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Tennessee Clinics To Increase Rural Access To Specialty Care

Forty-three federally funded community health centers in Tennessee will receive telemedicine equipment by the end of 2007, which is intended to improve lower-income and uninsured residents' access to specialty care, the Tennessean reports. The technology is funded primarily by a $1.6 million grant from the eHealth Council, founded by Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) to implement electronic technology in health care.

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Nebraska County Report Shows Health Disparities Between Black, White Residents

Blacks in Douglas County, Neb., have higher rates of cancer death, cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, sexually transmitted infections and other health issues than whites, according to a report released Friday by the Health Department, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

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US Hospitals Increasing Use Of Health Information Technology

The U.S. health care system -- traditionally a"notoriously paper bound industry" -- is increasingly adopting health care information technology in an effort to improve patient safety,satisfaction and efficiency, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. According to the Inquirer,the growth in usage is in "response to pressure to reduce errors, use space and employees more efficiently, and give savvy patients reasons to choose a particular hospital over a competitor."

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