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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is on the street with a new procurement to replace its patient scheduling system. The department has used the current system since 1986. It's the one scheduling staff used to manipulate data on patient waiting times in Phoenix and several other locations across the country. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about this RFP and more in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , procurement , patient scheduling system , data , Veterans Affairs ,

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:09am EST
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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.

Tags: Todd Park , HealthCare.gov , Lamar Smith , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

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

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.

Tags: Ebola , electronic health records , Thomas Duncan , House Energy and Commerce Committee , Daniel Varga , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

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

Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

A Pentagon review of the military's health facilities concluded the quality of DoD's medical system is generally in line with what's offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "average" is not good enough.

Tags: Jared Serbu , management , pay and benefits , technology , DoD , MHS , Defense Health Agency , TRICARE , Chuck Hagel

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:44am 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.

Tags: management , best practices , technology , information sharing , Obama administration , open source , transparency , open government initiatives , DATA Act

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

Raj Sharma, CEO, Censeo Consulting

Nov. 15 is the deadline for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to patch up the cybersecurity holes in the Healthcare.gov website. The Government Accountability Office offered 22 technical recommendations to the agency last week. Those problems appear just as the website nears its first birthday. Raj Sharma is co-founder and CEO of the Censeo Consulting Group. On the In Depth with Francis Rose Industry Chatter segment, he shared some ways to predict, and fix, longstanding problems with large federal IT projects like Healthcare.gov.

Tags: In Depth , industry , Industry Chatter , technology , Raj Sharma , cybersecurity , HealthCare.gov , GAO

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:04pm EDT
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Despite new EHR system, DoD faces big data interoperability challenges

The Defense Department says its forthcoming purchase of a commercial-off-the-shelf electronic health record system is the best way to bring it into line with modern health IT practices and make its data more interoperable. But even after the system is deployed, DoD will be living with legacy data and paper records for years to come.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , Veterans Affairs , technology , ONC , Mary Ann Rockey , Joe Francis , David Bowen , Defense Management Information Exchange , DHA

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:21pm EDT
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Silvia Inéz Salazar, National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is trying to connect with its audience in new ways. Scientists in a user-experience lab are designing technologies and collecting data on customers' experiences to understand the needs of cancer patients and researchers. Silvia Salazar is the Informatics Research Lab Manager at NCI. She shared details about the lab on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , National Cancer Institute , Silvia Salazar , user-experience lab , technology

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:45pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By next summer, the Defense Department plans to make an award for a new off-the-shelf electronic health record system that meets modern health IT standards. But the system won't be a silver bullet for DoD's challenges in exchanging medical data with VA, or within the department itself. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has details on the legwork DoD will be doing over the next couple years to make its existing data more interoperable.

Tags: In Depth , Jared Serbu , DoD , Veteran Affairs , electronic health record system , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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