Government & Policy

Zika funds CDC
By Jack McCarthy 09:28 am September 01, 2016
Congress is set to vote on a $1.1 billion package the day it returns from summer vacation but whether Democrats and Republicans can immediately compromise remains to be seen. The Zika virus, meanwhile, continues to spread in Florida. 
NIH gender bias

Bibiana Bielekova said that women’s lagging prospects at the NIH are a result of overt and unconscious gender bias. Photo courtesy of Bielekova. 

By Bernie Monegain 08:50 am September 01, 2016
Bibiana Bielekova filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Washington Post reported.
Encryption FBI Comey
By Jack McCarthy 03:01 pm August 31, 2016
Insisting that device and information encryption is a problem that will not simply go away, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey called for greater collaboration between private sector companies and the federal government. 
NIH Hopkins FSU Zika
By Jessica Davis 10:18 am August 31, 2016
The research team found two groups that can stop the virus from replicating and protect fetal brain cells.
HHS opioid crisis

CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, said that states are on the frontline in preventing prescription opioid overdoses.

By Bernie Monegain 09:15 am August 31, 2016
The money will help states improve data collection and analysis to better understand how to prevent opioid abuse, curb deaths and treat addiction.
Affordable Care Act disparities
By Jack McCarthy 08:55 am August 31, 2016
The progress Obamacare has made so far is encouraging, but access problems remain, particularly among low-income Hispanics and African-Americans, researchers said. 
Hillary Clinton telehealth

Hillary Clinton promised to adjust payment systems to reimburse doctors and hospitals for telepyschiatry and other telemedicine services. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:50 am August 30, 2016
Clinton promises to adjust payment systems for telepsychiatry and other services, increase funding for research into brain science and PTSD, and to study suicide prevention.
ONC blockchain winners

Vindell Washington, MD, the National Coordinator for Health IT, said that the contest shows the potential for innovative ways to use Blockchain in healthcare. 

By Bill Siwicki 05:08 pm August 29, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said that the winners offer new uses for Blockchain digital technology to protect and exchange electronic health data in a secure fashion.
Trump doctor HIPAA

Harold Bornstein, MD, who has been Donald Trump’s doctor for 35 years, and his wife Melissa, who works in Bornstein’s office. Photo courtesy of Harold Bornstein.

By Mike Miliard 11:16 am August 29, 2016
Harold Bornstein, MD, gained attention first for saying that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in excellent physical condition and, subsequently, for still using a 15-year old operating system that Microsoft no longer supports.
Physicians CAPP health IT

CAPP chairman Robert Pearl, MD, said that the health of our nation must be a top priority for either political party and modern technologies can enable that, but patients are not yet enjoying these benefits. 

By Bernie Monegain 09:33 am August 29, 2016
The top three things every candidate, from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to those seeking seats in the House and Senate, must know as they run for office, according to the Council of Accountable Physician Practices. 

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