Technology

VA Department Celebrates Medical Research

VA research advancements are frequently making news. Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould spoke yesterday, April 22, 2010, to kick off National Veteran Affairs Research Week. VA researchers have made numerous medical advances in the last 85 years and Gould spoke about some of these achievements, as well as more …

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Happy Birthday EPA, Happy Birthday Earth Day

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Both Earth Day and The Environmental Protection Agency are 40 years old today. Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day in the spring of 1970, and a few months following this, the EPA was founded. This weekend the EPA will be celebrating with …

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Obama Nominates Dr. Berwick for Administrator of CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has not had a permanent director since 2006. Yesterday, April 19, 2010 President Obama nominated Dr. Donald Berwick to be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services (CMS). Dr. Berwick is currently the …

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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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