ATA pushing to make telehealth a key part of ACOs' success; Dell shares his healthcare vision;

> The American Telemedicine Association sent a six-page letter to CMS April 25, imploring Administrator Donald Berwick to waive five regulatory restrictions that would prevent ACOs from using telemedicine services to coordinate patient care, improve outcomes and save money. FierceMobileHealthcare

> Speaking at the Health Evolution Partners Leadership Summit last Friday, Michael Dell spoke about the need for electronic medical records and cloud computing in healthcare's future. In his talk, he encouraged healthcare leaders to "unlock information, empower caregivers, improve the technology and business infrastructure and use information for innovation." Announcement

> The Government Accountability Office calls for more transparency in the Veterans Administration's new resource allocation process, according to a report released Friday. Report (.pdf)

> The Waldo Health Patient Monitor device last week earned 510(k) Class II clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The monitor is a 10-inch touch screen based device, and "provides for sensor device Vital Signs Collection, Wellness Questionnaires to assess qualitative health condition, Medication Reminders, Two-Way Messaging, Two-Way Video Conferencing, Health Video Film Library to teach patients about their condition(s), Health Tips, and Fun/Internet Access." Announcement (.pdf courtesy of Telecare Aware)

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