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Federal Drive Interviews -- Oct. 19, 2012

Warren Suss of Suss Consulting discusses Sprint's acquisition by Japanese company Softbank. Harl Sanderson, the "mayor of Beale Air Force Base," is honored as manager of the year. Roger Baker, the CIO at the VA, talks about the benefits of electronic health records. Technology reporter Ed Scannell reviews Windows 8.

Tags: Warren Suss , Sprint , Softbank , Harl Sanderson , technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DoD , DoD Report , Roger Baker , Veterans Affairs , health IT , Ed Scannell , Federal Drive

Friday - 10/19/2012, 09:29am EDT

FDA checking high-risk medical apps for safety

Last year, the FDA proposed a policy to test apps that included "very high-risk interventions" that did not cause any unintended consequences. The agency is now expected to release final policy by the end of this year on which apps it will oversee.

Tags: Bakul Patel , FDA , Mike Honda , House , technology , mobile , health IT , Jolie Lee , Federal Drive

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 02:51pm EDT
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Indian Health Service solving e-health challenges with help from VA

The Indian Health Service is using the success of the Veterans Affairs e-health record program to update its own systems. IHS Acting Chief Information Officer Howard Hays spoke to Federal News Radio's Agency of the Month show about the upgrade.

Tags: Howard Hays , Agency of the Month , Indian Health Service , HHS , information technology , health IT , e-health records

Monday - 10/08/2012, 02:16pm EDT
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DoD, VA's health IT efforts grow out of leadership, necessity

The agencies soon will issue solicitations that will take them one step closer to deploying integrated electronic health records for service members, veterans and their families. The departments have been working on the project for years but have only recently begun to demonstrate tangible progress.

Tags: DoD , VA , electronic health records , health IT , technology , Ruben Gomez , Barclay Butler , Jeff Miller , Ed Meagher , Robert Wah , Obama Impact , House Veterans Affairs Committee , CSC , SRA , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:35am EDT
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Technology reforms give agencies a needed lift

In part 2 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine the success and change brought by five technology initiatives. We rated three as effective, one as having made some progress, but more is needed, and a fifth as ineffective.

Tags: technology , Obama Impact , cybersecurity , openness and transparency , IT reform , health IT , information sharing , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:25am EDT

VA's Blue Button now at 1 million users, aims at 100 million soon

Veterans Affairs PHR effort has already gone far beyond VA. After reaching 1 million users, originators of the project have set their sights on 100 million.

Tags: VA , Blue Button , Peter Levin , Presidential Innovation Fellows program , health IT , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 05:42am EDT
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Integrated health record tests DoD's agile acquisition aspirations

DoD and VA have both committed to moving from their legacy electronic health record systems to a joint, integrated system by 2017. But there are challenges: an aggressive timeline and an acquisition culture that's not been suited to agility in the past.

Tags: DoD , VA , Integrated Electronic Health Record , technology , health IT , Barclay Butler , Michael Weiner , Leon Panetta , Eric Shinseki , Susan Perez , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/31/2012, 05:11am EDT
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DoD, VA joint e-health record ahead of schedule

The development of a shared records system between the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs is making progress thanks to several pilots. VA-DoD is taking the lessons learned from the tests and applying them to future pilots.

Tags: DoD , VA , electronic health records , health IT , technology , Federal Drive , Esther Carey , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 07/02/2012, 03:32pm EDT
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Step 2 of EHR rules focuses on security

Tougher cybersecurity regulations could be the final step for Stage 2 of the HITECH Act, which aims to implement electronic health records. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services want hospitals to prove their EHRs are encrypted and secure.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , HITECH Act , EHR , health IT , In Depth , Francis Rose

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 01:39pm EDT

ONC offers $75k for new health data app

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to big data.

It's offering a $75,000 prize for the development of an application that mashes up personal health data with larger information sets. The goal? Making big data more beneficial for patients.

Entries are due September 5th.

Tags: technology , health IT , The Big Data Report , MarkLogic , ONC

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 05:02pm EDT
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