Tag Archives: Healthcare

Job Creation Up in September, Unemployment Stuck at 9.1

More workers were hired in September and job gains from previous months were revised higher, but the Labor Department’s latest jobs report says it did not make a dent in the nation’s unemployment rate. Unemployment remains at 9.1 percent, the same rate as July and August according to the Bureau …

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White House Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Health Reform Law

The Obama administration on Wednesday asked Supreme Court to back the individual mandate in President Obama’s health care reform bill, according to a Reuters report. That same day, some 26 states urged the court to nix the entire law. The 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business suggest …

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U.S. Developing New Chip to Test Toxicity of Drugs

The National Institutes of Health will collaborate with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the  Food and Drug Administration to develop a chip capable of screening new drugs for toxic material before tested on people. The chips will be loaded with specific cell types and would be able to …

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HHS Initiative Aims to Prevent 1M Heart Attacks, Strokes

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday it is launching a public-private initiative aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. HHS announced the Million Hearts initiative will aim at encouraging Americans to make healthy choices, such as not smoking and reducing …

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High-Tech Care on Display at Workshop

Traditional methods of mental healthcare, including face-to-face meetings with a psychologist, were given a high-tech facelift at a demonstration July 21. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology, or T2, presented a workshop at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, guiding providers on offering mental health services from a distance. Armed With Science …

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Blumenthal Issues Update on 5-year Health IT Plan

Outgoing Director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. David Blumenthal provided probably the final update on the cause for which he has championed for the past two years: the adoption of electronic health records. An updated version of the Health and Human Services Department’s health …

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Report: EHRs Have Mixed Benefits, More Studies Needed

A lot of buzz surrounds electronic health records. Many think the adoption of EHRs and other health IT solutions will revolutionize the healthcare system. Adoption of EHRs, which is the cause celebre of National Health IT Coordinator David Blumenthal, is mandated by the healthcare reform bill passed in the spring, and providers are …

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