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ATA 2010 early-bird discounted registration cutoff is Friday, April 16
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General program registration includes participation in all concurrent sessions, plenaries, SIG, Chapter and DG meetings, entry into the exhibit hall and one complimentary ticket to the ATA 2010 Networking Event. ATA's annual meeting is an affordable investment with proven returns. Get the education and networking you need to stay up to date as a telemedicine professional. Register now to take advantage of early-bird discounted registration! More

Virginia governor signs bill requiring insurers to cover telemedicine
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In the virtual world, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell penned the longest signature to legislation in the history of the commonwealth April 5. McDonnell signed a bill to require health insurance providers to cover telemedicine services in Virginia, legislation sponsored by state Sen. William Wampler Jr., R-Bristol, and steered through a House of Delegates committee chaired by Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City. More

Children's hospital piloting new iPad app
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The Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children is piloting a new iPad application using interactive video to explain common medical procedures such as CT scans and MRIs to patients. Unity Medical Inc., an Eagle, Idaho-based provider of digital health tools, announced that the Orlando hospital and St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho, will pilot the company's new Medical Video jLog for the Apple iPad. The two hospitals started piloting the customized versions of the jLog app April 5. More

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FDA looks toward major IT overhaul
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As a small federal agency with a big mission, the Food and Drug Administration has operated for years with underfunded and overtaxed information technology systems. In 2007, FDAs Science Board concluded that the agency's IT systems were obsolete, unstable and inadequate to fulfill its mandate to oversee food, drugs and medical devices. That news came as no surprise to those familiar with the agency. More

Prescriptions translated to Spanish could be hazardous to health
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Many Spanish-speaking people in the United States receive prescription instructions from the pharmacy so poorly translated that the medications are potentially hazardous to their health, a new study shows. The errors occur largely because of deficiencies in computer programs that most pharmacies rely on to translate medication information from English to Spanish, said lead researcher Dr. Iman Sharif, chief of the division of general pediatrics at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. More

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VA hospitals use video games to rehab vets with brain injuries
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Kinetic Muscles Inc., a provider of neurorehabilitation technology for stroke and cerebral palsy patients, has received a two-year Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant to study a new treatment for military veterans returning from war with traumatic brain injury. The announcement follows the promising results of Phase I of study, which combined neuropsychological therapy and digital gaming technology. This led the Department of Defense to fund Phase II, which will validate effectiveness of the therapy system through clinical testing in VA hospitals. More

When your carpet calls your doctor
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Is it possible that amid all the hoopla about Apple's iPad, one potential use has been overlooked? Larry Nathanson, head of emergency medicine "informatics" at one of Harvard Medical School's hospitals, has experimented with using the device in the casualty ward. He writes that "initial tests with our clinical applications went amazingly well ... the EKGs look better onscreen than on paper. It was great having all of the clinical information right at the bedside to discuss with the patient." More

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21 ways health reform affects wireless health
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Will the health reform law affect the emerging wireless health industry? Yes, of course. There are at least 21 specific provisions that will have an effect on the connected health and personal health industry. With help from the policy wonks over at the Continua Health Alliance, we have assembled the following 21 provisions that are relevant to connected health. More

Life, liberty and the pursuit of iPad -- a short review
Ted Eytan, MD    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's not that it's a larger version of iPhone; iPhone is a smaller version of iPad. Blame it on Modern Family, which was the public relations straw that caused me to purchase Apple's latest iDevice. Interestingly, the gentleman in front of me in line also purchased a Newton Messagepad as his first tablet, for about $700. That device was way ahead of it's time; this one probably isn't. In any event, here's a quick rundown of what I'm finding so far. More

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