Blue Button, Open Data among health-related initiatives in new White House effort; Researcher develops online decision support tool for wheelchair-bound patients;

> U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park this week announced the launch of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, in which private sector innovators collaborate with government innovators on "game-changing projects" for fellowships lasting between six and 12 months. Among the five projects listed, two--the Open Data Initiatives program and Blue Button for America--have a direct impact in healthcare. Blog post

> A new web-based decision support tool developed by a researcher at Wayne State University in Detroit helps people in need of a wheelchair to decide which one works best for them. The system enables patients to research wheelchair options using advanced queries , and in a recent study was found to be user friendly. Announcement

> Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems CIO Catherine Bruno earned the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Award for Innovation Leadership at this week's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass., Healthcare Informatics reports. Bruno is an executive sponsor for the Bangor Beacon Community, and also recently won a HIMSS award for implementation of a system-wide electronic health record system. Post

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