FCC Discussing Connected Care

The FCC’s https://www.fcc.gov top priority is to increase digital opportunities especially in the area of healthcare. The FCC on July 12, 2018 issued a Notice of Inquiry as a first step in developing a Universal Service Fund (USF) pilot program to explore how to promote the use of broadband-enabled telehealth services and applications especially for low income families and low income veterans. (more…)

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Navajo Nation Requests MCO

The President of the Navaho Nation http://www.navajo-nsn.gov Russell Begaye met with HHS https://www.hhs.gov directors during a Navajo Regional Tribal Consultation in June to present the tribe’s priority health concerns to HHS. President Begaye requested that a Navajo owned and operated “Managed Care Organization (MCO) is needed to expand the Navajo nation’s current health system. (more…)

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PCORI Approves Funds for Children

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) https://pcori.org has approved a five year $4.5 million funding award to go to the research team at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center https://www.pbrc.edu. (more…)

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Device Helps Epilepsy Patients

A  patient at Houston Methodist https://www.houstonmethodist.org suffering from years of seizures that prevented the patient from working had a small battery-powered device implanted in his skull to control seizures. (more…)

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NCI FOA to Help Rural Areas

Rural communities face elevated rates of morbidity and mortality along with greater percentage for the potential death from the five leading causes of death, including cancer. Individuals in rural counties have an eight percent higher overall cancer mortality rate than those in urban areas. (more…)

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Connecting eICUs Worldwide

Royal Philips https://www.usa.philips.com and Japan-based Showa University just announced the launch of Japan’s first telemedicine intensive care (eICU) program at both Showa University Hospital and Showa Koto Toyosu Hospital https://wwwshowa-u.ac/en/index.html. (more…)

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NIH Awards UCI $6.3 Million

Two researchers at the University of California, Irvine’s Center on Stress and Health www.centeronstressandhealth.hs.uci.edu have received $6.3 million in grants from NIH https://www.nih.gov to develop and test digital interventions for stress and pain in children facing surgical procedures and/or children battling cancer. (more…)

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