University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium

University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium











UNE Doctor of Physical Therapy student Megan Wyand checks the weight of donated medical supplies bound for Ghana


Biddeford and Portland, ME (PRWEB) July 29, 2011

The Ghana Health Partnership (GHP) was established as a formal program in spring 2010 to improve the health of the people of western Ghana through development and implementation of collaborative research, education and training programs with local and international partners. Its partners include the University of New England, University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Health Mission, Inc. (GHM) and the Institute for Public Health and Water Research (IPWR).

The partnership grew out of a long-established health outreach program between UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions and the U.S.-based Ghana Health Mission, Inc. Close to 100 students and faculty from across all UNE Colleges have participated in five exchanges since 2008, providing direct care services, community health education and other unique programs in urban and rural communities in the Sekondi/Takoradi regions of western Ghana.

The UNE Center for Community and Public Health (CCPH), which conducts research, demonstration and planning studies throughout the U.S. and abroad, houses the partnership at UNE. The partnership through CCPH submitted three research grants over the past year—one on chronic disease and two on maternal and child health-system strengthening.

The 21 UNE students and faculty participating this summer comprise an interprofessional group of physicians, physician assistants (PA), pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists and dental hygienists, as well as undergraduate medical biology majors. Also joining the group is UNE alum Kathleen Keller, PA-C, a 2009 PA graduate who says, “I had the extreme honor of going to Ghana as a PA student, and it continues to shape my daily practice. I am very much looking forward to going again. I found the experience quite humbling and full of valuable learning experiences.”

The Ghana Health Service Western Region Director, Dr. Linda Vanotoo, as well as three GHM nurses, a dentist and an ophthalmologist, will join the team in August. Cataracts, river blindness and trachoma are common eye conditions in the region.

UNE volunteers have gathered 225 pounds of medical supplies donated by Portland-based Partners for World Health, which the team will use and distribute at the health mission in Sekondi.

In November 2010, leaders from the University of Cape Coast and Ghana Health Partnership traveled to Portland, Maine to participate in Ghana Health Week, a week of informative meetings, presentations, and faculty/student exchanges, combined with cultural events such as African drumming and dancing. On August 10-11, they are collaborating once again for an academic symposium, but this year will gather in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast’s oceanfront campus.

The 2011 symposium will focus on research and educational strategies that advance the work of the partnership, and the plenary session is entitled, “Excellence in Higher Education Across Borders.” Additional topics include:


    Sustainability of Chronic Disease Practice Innovations in Low Resource Communities
    Models of Change for Improving Maternal and Child Health in Rural Communities
    Water and Sanitation – Advancing Water Research That Impacts Health Status
    Sharing Evidence-Based Strategies for the Care of Rheumatologic Disorders
    Problem-based, Case-based Learning Teaching Methodologies – Lessons Learned and Shared from the University of Cape Coast
    Simulation Strategies to Introduce, Model and Educate Complex Health Situations
    Collaborative Strategies for Teaching, Implementing and Sustaining Cultural Understanding Within a Cross-Cultural Partnership
    Student Presentation on the Ghana Health Mission

About University of New England

The University of New England is a top-ranked independent university with two distinctive campuses located in the coastal communities of Biddeford and Portland, Maine. Named one of the best regional universities in America by US News & Report, UNE is a leader in health sciences education, biomedical research, and the liberal arts, offering student-centered, interdisciplinary programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy, and College of Graduate Studies. UNE is the leading provider of health care professionals in Maine; it offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs and has internationally recognized scholars in the liberal arts, sciences, health and medicine. For more information, visit http://www.une.edu.

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Gravityeight, the Internet?s First Consumer Platform for Personalized Wellbeing, Announces Comprehensive Health Channel Partnership With Medhelp.Org

Gravityeight, the Internet’s First Consumer Platform for Personalized Wellbeing, Announces Comprehensive Health Channel Partnership With Medhelp.Org











San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 02, 2011

GravityEight.com, the web’s first integrated platform for personalized wellbeing, today announced that MedHelp.org, the world’s largest online health community and leading personal health platform, will anchor its health channel.

The new partnership serves as the first anchor alliance in GravityEight’s comprehensive channel strategy, which will pull together information and tools from leading companies in eight different categories of personalized wellbeing. With each wellbeing channel, GravityEight will partner with a top destination hub, supplemented by additional content and applications, to curate a unique mix of innovative tools and applications, giving users a comprehensive “best of breed” approach to monitoring and improving wellbeing.

GravityEight.com provides the public with continuously updated news, expert programming and lifestyle management tools, delivered through a highly personalized “wellbeing platform.” GravityEight enables users to measure, manage, and enhance eight essential areas of their lives, including health, finance, relationships, career, community, spirituality, learning, and leisure.

“MedHelp and GravityEight, through sharing and combining content, tools and applications, are giving new shape to the future of health monitoring platforms,” said David Wamsley, founder and CEO of Gravity Eight. “The general user will find our health channel to be a unique self-monitoring and self-improvement environment – an experience we are continuously striving to expand and will soon take across all eight of our lifestyle management channels.”

“One of our goals in providing a personal health platform is enabling application developers to plug into users’ health data and help them achieve their health goals,” said Khaled Hassounah, CTO of MedHelp. “We are excited about partnering with GravityEight because we believe it provides an effective approach to helping people make a real difference to their health based on all the data available to them.”

MedHelp, which has more than 12 million active monthly users, is a pioneer in the field of online consumer health information. In addition to its deep content repository, the site offers a unique suite of online and mobile tools and applications. MedHelp’s content and tools cover a wide variety of health conditions and wellness topics, from diabetes and heart disease to fitness and pregnancy, that enable individuals actively to manage their health.

MedHelp.org will provide top tools and applications for GravityEight’s health channel, which has already integrated other leading health monitoring devices, including Nike Plus™, the Withings Body Scale™, and the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach™. With the addition of MedHelp’s robust collection of 50 tools and applications, GravityEight’s health channel will immediately become the single largest centralized dashboard for health available on the Internet today.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth and development in the consumer Internet health space, but what’s novel about GravityEight is the way it is building a comprehensive and highly usable ‘personal dashboard,’” noted Ben Rubin, co-founder and CTO of ZEO, the leading consumer device company for sleep monitoring and measurement. “It’s like Mint.com, but for your entire life. Interestingly, we’ve seen no one else attempt such a bold move. We are big fans of GravityEight and have been a partner since Day One.”

About GravityEight.com

GravityEight provides a diverse array of tools, information and services to help people manage eight distinct facets of personal wellbeing, including health, finance, relationships, career, community, spirituality, learning, and leisure, all in an integrated personal wellbeing platform. By offering a carefully curated combination of information and assessment tools, GravityEight allows users to create comprehensive records of their personal wellbeing data, making it easy to set goals and monitor status and progress. The goal of the company is to provide people with information and tools that facilitate and reward comprehensive, self-directed change, thereby inspiring them to take control of their lives. To begin improving your wellbeing today, visit http://www.GravityEight.com.

About MedHelp.org

MedHelp is leading the consumer health revolution by empowering people to take control of their health. The world’s largest health social network, with 12 million unique monthly users, MedHelp offers more than 300-condition specific communities, 150 ask-the-expert forums, partnerships with top U.S. hospitals, and a robust suite of 50 online health tools, award-winning mobile apps and personal health records. MedHelp is the savvy health consumer’s destination of choice. For more information, visit http://www.MedHelp.org.

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Inland Northwest Health Services, Harvard Medical School, Sago Managed Service, & More Discuss Cloud Computing Solutions for Mobile Healthcare

Inland Northwest Health Services, Harvard Medical School, Sago Managed Service, & More Discuss Cloud Computing Solutions for Mobile Healthcare












New York, NY (PRWEB) August 01, 2011

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today the speakers for their panel session entitled, “The hCloud at 30,000 Feet: Cloud Computing Solutions for Mobile Healthcare” at the Institute’s Health IT Summit in Seattle taking place August 15-16, 2011 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

The panel will be moderated by Eric Wicklund, Senior Editor for Telehealth, Healthcare IT News, and speaking will be Peter Tonelatto, PhD, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School & Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Frederick Galusha, Chief Information Officer, Inland Northwest Health Services; Dr. Bob Bohn, Program Manager, Cloud Computing Reference Architecture, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST); Mark Blatt, MD, MBA, Worldwide Director, Global Healthcare Strategy, Intel Corporation; and John Cox, Chief Information Officer, Sago Managed Service.

This panel will demonstrate that many remotely deployed applications that work on a laptop can also work on a mobile device in remote or virtual settings by using cloud computing through wireless technology.

“The Laboratory for Personalized Medicine has developed infrastructure, tools and methods to address the emerging and predicted needs of whole genome personalized medicine,” said Dr. Peter Tonelatto. “Now, we are focused on translating these tools to the clinical arena.”

The iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the health care provider markets.

Sponsors and Partners for the 2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle include: Absolute Software, Apixio, Catalyst Solutions, Carematix, Comcast, Drager, ICA, Intel, MMR Global, Nuance, Rubbermaid Healthcare, Sago Networks, Vidyo, vRad, AMDIS, CMIO, Continua Health Alliance, eHealth SmartBrief, Executive Insight, Frost & Sullivan, Healthcare IT News, HIMSS Washington State Chapter, IDC Health Insights, MarketsandMarkets, ReportsandReports, and SearchHealthIT.com.

About the Institute for Health Technology Transformation:

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

http://www.ihealthtran.com

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New Health and Natural Healing Article Directory Offers Free Online Syndication For Nutritional Health Article Writers, and Free Content For Health Industry Publications

New Health and Natural Healing Article Directory Offers Free Online Syndication For Nutritional Health Article Writers, and Free Content For Health Industry Publications










Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) March 31, 2006

Applied Health Solutions, Inc., an Arizona based nutritional products organization, announced today the launching of the Applied Health Articles web site.

Applied Health Articles is an online library, or article repository, tailored specifically for the author or publisher of health related content. Registration is free to all contributors, as well as those seeking professionally written articles on a broad spectrum of health topics.

Submitted articles are from health writers, doctors, nutritionists, therapists, and others. Topic categories include mental/emotional health, environmental issues and alternative therapies, and physical health conditions that cover the most common ailments we face in our modern population.

Authors may submit their articles for review at no charge. There is a simple online submittal form to help authors take advantage of the broad reach and target-rich environment that an online article library represents. Likewise, publishers may republish any articles, free of charge, with a simple commitment to maintain the author’s bio and copyright information.

All submitted material is reviewed for content integrity to verify the appropriateness for the requested directory category and subject matter.

Applied Health Articles is available at: http://www.appliedhealtharticles.com or through the Applied Health Solutions main web site at: http://www.appliedhealth.com.

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URAC Seeks Public Comment on Standards for Disease Management Accreditation

URAC Seeks Public Comment on Standards for Disease Management Accreditation











Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 12, 2011

URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization, today opened a call for public comment to share input and opinions on proposed revised and new standards for its Disease Management Accreditation program. Purchasers, policy makers, consumers, health care management organizations, employers, and health plans are encouraged to provide their comments on the proposed URAC standards at http://www.urac.org/publiccomment/. The deadline for public comment is 6:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 23, 2011.

“URAC’s Disease Management program works to equip all types of organizations that provide services for individuals with chronic illness with the tools they need to better assess and respond to the needs of consumers,” said Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO of URAC. The revised and new disease management standards reflect the growing trends in the changing disease management industry.”

URAC’s process for the review, development and selection of standards is done collaboratively with multiple stakeholders working through a multi-stage process that includes public comment. The URAC Disease Management Focus and Advisory Groups, and Health Standards Committee have been actively engaged in the process of revising the current standards and developing new ones.

The standards open for comment are categorized in the following domains:

    Disease Management (DM) Program Scope and Objectives
    Disease Management (DM) Staffing
    Disease Management (DM) Performance Reporting
    Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
    Evaluating Eligible Populations
    Disease Management (DM) Program Design

The current standards were carefully reviewed and revised to best reflect recent trends within the disease management industry, in particular concepts related to managing multiple chronic conditions, increased patient activation and engagement, increased family and caregiver support, increased care coordination and processes for transitions of care – including working with the patient centered health care home (i.e., medical home), as well as the inclusion of process and health outcomes reporting.

Another major change to these standards is the requirement to report on specific cross-cutting and disease-specific performance measures, which will be released near the end of August under a separate public comment period.

For more information, please contact URAC’s Senior Manager for Product Development, Terri Moore, at (202) 326-3950 or email at tmoore(at)urac(dot)org.

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit http://www.urac.org.

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