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Government health care website quietly sharing personal data

Pregnant? A smoker? Govt health insurance website sharing personal data with private companies

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 03:22pm EST

Open data, IT security, the cloud, and more

CTOvision.com publisher Bob Gourley joins host John Gilroy to discuss a number of technology challenges affecting the federal tech community.
January 20, 2015

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:16pm EST
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Jim Demetriades, Veterans Health Administration

You might only know it from "Jeopardy!" but IBM's famous Watson technology has found a new use. Veterans Affairs plans to use it as part of a pilot program to quickly search electronic medical records. If it works as planned, it'll allow VA doctors to spend more time with their patients. Jim Demetriades is the director of emerging health technologies at the Veterans Health Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:43am EST
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Three perspectives on big data and health analytics

John Gilroy hosts a roundtable discussion of strategies that agencies can use to deal with large healthcare IT data stores.
January 13, 2015

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 08:23pm EST
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John Teeter, Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health

Federal health agencies need help drafting their latest update to the Federal Health IT strategy guide. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan relies on new research gathered about electronic health records in both the public and private sectors. But those agencies are looking for public input to make it perfect. John Teeter is managing director of the Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to improve the new strategy guide that will inform public health policies until the year 2020.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:18pm EST
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Horace Blackman, Vice President of Health and Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded a five-year, $563 million contract to Accenture to continue its work on Healthcare.gov. It's a high-profile contract in health IT in the federal government, but it's only one contract. Horace Blackman is vice president of health and life sciences at Lockheed Martin. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. Horace says health IT growth is poised to explode -- and 2015 won't be the end of it, either.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:01pm EST

Keith Trippie, Chief Executive Officer, Trippie Group

The Department of Veterans Affairs investigated a security hole in a telehealth program. VA said personal information for more than 7,000 vets was been exposed, but the Federal Times reports both the VA and the vendor that provided the service said no data was stolen. Keith Trippie, chief executive officer of The Trippie Group, was former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office at the Department of Homeland Security. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose even with the security risks telehealth initiatives will help government serve citizens better and save the government money in a couple different ways.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:09pm EST

Contractor security flaw puts data of 7,000 veterans at risk

The Veterans Affairs Department says veterans using a specific contractor for home telehealth services found a vulnerability that potentially could've exposed personal information of veterans. VA said the vulnerability has been closed and it has offered those affected credit monitoring services.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 12:18pm EST

Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Telehealth and mobile health technology will become more common as the federal government moves into a new phase of Health IT priorities. The new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 lays out five goals for collecting, using, and disseminating interoperable information. 35 agencies contributed to the plan. Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the strategic plan.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:21pm EST
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Big data, cloud computing, and other IT topics

Simon Szykman, chief technology for a wide ranging discussion of the IT challenges facing federal agencies.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:52pm EST
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VA to spend up to $690 million on new patient scheduling system

The Department of Veterans Affairs released a request for proposals on Wednesday to build a new patient scheduling system - an endeavor that could cost up to $690 million over seven years.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:02am EST

Open enrollment now available for Healthcare.gov

The open enrollment period for Healthcare.gov is now open. It runs until February 15th, 2015. The Health and Human Services Department is doing things a little bit differently this time around to try to mitigate the problems from last year.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 09:56am EST

Compliance, data collection & healthcare IT

NextLOGiK CEO Kirk Couser and Director Chad Baker explain how their products can help federal agencies with data collection.
November 11, 2014

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 08:38pm EST
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Cybersecurity a priority in the HHS OIG 2015 work plan

Cybersecurity will be top of mind in 2015 for the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department. In its work plan for next year, HHS OIG says it will heavily focus on federal oversight policy for medical devices and electronic health records.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 03:42pm EST

Subpoena issued for former HHS CTO

House Republicans issue a subpoena for Todd Park, former CTO of HHS, to testify about his role in launching Healthcare.gov. Park has already refused to testify before the House Science Committee five times, according to committee chairman Lamar Smith. The White House says it has the subpoena and will not stop Park from testifying.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 03:08pm EST

House GOP subpoenas former CTO Todd Park over HealthCare.gov

Citing cybersecurity concerns, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is compelling Park to testify about his role in the development of the health insurance exchange portal.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:34am EDT

The role of electronic health records in the Ebola outbreak

The recent death of Thomas Duncan of the Ebola virus, the first in the nation, is raising questions about the role and efficacy of electronic health records.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 02:56pm EDT

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

Healthcare IT & acquisition

John Gilroy hosts a roundtable discussion of healthcare IT and how it relates to federal IT professionals and the whole acquisition process.
October 7, 2014

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 06:59pm EDT
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