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Category Archives: Health Care

State and local government sharing more data via Github

Neal Ungerleider – “By sharing code, jurisdictions can cut IT development costs and better use resources. But it’s “a matter of cultural change. When the city of Chicago decided to publish open source code that could be used to predict critical health code violations at local dining establishments, they did something unusual with it: TheyContinue Reading

OECD Health Statistics 2015

“Many European countries saw further reductions in health spending in 2013, according to OECD Health Statistics 2015, released on July 7, 2015. Health spending continued to shrink in Greece, Italy and Portugal in 2013. Most countries in the European Union reported real per capita health spending below the levels of 2009. Outside of Europe, healthContinue Reading

Most Americans support ban on public smoking

Gallup: “A majority of Americans continue to believe smoking should be made illegal in all public places (58%), as they have since 2011. Forty-one percent are opposed to a total ban in public places. The latest results come from Gallup’s July 8-12 Consumption Habits survey, in which 19% of Americans report having smoked cigarettes inContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Credit Rating Analysts, Facial Recognition Technology, Federal Autism Research, Hurricane Sandy, Nuclear Weapons Sustainment

Credit Rating Analysts: Views Varied on Merits of a Professional Organization, but Creating One Now Viewed as Premature, GAO-15-591: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015. Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law, GAO-15-621: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015. Federal Autism Research: Updated Information onContinue Reading

GAO Reports – BLM, Central America, DATA Act, International Trade, IRS Case Selection, Managing for Results, Motor Carrier Cases, Affordable Care Act

Bureau of Land Management: Improvements Needed in Internal Controls over Mining Law Administration Program Funds, GAO-15-562: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2015. Central America: Improved Evaluation Efforts Could Enhance Agency Programs to Reduce Unaccompanied Child Migration, GAO-15-707: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2015. DATA Act: Progress Made in InitialContinue Reading

UNAIDS announces goal of 15 million people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2015 has been met

UNAIDS: “The AIDS targets of MDG 6—halting and reversing the spread of HIV—have been achieved and exceeded, according to a new report released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). New HIV infections have fallen by 35% and AIDS-related deaths by 41%. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million newContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Energy, Facilities Modernization, International Insurance Capital Standards, Mortgage Reforms, Prescription Drugs

Defense Energy: Observations on DOD’s Investments in Alternative Fuels, GAO-15-674: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015. Facilities Modernization: DOD Guidance and Processes Reflect Leading Practices for Capital Planning, GAO-15-489: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015. International Insurance Capital Standards: Collaboration among U.S. Stakeholders Has Improved but Could Be Enhanced,Continue Reading

NIST – Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices

“Stolen personal information can have negative financial impacts, but stolen medical information cuts to the very core of personal privacy. Medical identity theft already costs billions of dollars each year, and altered medical information can put a person’s health at risk through misdiagnosis, delayed treatment or incorrect prescriptions. Yet, the use of mobile devices toContinue Reading

Google bio tech firm will mine Ancestry.com data for longevity gene

Via Calico: ” AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. Together, they will evaluate anonymized data from millions of public family trees and a growing database of over one million genetic samples. Financial terms haveContinue Reading

GAO Report – Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine: Federal Investment, Information Sharing, and Challenges in an Evolving Field, GAO-15-553: Published: Jun 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015. “Seven federal agencies invested—that is, conducted or funded—approximately $2.89 billion in regenerative medicine research in fiscal years 2012 through 2014. Most (88 percent) was invested by the National Institutes of Health. Agencies fundedContinue Reading

HHS unveils first compendium of resources for health emergencies

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched the first online collection of the federal resources and capabilities available to mitigate the health impacts of emergencies. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) sponsored the HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium to aid state, tribal, territorial, local officialsContinue Reading

MIT – 50 Smartest Companies 2015

“This year, when the editors of MIT Technology Review began our annual search for the smartest companies, we did not have trouble finding big ideas. To make the list, a company must have truly innovative technology and a business model that is both practical and ambitious, with the result that it has set the agendaContinue Reading