New Int’l VistA Version Launched

OSEHRA https://www.osehra.org just launched a new initiative to create an internationalized version of the VistA EHR system. Originally developed by the Veterans Administration, (VA), VistA has been periodically released to the public and enhanced by the OSEHRA community to create “OSEHA VistA, an open source resource for the entire EHR community. (more…)

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HRSA Posts Funding Notice

Health and Human Services Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within HHS, https://www.hrsa.gov posted a grant funding notice on August 28, 2018, titled “Rural Health Network Development Planning Program” (Network Planning) with estimated funding for $2,200,000 for 22 awards with a closing date for applications of November 30, 2018. (more…)

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Foundations Commit $30 M to Civica Rx

Three national foundations will provide $30 million to Civica Rx https://www.civicarx.org, a new not-for-profit generic drug company, to help patients address the shortages and high prices for lifesaving medications. (more…)

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Philips & Air Force Sign Agreement

Philips Healthcare https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare has signed a non-exclusive patent license agreement with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory https://www.wpath.af.mil/afrl for a mobile software application to provide integrated real-time patient monitoring. The patent license agreement completed on July 10, 2018, allows Philips to finalize product development (more…)

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FCC Auction Expands Broadband

Over 700,000 rural homes and small businesses will gain access to high speed Internet service for the first time through the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Results show that more than half of those 713,176 locations will have service available with download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second. (more…)

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Deploying New Telehealth Initiative

Partners HealthCare https://www.partners.org has deployed a new telehealth initiative called “Partners HealthCare On Demand” with Teladoc Health https://www.teledochealth.com . Partners HealthCare is now offering a new solution for urgent care which consists of video visits, provided by Partners clinicians for minor illnesses and injuries. (more…)

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Studying Children with Hearing Loss

Many children growing up in rural Alaska get frequent ear infections which can result in hearing loss, speech and language delays, plus the children may also have trouble in school. A state law in Alaska requires children to be screened for hearing loss at school but the current screenings might not detect all hearing loss and many students do get the needed follow-up care. (more…)

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