With a Congressional directive to develop a regulatory framework for the fast evolving mHealth field, the federal agencies are asking industry for input on balancing safety and innovation while avoiding overlap.
During a panel discussion Tuesday morning, the national coordinator said he can already see an ecosystem of innovation relative to health IT, while other panelists countered that advancements are being held back.
In its 2014 budget proposal, the CDC is seeking $40 million to modernize its infectious disease informatics and sequencing tools. As antibiotic-resistant bacteria grow and new pathogens like H7N9 evolve, the CDC sees the new systems as a long-term investment.
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Tuesday kicked off the “Health Information Technologies” hearing series to discuss the critical role of technology in the health care industry and how federal regulations and taxes could impact patients, hinder innovation, and increase costs for consumers.
I'm in DC for IHE meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, and giving a session at the 2012 mHealthSummit Wednesday afternoon on Trends on Mobile Interoperability and Standards. I scheduled my travel to attend the IHE educational session held on Monday, but decided to take advantage of by mHealthSummit badge to take look at the conference instead.
The NIH's Common Fund was showcasing the National Centers for Biomedical Informatics in early November, as several open source code sets and software tools created by the projects merge into an international public-private consortium called tranSMART.
The iHAP platform, currently in development, will enable agencies to glean insights from disparate data sources and use scientific and technical metrics with the goal of improving care and lowering costs.
Breathe Technologies, Inc. received official approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs for its Non-Invasive Open Ventilation (NIOV™) System to be added to the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS). The NIOV System has important benefits for patients with later stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is fairly common among the veteran population. Breathe has partnered with Jordan Reses Supply Company, a specialty respiratory distributor into the VA, to lead commercialization efforts. "Breathe is excited to partner with Jordan Reses to provide a life changing therapy for veterans with various forms of respiratory insufficiency," says Larry Mastrovich, President & CEO.
American soldiers returning from service abroad and other veterans who suffer from debilitating tinnitus now have access to advanced treatment covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Starting Aug. 15th, the VA will begin providing SoundCure™ Serenade® customized sound therapy for veterans suffering from tinnitus, or "ringing in the ears."