A Web-based interactive anthology will provide psychologists, economists, anthropologists, sociologists and other scientists with the latest research methods and tools to address emerging challenges in public health, such as the obesity epidemic and the rise of chronic diseases such as heart disease. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health collaborated with New England Research Institutes to create the free resource, called e-Source.
Tomorrow, Microsoft, together with Building Healthier Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, will kick-off the first of a new series of forums entitled “Innovation in Public and Private Collaboration.” The event will focus on cutting-edge and emerging business and public health collaborations among organizations in health, education, economic development and technology sectors. The keynote address will be presented by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin.
In the coming months, Microsoft will hold additional forums around the country to discuss additional drivers for facilitating public-private partnerships to improve health, economic, workforce and education outcomes. Future forums will focus on health modernization models, partnerships in healthcare and education, business and public health collaboration, technology innovation and health and economic development.
Since Microsoft is actively involved in many areas of healthcare, the company has a unique position from which to observe and participate in emerging public-private partnerships. Indeed, Microsoft works with both commercial and federal, state and local payers and providers, as well as life sciences, research and academic organizations and other community resources.
As part of an ongoing conversations with health decision makers across the country, William O’Leary, Executive Director, Policy, Health and Human Services at Microsoft talked with Dr. James M. Galloway, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General for the United States Public Health Services (who will facilitate the discussion on business and public health at the Chicago forum) and Claire Gregoire, chair of the Health and Wellness Coalition for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
From the interview:
The forum will also discuss cutting edge collaborations among health, education, economic development and technology. Regarding technology, we know that Congress, business and the health community are investing billions of dollars in health IT as a means to reduce health costs, facilitate access, as well as measure and improve outcomes.
These efforts leverage the Internet as a means to connect consumers, business and health care. For example, the Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait helps users organize and share family health history. Government and business recognize that Internet access is a critical tool for improving health, education and economic development. As another example, Connect to Compete is a national public, private and nonprofit partnership announced by the Federal Communications Commission, which includes businesses such as Microsoft and Best Buy. The goal is to increase broadband adoption and digital literacy training in disadvantaged communities throughout the country.
You can read the rest of the interview at Microsoft in Health.
The National Institutes of Health today announced an agreement with two non-profit organizations to accelerate the development of potential clinical therapies for rare blood cancers.
The cooperative research and development agreement has been established as a shared commitment to move therapies for rare blood cancers into clinical proof-of-concept studies so that promising treatments can eventually be commercialized. The agreement is among the University of Kansas Medical Center, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the NIH Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (TRND) program and the Hematology Branch within the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).