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Health IT: A Policy Change Agent

As we near critical health policy deadlines, it is essential for the federal sector to understand how secure, interoperable health data exchange can improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and safety of care. Laws, such as the Affordable Care Act, are influencing how IT must be harnessed by providers and payers in the public & private sectors.

Tags: technology , HiMSS , Carla Smith , Aneesh Chopra , Judy Murphy

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 11:51am EDT
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Internal watchdog blasts DoD's health IT efforts

A memo obtained by Federal News Radio points to a split in thinking inside the Pentagon's efforts to achieve interoperability with VA's electronic health record system. An assessment by the Pentagon's office of operational test and evaluation, an internal acquisition watchdog, finds DoD's project to build a new electronic health record is "likely to be detrimental to the President's goals" for interoperable health IT.

Tags: DoD , VA , Integrated health records system , iEHR , Michael Gilmore , technology , information sharing , Jared Serbu , exclusive

Monday - 04/22/2013, 08:02pm EDT

Hagel orders DoD to 'restructure' path toward integrated health record

The Pentagon delays its RFP for a new electronic health record system. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says a revised approach is coming soon.

Tags: VA , Integrated Electronic Health Record , Chuck Hagel , Jared Serbu , House Appropriations Committee , industry , contracting , technology , DoD ,

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 05:23am EDT
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VA-DoD health record saga becomes fodder for comedy show

The promise of a single a joint electronic health record system has long stymied the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. And now it's drawn the attention of late-night comedy show "The Daily Show."

Tags: VA , DoD , EHR , The Daily Show , Jon Stewart , VistA

Friday - 03/29/2013, 05:20pm EDT

Pentagon applying lessons from past ERP failures

DoD said it is tightening-up governance over its large business IT systems, looking for indicators of future failure and forcing resource sponsors to justify their needs before projects begin. Elizabeth McGrath, DoD's deputy chief management officer, told House lawmakers the Pentagon is working on data quality and changing business processes to avoid previous problems.

Tags: DoD , ERP , Congress , ECSS , Air Force , Elizabeth McGrath , John McCain , Jared Serbu , House Armed Services Committee , technology , VA ,

Friday - 03/15/2013, 09:09am EDT
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House committee worried DoD, VA 'moving the goal posts' on e-health records

A House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the decision by the Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments to scale back plans for a joint integrated electronic-health records systems dredged up longstanding issues with the two departments' EHR efforts.

Tags: EHR , Roger Baker , technology , Congress , House , iEHR , Jeff Miller , Elizabeth McGrath

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 04:47pm EST

VA CTO Peter Levin to leave agency

Peter Levin, the Veterans Affairs chief technology officer, is leaving the agency. He follows Roger Baker, the agency's CIO and assistant secretary in the Office of Information and Technology, who resigned last week.

Tags: Peter Levin , CTO , VA , Roger Baker , Blue Button

Monday - 02/18/2013, 06:00pm EST

DoD, VA accelerate schedule for integrated health record

The two departments are looking for "quick wins" in their integrated health-record strategy, aiming to bring the most important capabilities online three years early.

Tags: DoD , VA , technology , Integrated Electronic Health Record , Eric Shinseki , Leon Panetta , Roger Baker , Jonathan Woodson , Elizabeth McGrath , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 03:05pm EST

Health IT initiatives aim to solve 'little data' challenges

The authors of a special report on health IT initiatives join In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss health IT initiatives.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Tom Love , Anne Reed , ACT-IAC

Monday - 02/04/2013, 05:33pm EST
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VA testing cash prizes to improve its health record system

The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying out a new system of contests to make upgrades to its electronic medical record system. The agency plans to award up to three prizes worth $3 million to vendors who create open-source based components to VistA.

Tags: technology , VA , Roger Baker , VistA , VMBS , acquisition , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/01/2013, 05:32am EST
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