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National Cancer Institute symposium emphasizes technology’s role in health care

BY Drew Buono

BETHESDA, Md. The future of the health care industry is based on how much they will integrate technology into their practices, according to a symposium called, “The Future: Consumer health Information Technology,” which was sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, according to published reports.

With a focus on using behavioral research and innovative technologies to create new evidence-based health solutions, the program’s organizers asked the private-sector information technology experts about ways in which consumer technologies might change health care and its delivery, including personal health management.

Panelists agreed that the Internet has removed medicine’s paternalistic culture and empowered health care users. Between 2003 and 2005, there was a “massive spread of people online looking for health care information,” said Bradford Hesse, chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Brand at the National Cancer Institute.

“And in the same way that computing evolved from mainframes to personal computers, technology-enabled health care could migrate from hospitals and medical centers to the home,” suggested Bern Shen, chief health care strategist at Intel Digital Health.

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FDA grants Mylan tentative approval for generic Lamictal

BY Drew Buono

PITTSBURGH, Pa. Mylan Pharmaceuticals has received tentative approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a generic version of Lamictal.

Lamictal, by GlaxoSmithKline is used to treat epilepsy and bipolar I disorder. The generic version, lamotrigine, will be available in 25 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg and 200 mg tablet strengths.

The drug had sales of about $1.97 billion for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2007.

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NoMoreClipboard.com, ReliefInsite.com partner to offer online pain management module

BY Drew Buono

FORT WAYNE, Ind. NoMoreClipboard.com and ReliefInsite.com have teamed up to ease pain management for patients, practitioners and caregivers. The two have incorporated a free pain management module into the NoMoreClipBoard.com interface.

NoMoreClipboard.com, an online personal health record company, works with health care providers and industry groups to simplify transactions between patients, providers and payors, saving each party significant time and effort. Within NoMoreClipboard.com, patients or caregivers can store information such as allergies, medications and medical conditions in a secure environment. The patient can then choose to share their records with selected health care providers, and NoMoreClipboard.com takes care of securely transferring the record to physicians on behalf of the patient. ReliefInsite.com is a health care information technology company that provides secure online pain management services.

The ReliefInsite.com pain management module within NoMoreClipboard.com allows patients to share their daily pain diary with doctors, nurses, therapists, family members and friends. In addition, ReliefInsite.com offers dynamic, real-time graphical reports to help improve patient compliance, and assists case managers by monitoring therapy effectiveness with time-stamped records, revealing the interaction between pain levels and the patient’s personal and professional lifestyle.

“NoMoreClipboard.com allows patients to store and manage health information and share it with their health care providers, easily and seamlessly,” said Jeff Donnell, NoMoreClipboard.com vice president of marketing. “The ReliefInsite pain management module makes our personal health record even more valuable for the 50 million Americans who currently suffer from chronic pain.”

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