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By Federal Health Architecture
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:00am

As federal agencies are working together to achieve healthcare interoperability, some are looking to healthcare registries as the kind of innovative technology that can support better, more interoperable healthcare.
Healthcare registries, a collection of health data used to monitor population health and perform research, represent only one of many different sources of data available to provide public health officials with the information needed to assess the health of the population. A prime example of the value of registries can be found within the state of Alaska where some rocks containing asbestos (a mineral that can cause lung cancer) have been documented in the local Cancer registry. Some of these asbestos-containing rocks are used to build roads and airport runways for the region. Four major locations in Alaska's panhandle contained deposits of asbestos, including the cities of Juneau and Ketchikan. Scientists reviewed a map provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Alaska Cancer Registry to determine that there is no link between the locations of the asbestos-containing rocks and where people who have lung cancer live. Read more »
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By Steven Randazzo
On Friday, August 22, 2014 - 9:50am

A Game Jam is a gathering of gaming enthusiasts and developers for the purpose of designing and building games within a compressed time frame. Bring game enthusiasts and developers in the same space, ask them to design and build something that addresses a specific problem, and then tell them they only have 48 hours… It’s amazing what can happen!
The Health Game Jam 2014 is occurring September 26–28 in Atlanta, Georgia. This event is possible because of partnerships between:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Southern Polytechnic State University
The Games for Health Project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Georgia Game Developers Association
The HHS IDEA Lab
The focus of the HHS Health Game Jam 2014 is the creation of games that address health priorities championed by HHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more »
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By David White, Chief Science Officer and Research Director, FDA Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:25pm

A few weeks ago, FDA scientists and researchers presented more than 160 abstracts at the 4thAnnual Food and Drug Administration Foods and Veterinary Medicine Science and Research Conference:  that’s more than 160 research projects focused on protecting the health of people and animals. The presentations and posters at the conference were shared among approximately 300 FDA researchers and other staff members who came to hear the latest on our science and research accomplishments. Read more »
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By Jesus Garcia, Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs, Administration for Children and Families
On Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:38am

On a nice spring morning Reggie McKinnon picked up his two-year-old daughter from day care for a trip to the doctor’s office for a quick checkup. Little Payton, the youngest of three, had recently completed a successful surgery to alleviate a constant ear infection.
Reggie felt really good that day. The bright sunny day reflected how he felt inside because Payton was on her way to good health. Reggie shared the great news with his coworker during lunch as they talked about work and baseball. After a long day at work, Reggie headed to his vehicle to go home. As he arrived at his vehicle, all he remembered hearing was a loud scream: his own.
Reggie had forgotten to take his daughter back to day care after the doctor’s appointment. After several hours in a vehicle, Payton passed away due to complications from heatstroke. Read more »
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By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
On Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 3:45pm

Significant increases in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) among the nation’s physicians and hospitals are detailed in two new studies published today by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
The studies, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that in 2013, almost eight in ten (78 percent) office-based physicians reported they adopted some type of EHR system. About half of all physicians (48 percent) had an EHR system with advanced functionalities in 2013, a doubling of the adoption rate in 2009.
About 6 in 10 (59 percent) hospitals had adopted an EHR system with certain advanced functionalities in 2013, quadruple the percentage for 2010. Unlike the physician study, the hospital study does not have an equivalent, established measure of adoption of some type of EHR system; it only reports on adoption of EHRs with advanced functionalities. Read more »

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