Interview With Connected Health Symposium Organizing Chair Joe Ternullo

As organizing chair and founder of the Connected Health Symposium, Joe Ternullo is working with his talented team of co-chairs on the next Symposium October 24 -25 in Boston – with a timely theme “Collaborations and Innovations to Engage Patients and Elevate Care.”

Given that this is the 10th annual Symposium – a milestone event – Joe gave an interview to the Federal Telemedicine News to offer his perspective on the growing importance of the Symposium over the past decade and on notable changes we’ve seen in the field of health IT over the past ten years.

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NIBIB Seeks Tech to Measure BP

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) within NIH posted a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on July 11, 2013, seeking technologies to measure blood pressure in low-resource settings in the U.S and India. NIBIB plans to commit $2 million in FY 2014 to fund up to three applications.  (more…)

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FDA Permits Marketing of Brain Device

FDA allows marketing of the first medical device based on brain function to assess Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents 6 to 17 years old. ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in childhood. According to the American Psychiatric Association, nine percent of adolescents in the U.S have ADHD. (more…)

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SAMHSA Awards $750,000 in Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded $750,000 in grants to enable opioid treatment programs to develop and use EHRs. These systems will enable opioid treatment programs to fulfill their regulatory requirements, achieve certified status, and become interoperable with other patient health record systems.  (more…)

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Developing Implantable Computer

For the past eight years, NIH has funded researchers at Case Western Reserve University’s Functional Electrical Simulation Center (FSC) to help researchers test and commercialize a fully implantable computer network. The system will make it possible for a quadriplegic to move arms and legs, control breathing and bladder, coughs and much more.  (more…)

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Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse

NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse on July 16th released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) through their SBIR program, seeking ways to avoid the abuse, misuse, and diversion of prescription opioids by patients. The CDC has recently classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. (more…)

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Telemedicine Brief Released

The State of Maryland is expanding telemedicine in the state to improve access to care and generate cost savings. According to the Maryland Health Care Commission’s “July 2013 Telemedicine Information Brief”, Governor Martin O’Malley in May signed into law Senate Bill 776 titled “Telemedicine Task Force –Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC)”.  (more…)

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