Public Health Challenges in States

Major challenges are facing the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) http://www.astho.org including limited resources but also by emerging health threats and the availability of a skilled workforce. This is reported in the ASTHO “2018-2021 Strategic Plan”, http://www.astho.org/About/2018-2021-ASTHO-Strategic-Plan(more…)

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HHS Grant Forecast Posted

The Administration for Children and Families within HHS has posted their Forecasted Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (HHS-2018-ACYF-CA-1383) with the FOA estimated to be posted July 03, 2018. The FOA will solicit proposals to develop and expand test and chat-based capabilities for child maltreatment prevention, resource sharing, detection, and reporting. (more…)

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Future for Medical Device Safety

FDA’s release of the “Medical Device Safety Action Plan: Protecting Patients, Promoting Public Health” is the vision for the future as related to medical device safety. The plan outlines how the agency will encourage innovation to improve safety, detect safety risks earlier, and keep doctors and patients better informed. (more…)

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VA’s Research on Diabetes

Veterans with type 2 diabetes and elevated triglycerides at risk for cardiac events may be eligible to participate in a new study sponsored by the KOWA Research Institute www.knowaus.com. (more…)

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ED Psychiatric Consults via Telehealth

As reported in a study published 2016 in “Health Affairs”, https://www.healthaffaiars.org,   roughly 13 percent of all Emergency Department (ED) visits require a mental health consult and that percentage is increasing. (more…)

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Upgrading Care Delivery for Patients

The Independence Health Group (Independence) https://www.ibx.com  headquartered in Philadelphia and the parent of Independence Blue Cross https://my.xfinity.comm, are in the process of launching a patient-centered technology and communications platform with Comcast to improve the efficiency of the care delivery process. (more…)

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Improving Care for MS Patients

Dartmouth-Hitchcock https://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org hopes to improve the quality of care for people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an incurable and debilitating disease of the central nervous system “MS can cause a variety of physical and emotional challenges”, reports Brant Oliver PhD, Assistant Professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Geisel School of Medicine. (more…)

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