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FDA Denial of IPhone Application

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Many telehealth, ehealth, mhealth, etc. product companies have assumed that their products and services will move easily through the FDA or that they don’t even need to interact with the agency. Recent statements by agency personnel, and handling of certain filings, should be warning that dealing with FDA regulations is not that simple.

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EHRs, EHRs, EHRs

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With the stimulus money and Medicare incentives, electronic health record vendors are riding high. But many, many questions remain regarding the implementation, use and value of these systems in reducing cost and improving quality.

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Drugs, Drugs, Drugs

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While spending on prescription drugs has stabilized over the last few years, it remains a major category of health cost and pharmaceuticals are a critical and effective treatment option for many diseases, especially chronic ones. Several recent articles discuss aspects of drugs and the prescribing process.

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National Broadband Plan and Health Care

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Communications and information technology has an increasingly critical role in health care and in the future vision of health care delivery and administration. The FCC has been tasked with facilitating the broadband infrastructure for these communication and information technology needs and has set forth its recommendations in the recently released National Broadband Plan.

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More Imaging Issues

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Use of imaging services has become the poster child for health care spending problems, even though excessive imaging may have been rather rapidly controlled by private sector use of imaging benefit managers. New research pours salt on the wounds.

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Health Care Reform Status

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We may or may not be nearing the end game of health care reform, at least as currently proposed by the Administration. Whether it passes or not, the problems of cost, access and quality will remain and private, not government, action is most likely to be the source of solutions to those problems.

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