Innovative Low-Cost Smartphone Accessory With a Global Impact
The device, developed by a biomedical engineer at Columbia University to detect 3 infectious disease markers, was piloted by healthcare workers in Rwanda. The work, which received funding from the Gates Foundation and the World Bank, among others, was published in the recent issue of Science Translational Medicine
FDA Commissioner Hamburg Stepping Down
After nearly 6 years overseeing public health initiatives, Margaret Hamburg, MD, commissioner of the FDA will be stepping down, according to various sources.
FDA Announces Measure to Ease Patient Access to Investigational Drugs
In his blog post on FDAVoice, Peter Lurie MD, MPH, associate FDA commissioner for public health strategy and analysis, announced the introduction of a draft form and a draft guideline that can be used by a physician to request access to an experimental drug or biological product that is still under development.
House GOP Again Votes to Repeal Healthcare Law
The House passed a bill on Tuesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the first time in the new Congress, but Democrats appeared to show more zeal in defending the law than Republicans did in trying to get rid of it.
PCMHs Bring Value to Primary Care, Report Finds
The report, sponsored by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, reviewed 28 studies of PCMHs over a 1 year period; some of the studies found improved utilization resulted in an improvement in at least 1 cost metric.
Innovation in Interoperability and Engaging Patients
Putting data in patient hands, the construction of an open API, and interoperability are big hopes for the future of health information technology (IT), according to panelists at the annual meeting of the Office of the national Coordinator for Health IT.