Federal government in talks with tech groups to use phone location data to track coronavirus: report

Facebook | March 17, 2020

The federal government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about ways to use smartphone location data to tackle the coronavirus, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Washington is reportedly interested in using the data to better understand how the virus spreads and to see whether people are practicing social distancing. A new task force made up of tech and other industry executives presented ideas for the use of the location data at a White House meeting Sunday, the Post reported. Presenters included officials from Harvard University and representatives from top tech groups and Silicon Valley firms.

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FDA prioritizes drugs that are medically necessary. A medically necessary drug product is a product that is used to treat or prevent a serious disease or medical condition for which there is no alternative drug, available in adequate supply, that medical staff has determined to be an acceptable substitute. Although the agency focuses on medically necessary drugs, all potential shortages are evaluated to help determine the possible public health impact.

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GlobalMed | October 19, 2021

GlobalMed, an international provider of telehealth solutions, today announced that its industry leading virtual health platform has earned the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Authority to Operate (ATO) on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) DHA Medical Community of Interest (Med COI) network. GlobalMed's virtual health solutions are the first synchronous clinical virtual health technologies awarded an ATO. This much coveted certification enables GlobalMed to integrate their virtual health platform including carts, medical devices, software, and applications directly with the DHA's Med COI network, making their solutions available to integrate with MHS Genesis, the new patient-centric enterprise system designed to provide a single, continuous record of care for all DOD beneficiaries. In addition to providing medical care on the battlefield and at bases overseas (as well as on ships) DHA's network includes 721 military treatment facilities and 174,000 health care personnel, which provide health services to approximately 9.6 million beneficiaries. "It has always been a personal priority to increase health care access for the members and families of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Space Force and Coast Guard. The Department of Defense is a huge healthcare provider and network security is a high priority. GlobalMed is committed to every aspect of security and compliance throughout our applications having recently completed our SOC 2 Type 2 examination with even more stringent security attestations on our road map. Our commitment to delivering unmatched performance, security and scalability extends beyond our government clients to those in the commercial enterprise space, giving physician groups and non-government hospitals an added measure of reassurance." Joel E. Barthelemy, CEO and Vice Chairman of GlobalMed and a Marine Corps Reserve Veteran DHA selected GlobalMed for its HIPAA-compliant virtual telemedicine platform that seamlessly and securely connects healthcare professionals and patients, regardless of location. GlobalMed is also the telehealth provider for the White House Medical Unit and has deployed their solutions across the VA hospitals and extension centers, and other U.S. Departments and Agencies. About GlobalMed® GlobalMed powers the world's largest, most advanced virtual health platform that supports a patient at any point in the continuum of care. Providers are enabled with integrative software and data-capturing tools to deliver a complete and accurate patient encounter for evidence-based treatment and improved patient outcomes. Providers looking to manage capacity, reduce costs, and deliver responsible medicine, will get all they need from one platform.

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Amman the Capital of Jordan Adopts Accela Software to Enhance Public Safety Enforcement Via Mobile Inspections

Accela | October 05, 2020

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New Lobbying Firm to Provide Brokers with a Voice and Advocacy in Local and Federal Government

Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) | March 11, 2022

The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) released that the organization will be working with a new lobbying firm, Forbes Tate Partners (FTP). Focused on communication and engagement strategies to reach and engage key audiences, FTP is a bipartisan, comprehensive public affairs firm specializing in government relations, traditional and digital communications, grassroots advocacy, third-party coordination, insights, polling, coalition management, and business development. The broker community is thrilled that Forbes Tate will represent our interests in government affairs. The strategies they're advancing will effectively suit our needs by growing our footprint, increasing our impact, and building our reputation exponentially. Additionally, they will help us fight for a voice for the broker channel and champion consumers from all backgrounds." Katie Sweeney, CEO of AIME FTP's Senior Vice President, Kelley Williams, will serve as the lead lobbyist; previously, Kelley was the VP of Government Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Additionally, FTP’s Jeff Strunk, Managing Director, and Trevor Hanger, Senior Vice President, will also act as an adviser. “We are eager to support AIME's ambitious goals and the direction their advocacy work for both mortgage brokers and diversified consumers is heading in,” said Williams. AIME launched its Government Affairs Committee in 2021 and has made significant progress since then. In addition to expanding and scaling the organization, FTP will address the most critical issues impacting the broker channel and multifaceted consumers today. In the short term, AIME plans to create a Consumer Advocacy Committee with Subcommittees focused on Black, Hispanic, and Veteran Homeownership, and will continue to focus on issues that brokers face on both a local and national level. “Several exciting updates will soon be available, including the opportunity for this group to dig deeper into specific lobbying initiatives," said Brendan McKay, President of Advocacy. “The fact that black homeownership is at a low point compared to a decade ago, the wealth gap between Hispanic and white Americans persists, and Veterans are often taken advantage of when obtaining a mortgage or refinancing should be our focus, as well as other challenges the broker community faces." About Association of Independent Mortgage Experts The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) is a non-profit, national trade membership association created exclusively for independent mortgage brokers. With over 40,000 members, AIME is committed to establishing a community of independent mortgage experts by creating an association that empowers them with unparalleled technology, continued education, and networking support necessary to successfully advise consumers nationwide with their residential mortgage needs. AIME operates with a growth-focused strategy, providing tools and resources to propel the wholesale channel beyond a 25% share of the mortgage market in 2022 and beyond.

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