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Protecting Health Records

Electronic health records can make collecting and storing patient data easier, but they can make it easier to commit fraud, too. The Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department says EHR technologies can hide who wrote the records, and also change the data to fake a healthcare claim. The IG investigated the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its contractors to see what protections they're adding to their record systems. So far, almost nothing. The Inspector General says only a few of the CMS contractors have system protections tailored to electronic health records. And CMS is only providing limited guidance at best. The IG is recommending the agency update its guidance for contractors and work with them to develop new ways to protect the data.


Monday - 01/13/2014, 11:27am EST

Don Sheehan moves to Accelera Solutions as Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions

A cybersecurity executive from the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to the private sector. Don Sheehan is now the Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions at the company Accelera Solutions...they're a cloud and virtualization contracting company. He previously served as Director of Business Continuity at the V-A. He was also part of the V-A's Office of Information Security since 2003 and helped lead the department's response to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Sheehan also helped lead the creation of the VA Trusted Internet Connection gateways. At Accelera Solutions, he'll try to expand the role of cloud systems at federal agencies...specifically from a cybersecurity perspective. The goal is to increase the reliance on cloud technologies to IMPROVE cybersecurity at the federal and commercial level.


Monday - 01/13/2014, 11:27am EST

Honoring those who made a difference in cybersecurity in 2013

Four federal employees were among those honored by the SANS Institute for having made a difference in cybersecurity in 2013.


Thursday - 12/26/2013, 09:26am EST

Affordable Care Act Showing Positive Impact

Despite the technical problems, the Affordable Care Act is already making a permanent, positive impact on the public and private sector workforce. The number of frontline and non-clinical health care jobs is expected to skyrocket, according to the College for America at Southern New Hampshire University. That includes the job of patient navigator that helps connect people to the new healthcare options. Medical office specialist and medical assistant are expected to be the third and fourth fastest growing job types through the year 20-20...and that's compared to all other jobs in all other industries tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report says the growth is due in part from the aging baby boomer generation...but also because of advances in health information technology. The number of jobs as a medical records technician is also expected to quickly rise.

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Friday - 11/22/2013, 01:53pm EST

Q & A with Washington Technology's Nick Wakeman

Washington Technology Editor in Chief Nick Wakeman joins host Mark Amtower for a wide ranging discussion of the big technology and acquisition stories.
APril 30, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , mergers and acquisitions , Washington Technology , Nick Wakeman , CSC , Lockheed , health IT , cybersecurity , PR , Amtower Off Center , Mark Amtower

Monday - 04/30/2012, 10:41pm EDT

All about upcoming conferences

Amtower gets the latest on upcoming conferences that you should attend.
March 15, 2010

Tags: OSDBU , FISSEA , NIST , DHS , NIH , National Veterans Small Business Conference , Lockheed Martin

Monday - 03/15/2010, 01:46pm EDT

Stories to keep watching

Washington Technology's Nick Wakeman and David Hubler on the top stories of 2009 and beyond.
Dec. 21, 2009

Tags: contracing , Lockheed , Hanford , SAIC , EDS , HP , Dell , Perot Systems , ACS , XEROS , CACI , Bob Lohfeld , General Dynamics , Qwest , Sprint , Healthcare IT , GSA , Washington Technology

Monday - 12/21/2009, 01:23pm EST