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5:03 am, October 23, 2014

General Dynamics IT Solutions Center - Health

HHS hopes to ignite employees' entrepreneurial spirits

The Health and Human Services Department is offering $5,000 in seed money for HHS employees who have start-up business ideas that will also help the agency. It's called the HHS Ignite program: agency entrepreneurs get the seed money and a little bit of coaching to try to get their business ideas off the ground. If they're successful, it's a win-win for both the agency and its employees.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:52pm EDT

Government hackers attempt to break into Healthcare.gov

Government hackers see a way to break into Healthcare.gov, but in some ways that's good news. Cyber experts from the Health and Human Services Inspector General's Office found a big hole in the site's security system. But once the hackers found the hole and tried to exploit it, the site's defense system blocked them. The agency says its working to fix the problem.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 10:48am EDT

White House unveils new open government initiatives

The White House has unveiled new or expanded commitments to open government. Included are plans to adopt an open source software policy, with a deadline of Dec. 31, 2015, as well as plans to improve delivery of government digital services.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Standardized form aimed to expedite VA disability claims

Primitive information technology could make a huge dent in the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 10:35am EDT

Satisfaction lacking in electronic health records

Electronic health records might be more efficient than paper-based systems, but doctors and their patients aren't exactly satisfied with how they work. The American Medical Association is actually calling for a complete overhaul of EHR systems in federal agencies and hospitals around the country. The Association has a new framework it claims addresses the eight top challenges with EHR systems, and offers a solution for each. For example, many of its members complain the time they're forced to sit in front of a computer prevents them from interacting face-to-face with their patients. Pop-up reminders and hard-to-navigate menus can even make them less efficient than a paper-based system. The Association would like to see the technology integrate with the actual appointment with a patient.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:11pm EDT

One vendor team's approach to DoD EHR: Start with VistA

Advocates for VistA, VA's EHR system, shouldn't give up hope yet. There's still some chance that DoD could wind up using the same system VA does, or at least a commercial derivative of it.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 06:04pm EDT

DoD broadens its horizons on benefits of new electronic health record system

The Pentagon has been thinking about how to upgrade and replace its electronic health record system for a very long time. But in the eight years that have passed since those discussions began in earnest, much has changed in terms of the capabilities of commercial EHR systems.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 05:58pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Army stands up first-of-its-kind cyber brigade

"Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community, as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. In this week's notebook, Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, Army Cyber Command's senior enlisted adviser said the Army's new dedicated career branch for cyber specialties could be up and running as soon as October

Friday - 09/12/2014, 05:41pm EDT

The state of Healthcare.gov cybersecurity

The oversight spotlight falls on Healthcare.gov and its cybersecurity this week. Wednesday, September 17th, sees the results of an investigation by the Government Accountability Office into the site's security controls. Thursday includes testimony from Marilyn Tavenner, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Her testimony includes analysis of a recent cyber attack.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 03:37pm EDT

VA building on My HealtheVet successes with mobile apps

The Veterans Affairs Department will release the Summary of Care and Blue Button applications for mobile devices this fall. The release is part of a burgeoning effort to create connections with patients outside of the traditional office visit.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 03:49am EDT
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CEO named for HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration picks Connecticut official Kevin Counihan to run HealthCare.gov.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 03:54pm EDT

RFP officially begins DoD effort to modernize electronic health records

After more than a year of planning, the Defense Department issues the final solicitation for a commercial software to replace its AHLTA program. The Pentagon expects to make a single award for the contract that could be worth $11 billion over its lifetime.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:51am EDT

VA to start accepting bids for new patient scheduling system

VA, which has been eyeing a replacement for its scheduling system long before the current scandal, plans to issue a final request for proposals by the end of next month and make an award by the end of the year.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 05:18pm EDT

US won't reveal records on health website security

Citing threats from hackers, US won't release security details for federal health care website

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 11:08am EDT

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 03:23am EDT

Data breach at Accretive Health leads to settlement with FTC

The Chicago-based company Accretive Health agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after a data breach in 2011 left more than 23,000 patients open to identity theft. The settlement doesn't include any financial penalties. Instead the company has to add new levels of security to its systems to better protect patient information.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 09:06am EDT

New NIH contract explores non-medical technology

The National Institutes of Health is offering a government-wide contract for information technology that could be worth up to $20 billion. The Chief Information Officer - Commodities and Solutions will last for ten years and covers IT requirements across the entire government.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 10:09am EDT

Medical health repository created to benefit millions of Americans

A small part of the Affordable Care Act is funding the creation of a medical health repository for almost 30 million Americans. As part of the law, Congress created an independent nonprofit called the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that's based in D.C.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 02:54pm EDT

Security review of healthcare.gov underway

The House Committee on Space, Science and Technology is asking for a top-to-bottom security review of the HealthCare.gov website. Committee chairman Lamar Smith is asking the Government Accountability Office to do the review.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:56pm EDT

Defense Health Agency awards electronic health records contract at DoD

The Defense Health Agency awards a $71 million bridge contract to support electronic health records at the DoD.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 11:07am EDT
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