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The Irish Government steering group on research prioritisation has recommended 14 areas for a total funding of 500 million euro. One of the priority groups mentioned is "Connected Health and Independent Living". The following quote is taken from the document;

"This priority area is focused on technologies that facilitate…

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What is the future really like for home healthcare robots? A new film “Robot and Frank” is a pretty funny take on the idea and I think (and hope) it will offer some insight into the problems that we’ll encounter as this dream is pursued. The film features a grumpy elderly gentleman with a helpful, but slightly bossy, robot assistant who looks very much like the Honda Asimo humanoid…

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Voice recognition is a technology that has been bubbling below the surface for several decades. The inclusion of the Siri voice recognition system in the iPhone 4S seems to many a signal that the time has come for voice recognition to be adopted on a wide-scale basis. Physicians have been using voice recognition for some time now, but many have…

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Liveblog HIMSS12 Opening Keynote: Biz Stone

8:00am: Biz Stone was introduced by the HIMSS board Chair, Charlene S. Underwood, who first gave an overview of the accomplishments of HIMSS and commented on the increasing workload that health IT professionals are facing (to a round of applause and agreement from the delegates!). She also highlighted the recent announcement of $3.1 billion of meaningful use…

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Kathleen Sebelius, the HHS Secretary has announced that the 2,000 hospitals and 41,000 doctors have been paid $3.1 billion for implementing EHRs under the "Meaningful Use" program.

“Health IT is the foundation for a truly 21st century health system where we pay for the right care, not just more care,” said Secretary Sebelius. “Health care professionals and…

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PeakSecure - a US-wide Medical Imaging "Mega-Cloud"

The Register is reporting about an exciting new project being implemented at Johns Hopkins and due for roll out across the country. VMware and Harris Corp. are developing a cloud-hosted medical imaging solution that will allow users to stream images from virtualised servers in a private cloud. The image processing will take place on the servers to avoid the need for expensive image processing and storage…

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CMS May Delay Introduction of ICD-10

The Hill is reporting that Marilyn Tavenner, the acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, speaking at the American Medical Association (AMA) Advocacy Conference this week has said that the agency will consider extending the timeline for ICD-10 implementation:

"I'm committing today to work with you to re-examine the pace…

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The results of the IBM/Novartis sponsored University Challenge competition to find innovative solutions to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have been announced.

The competition was designed to enable universities and industry to partner together to produce solutions that could tackle the thorny issue of managing NCDs, which, according to the WHO, make up more than 60% of deaths worldwide.

"The NCD…

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