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FDA Launches New Transparency Website

The FDA is hoping to become more transparent through the launch of their new website. By launching the Center for Devices and Radiological Health Transparency website (CDRH), FDA will be able to provide more data about medical devices and radiation-emitting information and data. CDRH is also an effort by the …

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New Biometrics Software Allows Easy, Secure Management of Medical Records

A new secure, web-based, subscription medical-information service using fingerprint biometrics to provide first responders and hospital emergency room staff with secure, immediate access to critical information was successfully deployed today by an Ohio-based fire department. Created by health IT company My LifePlan and BIO-Key International, Inc., a developer of advanced …

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Maryland Colleges to Offer Health IT Curricula

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing will soon be offering a new health IT curriculum, thanks to a grant through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. Using a new six to 12 month informatics curriculum developed at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and used throughout …

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HHS Secretary Sebelius on Healthcare Quality

The new health care reform law will continue to be a topic of discussion. On April 13, 2010, the 2009 National Healthcare Disparities Report and the National Healthcare Quality Report were released by the agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Following the release of the reports, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius …

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DOE & EPA to Make Changes to ENERGY STAR Program

The DOE and the EPA are working together to strengthen the ENERGY STAR® program. They want to ensure that only products meeting the requirements get the label, as well reinforce the verification and testing processes. Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, said, “The Energy Star® program started …

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Personal Health Record Use is Growing

More people are using personal health records, according to a survey by the California HealthCare Foundation. The survey was entitled “Consumers and Health Information Technology: A National Survey” and one of the main findings was that while only 7% of adults are currently using personal health records (PHRs), the number …

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Green IT and Efficient Data Center Webinars

BrightTALK, a webcasting service provider, will be hosting two webcasts titled Efficient Data Center and Green IT Summit. These webcasts will be free and held on April 20, 2010 and April 21, 2010. The webinars are a follow-up to the Green Data Center Summit that BrightTALK hosts back in November. …

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Telepharmacy for U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy has been facing a shortage of pharmacists. When catastrophes such as the earthquake in Haiti occur, many pharmacists are deployed and this in turn makes a shortage of pharmacists in other areas. But now there is a solution: ScriptPro Telepharmacy. This is a robotics-based management telepharmacy system …

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Physicians Less Hesitant about Using, Buying EHR Systems

Despite reservations about privacy issues and concerns about the economic viability of web-based health records systems, a recent health IT market research report found physicians today are less apprehensive about using and buying EHR systems, Modern Healthcare reports. Utah-based health IT researcher KLAS Enterprises conducted interviews with 370 ambulatory-care physicians …

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