Spain’s Regional Extremadura Government Launches Electronic Prescription System With IBM

June 6, 2009

The Extremadura Regional Government of Spain and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have launched an electronic prescription system in 680 pharmacies in Extremadura, where health centres and pharmacies are now computerised and able to prescribe and dispense prescription medications electronically.

Electronic prescriptions make it easier for patients and doctors to monitor and control treatment. It also improves the quality of care as doctors have up to 30% more time for patient consultations, according to Extremadura Health Service.
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Colorado House Kills Legislation To Build Single-Payer Health Care System

April 21, 2009

The Colorado House has abandoned legislation that would have laid the groundwork for a statewide single-payer health care system, the AP/Denver Post reports. State Rep. John Kefalas (D) said on Wednesday the bill was introduced to aid the estimated 800,000 uninsured state residents, as well as those who are underinsured. The bill would have established a central health care authority, headed by a 23-member board of directors, to create the single-payer system.
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Colorado House Kills Legislation To Build Single-Payer Health Care System

April 21, 2009

The Colorado House has abandoned legislation that would have laid the groundwork for a statewide single-payer health care system, the AP/Denver Post reports. State Rep. John Kefalas (D) said on Wednesday the bill was introduced to aid the estimated 800,000 uninsured state residents, as well as those who are underinsured. The bill would have established a central health care authority, headed by a 23-member board of directors, to create the single-payer system.
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ESI’s LaserMill Micromachining System Selected To Aid In The Battle Against Parkinson’s Disease

April 20, 2009

Electro Scientific Industries (Nasdaq: ESIO), a leading provider of world-class photonic and laser systems for microengineering applications, announced that Lund University in Sweden has selected ESI’s LaserMill micromachining system for use in a cutting-edge, scientific application. The system will be utilized by Lund University researchers in the production of micro-wires and circuitry used to combat the effects of Parkinson’s disease. It is believed that the wires and circuitry-which could eventually be implanted into the human brain-will conduct minute amounts of electrical current to specific areas of the brain to lessen the impairment of motor skills associated with Parkinson’s.
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Obama Should Consider Canadian Health Care System ‘Hardships’ When Developing Overhaul Plan, Editorial States

February 12, 2009

President Obama and congressional Democrats last week took a “first step … toward government-run health insurance” with the enactment of a law to reauthorize and expand CHIP, but they should consider “Canada’s experience” before “proceeding further,” Nadeem Esmail, director of Health System Performance Studies at the Fraser Institute, writes in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece.

He writes, “Health care resources are not unlimited in any country … and must be rationed either by price or time,” and as a result, when “individuals bear no direct responsibility to paying for their care, as in Canada, that care is rationed by waiting.” Esmail cites several “constitutional challenges” filed by Canadian patients placed on waiting lists for health care that “share a common goal: to win Canadians the freedom to spend their own money to protect themselves from the inadequacies of the government health insurance system.”
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Obama Should Consider Canadian Health Care System ‘Hardships’ When Developing Overhaul Plan, Editorial States

February 12, 2009

President Obama and congressional Democrats last week took a “first step … toward government-run health insurance” with the enactment of a law to reauthorize and expand CHIP, but they should consider “Canada’s experience” before “proceeding further,” Nadeem Esmail, director of Health System Performance Studies at the Fraser Institute, writes in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece.

He writes, “Health care resources are not unlimited in any country … and must be rationed either by price or time,” and as a result, when “individuals bear no direct responsibility to paying for their care, as in Canada, that care is rationed by waiting.” Esmail cites several “constitutional challenges” filed by Canadian patients placed on waiting lists for health care that “share a common goal: to win Canadians the freedom to spend their own money to protect themselves from the inadequacies of the government health insurance system.”
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American Veterinary Medical Association Urges Veterinarians To Support National Animal Identification System

January 17, 2009

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is showing its strong support for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) by urging veterinarians to actively participate in the system and utilize the new Veterinarian’s Toolkit.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA-APHIS) Veterinarian’s Toolkit is an online resource developed by veterinarians for veterinarians. It provides a myriad of information including a detailed guide to how NAIS works and resources to help communicate its importance and benefits to producers.
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