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FDA Developing Requirements For Evaluation Of Tech-Enabled Clinical Algorithms

News Report | January 15, 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing requirements for clinical algorithms, referred to as software-as-a-medical device (SaMD), in order to establish principles for clinical evaluation of scientific validity, clinical performance, and analytical validity. A SaMD is not...

Massachusetts Opioid-Related Deaths Up 20% In 2015

News Report | January 15, 2017
In 2015, 1,574 Massachusetts residents died of an unintentional opioid-related overdose, 20% more than the 1,316 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths during 2014, and 71% more than the 918 opioid overdose deaths in 2013. During the first nine-months of 2016,...

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Proposes $37 Million Behavioral Health Overhaul

News Report | January 15, 2017
On December 14, 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced plans for amendments for the fiscal year 2016-2018 budget that include $37 million to strengthen the state’s behavioral health system. The amendments seek to expand and improve treatment for mental...

Early Autism Treatment Estimated To Cut Long-Term Costs By 7%

News Report | January 15, 2017
Per-person lifetime autism-related costs to the government are projected to be about 7% lower for children who start intensive behavioral interventions (IBI) with no wait time compared to those who experience the current Ontario wait time of 32 months....

Urban Nursing Homes Have More Sophisticated Tech Than Rural Counterparts

News Report | January 15, 2017
Nursing homes in urban areas use information technology in more sophisticated ways than nursing homes in rural areas. Nursing homes in metropolitan areas were more likely than their rural counterparts to use information technology to coordinate resident care and...

AMA Supports Use Of Prescription Mobile Health Apps

News Report | January 15, 2017
The American Medical Association (AMA) members recently voted to support the use of prescription mobile health (mHealth) applications and devices, providing that the apps and devices are accurate, effective, safe to use, and that consumer data is protected. In...