees preventive medicine and field surveillance in Afghanistan. Medical care and preventive medicine is a national responsibility but some aspects of preventive medicine such as disease surveillance affect all nations and are a shared responsibility.  (more…)

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Strategic Plan for 2014-18 Issued

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) has issued their Strategic Plan for 2014-2018 complete with six focus areas. The focus areas include delivery system alignment and integration, payment modernization, tribal care coordination, program integrity, health information technology, and quality assessment and improvement strategies. (more…)

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App Helps Minority Adolescents

Researchers are using motivational multimedia coupled with positive reinforcement via a smartphone app to improve asthma outcomes among low income minority adolescents with asthma. This NIH funded study is taking place at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). The application and device was created at UIC with seed funding provided by the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science. (more…)

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New Legislation Introduced

Representatives Erik Paulsen from Minnesota and Jim Matheson from Utah introduced legislation on Capitol Hill titled “The Critical Care Assessment and Improvement Act of 2013” to evaluate the nation’s critical care resources and infrastructure. The legislation is designed to identify gaps in the current critical care delivery model and bolster capabilities to meet future demand. (more…)

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Redesigning the Child Medical Record

The Gates Foundation invites submissions to the “Records for Life” contest with the purpose to produce accurate and accessible records for children. The competition is needed to redesign children’s health records in an effort to increase accuracy and make medical records easier to interpret and use. (more…)

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Sharing Justice and Health Info

People involved in the criminal justice system have significantly higher rates of behavioral and physical health problems than the general population. The rate of serious mental illness among incarcerated persons is estimated to be more than three times higher than in the general population. (more…)

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