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AMA enters wellness IT partnerships The American Medical Association has made handles computer retailer Dell, and Ingenix, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, to help physicians adopt and implement electronic health records , the Chicago Tribune reports. The terms of the deals weren’t released, but one portion of the arrangement with Ingenix will be to give doctors a Web-based medical record system known as CareTracker. This content is republished with kind authorization from our close friends at The Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the complete Kaiser Daily Health Policy Statement, search the archives, or join email delivery of in-depth coverage of wellness policy developments, debates and discussions.‘We found that, inside our study, prices for varicella [chickenpox] in the U.S. Continuing to decline as the varicella vaccine program is becoming fully implemented,’ study co-author Jessica Leung said in a journal news release. ‘We noticed significant declines in rates of varicella after the one-dosage vaccine was recommended in 1995 in the U.S., and we’re continuing to discover additional declines in varicella after two doses were recommended in 2006,’ she added. The largest decrease in chickenpox occurred among teens and children aged 1 to 19, a group targeted for vaccination against the disease. But there were also significant drops in outpatient appointments and hospitalizations among children younger than 12 months – – for whom the vaccine is not suggested – – and among adults, who usually do not get vaccinated.