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Saturday, March 24, 2007

One of the largest telemdicine programs in the US kicks off

A telemedicine program which began 18 months ago with an $11.5 million grant from WellPoint, owner of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is now online in 39 rural counties, where patients and their doctors can visit a local presentation center and meet remotely with one of 75 specialists in areas such as dermatology, cardiology and pediatric medicine. The service is accessed at least once every hour of the working week.

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Wi-Fi Ward

Hospitals Go Wireless To Cut Noise, Boost Electronic Records

Orange base hospital turns to Cisco to aid the the use of wireless networks to boost communication amongst its staff. St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton already has tried and adapted wireless networking and its doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians have access to wireless phones and even rolling computer carts with wireless links.


Leavitt Announces Steps Toward A Future of "Personalized Health Care"

Great article about the steps being made to introduce "personalized healthcare"


HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today outlined a course for achieving gene-based medical care combined with health information technology, which he called "Personalized Health Care." He said the initiative has the potential to transform the quality, safety and value of health care for patients in the future.

"Personalized health care will combine the basic scientific breakthroughs of the human genome with computer-age ability to exchange and manage data," Secretary Leavitt said. "Increasingly it will give us the ability to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time - every time."

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