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Upcoming ATA videocast: The National Broadband Plan - What are the Implications for Healthcare?
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Last week, the Federal Communications Commission released a national broadband plan proposal, Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan. Get the inside scoop on the health care implications of the new broadband plan as Jonathan D. Linkous, ATA CEO, interviews Dr. Mohit Kaushal, the digital health care director, Omnibus Broadband Initiative, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy, FCC. Registration for this videocast is FREE for ATA members. More

Hello! Your psychiatrist will Skype you now
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Telepsychiatry is a growing trend in mental health, says Dr. Kathleen Myers, who treats Rachel up close and personal despite the 75 miles between them. As director of the telemental health service at Children's Hospital, she points to one of the benefits of a videoconference: unlike a phone call, it allows doctors to observe a patient's facial expressions and body language. "You can talk back and forth in real time -- it's off by a millisecond -- so you get immediate reactions," says Myers, who, with a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, is conducting the first large federally funded randomized clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of telemental health in treating mental health problems in childhood. More

FCC mulls spectrum for medical gear
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The designation of low-frequency wireless spectrum for Medical Body Area Networks could drive adoption of low-cost telehealth applications for home use. Several months ago, the Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of proposed rule-making seeking public comment on allocating a spectrum for medical body area networks. Some health care technology vendors are hoping the FCC will approve a low frequency band that they say would allow for the fast development of inexpensive medical monitoring gear for hospital and home use. More

FCC says adoption of new broadband plan is vital
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The Federal Communications Commission on March 16 characterized its congressionally mandated "national broadband plan" as a much-needed step for keeping the United States competitive. The proposal "is necessary to meet the challenges of global competitiveness, and harness the power of broadband to help address so many vital national issues," the agency chairman, Julius Genachowski, said in a statement. More

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FCC's broadband plan lauded as critical to health IT
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Health care IT champions are applauding the broadband plan the government released March 16 as a boon for health information technology. "We hope the National Broadband Plan serves as a driver for both innovation and connectivity, which are two key elements to lowering costs and improving patient care," said Joel White, executive director of the Health IT Now! Coalition. More

House OKs Senate health reform bill with health IT measures
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In separate votes March 21, House Democrats approved the Senate health reform bill (HR 3590) and the so-called "corrections" bill (HR 4872), which contains a series of changes favored by the House, the New York Times reports. The House voted 219-212 in favor of the Senate bill and then voted 220-211 to approve the corrections bill. The legislation includes several provisions that call for the use of health IT to simplify health care administration, Healthcare IT News reports. More

European Union outlines 10-year e-health plan
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European Union ministers have unveiled a common vision and policy priorities to ensure that all countries in the region take advantage of information technology to improve health care. The declaration outlines a vision and identifies key objectives to be achieved in the next 10 years. These include a call to overcome legal and political barriers to adoption throughout the region, build confidence and acceptance in e-health tools by citizens and health care professionals, ensure the protection of personal health data, solve the technical barriers to interoperability and embed e-health initiatives in the larger European digital agenda. More

At Bronx clinic, the eyes are windows to medical records
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Rafael Fernandez walks into the Bronx, N.Y., medical clinic with his eyes wide open. Checking Fernandez in, a clinic employee scans his eyes using a handheld camera. Within seconds, the camera reads his iris patterns, and a computer locates his medical record. Such iris identification technology usually is seen in international airports to allow registered passengers to fast-track through passport checks and immigration. But far from the sleek European airports, the South Bronx clinic that receives federal funding and operates in one of the most impoverished U.S. areas uses the instruments to prevent medical record mishaps. More

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House call 2.0: Telemedicine brings doctors into home
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Doctors always are looking for the next technological marvel to help them treat patients more effectively, whether it's cancer cell-finding robots or medical records access via iPhones. In the midst of this transformation, scientists at the University of California at Irvine are developing a way to create a modern version of the house call. Researchers at UCI's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology are working on a software package that would allow doctors to monitor and conference with patients remotely. It's called Telios. More

Health care dips a toe into digital age
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Health care is beginning to shake off its Cinderella image after lagging behind other sectors both in levels of IT investment and in its perception of IT as a strategic tool. Governments now are looking to IT to rein in their soaring health care costs and improve care quality as health care decision-makers belatedly realize technology is one of the few weapons that can make an impact on the sector's chronic problems. More

Work group calls for database to track health IT safety risks
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The Health IT Policy Committee's adoption and certification work group recently proposed creating a new national database to track potential safety risks related to health IT systems, Government Health IT reports. The work group's draft proposal recommends that HHS add a safety reporting requirement to its "meaningful use" rules. The change would require physicians and hospitals to confidentially report all incidents in which health IT malfunctions could compromise patient safety. More

Report: Revenues for m-health totaled $1.5B in 2009
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"While the m-health market presents significant growth opportunities, when taking into account device, software, connectivity and overall service revenue streams, the market and ecosystem are fragmented, creating challenges for any single player to address the full breadth of opportunities," according to a new report from CSMG called "mHealth: Taking the Pulse." More

Health systems step into new role, offering software as a service to realize value from EMRs
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It's no secret that small physician groups and community hospitals are going to be hard-pressed to meet the meaningful use requirements in 2011. Not only do they lack resources -- financial and workforce -- to purchase, implement, maintain and use these systems effectively, but their options for electronic medical record products are limited as well. More

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