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Tech giants unite to bolster remote, chronic care services

Two major tech companies, General Electric and Intel, are teaming up to help those suffering from chronic illnesses by delivering healthcare services remotely.

FDA and FCC Join Forces on Wireless Medical Devices Regulation

The FCC and FDA will team up to create an efficient regulatory process for wireless-enabled medical devices and services after the two federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding.

According to the MOU, the FDA will be responsible for the safety of the device itself, while the FCC will oversee efficient use of airwaves needed by the devices.

$220 Million awarded for Beacon Program

On May 4, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Chief Economist to Vice President Biden Jared Bernstein and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal announced today $220 million for 15 Beacon Community awardees to help spur widespread adoption of health IT.

Kennedy and Murphy Introduce HIT Extension Bill

The co-chairs of the 21st Century Health Care Caucus, Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) recently introduced legislation to expand incentives for the meaningful use of electronic health records from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Report: strategies to save states money as Medicaid is expanded

United Health Group issued a report that outlines strategies that will help states save money as Medicaid is expanded. The new federal health care reform and the growing number of seniors enrolling in Medicaid is causing the expansion and pressure on state budgets.

Dennis Quaid: Reducing Medical Errors

On April 12, Dennis Quaid spoke at an event at the National Press Club in Washington DC about reducing medical errors. Quaid announced that he has produced a documentary airing April 24th on the Discovery Channel called “Chasing Zero” about medical errors in America.

HHS Announces $267 Million in Grants

On April 6, HHS announced its release of $267 million in grants for Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to 28 additional nonprofit centers. The $267 million comes from the HITECH Act which was adopted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

“Health care in our country is community-based.

More HIE grants awarded

On Monday March 22, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $160 million of the final set of grants to help states adopt health information technology. The grants are part of the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program mandated in the 2009 Stimulus bill.

Health IT: Going Mobile

On March 4, Aetna announced a new approach for communicating with patients. Aetna is providing mobile solutions to the vast majority of its members which includes mobile “apps”, text messaging and mobile web access via smart phones.

ONC: Proposed HIT Certification Rules

On March 2, the Department of Health and Human Services released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making process for the establishment of certification programs for health IT.

Below are “Facts at a Glance” released by the Office of the National Coordinator.

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