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5:31 am, October 31, 2014

Health IT News

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

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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Government hackers attempt to break into Healthcare.gov

Government hackers see a way to break into Healthcare.gov, but in some ways that's good news. Cyber experts from the Health and Human Services Inspector General's Office found a big hole in the site's security system. But once the hackers found the hole and tried to exploit it, the site's defense system blocked them. The agency says its working to fix the problem.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 10:48am 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.

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.

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

Standardized form aimed to expedite VA disability claims

Primitive information technology could make a huge dent in the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 10:35am 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.

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.

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.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:45pm EDT
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One vendor team's approach to DoD EHR: Start with VistA

Advocates for VistA, VA's EHR system, shouldn't give up hope yet. There's still some chance that DoD could wind up using the same system VA does, or at least a commercial derivative of it.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 06:04pm EDT

DoD broadens its horizons on benefits of new electronic health record system

The Pentagon has been thinking about how to upgrade and replace its electronic health record system for a very long time. But in the eight years that have passed since those discussions began in earnest, much has changed in terms of the capabilities of commercial EHR systems.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 05:58pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Army stands up first-of-its-kind cyber brigade

"Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community, as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. In this week's notebook, Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, Army Cyber Command's senior enlisted adviser said the Army's new dedicated career branch for cyber specialties could be up and running as soon as October

Friday - 09/12/2014, 05:41pm EDT

The state of Healthcare.gov cybersecurity

The oversight spotlight falls on Healthcare.gov and its cybersecurity this week. Wednesday, September 17th, sees the results of an investigation by the Government Accountability Office into the site's security controls. Thursday includes testimony from Marilyn Tavenner, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Her testimony includes analysis of a recent cyber attack.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 03:37pm EDT

VA building on My HealtheVet successes with mobile apps

The Veterans Affairs Department will release the Summary of Care and Blue Button applications for mobile devices this fall. The release is part of a burgeoning effort to create connections with patients outside of the traditional office visit.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 03:49am EDT
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Public-private partnerships in healthcare IT

On this week's Federal Tech Talk, Damon Davis, director of the Health Data Initiative at the HHS Idea Lab, and Sara Zellner, director of Programs at the Health Data Consortium, how public-private partnerships can help address issues like transparency and security in healthcare IT.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 06:33pm EDT
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New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

HealthCare.gov: Delays in sending out millions of forms could slow consumers' tax refunds

Saturday - 08/30/2014, 01:10am EDT

CEO named for HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration picks Connecticut official Kevin Counihan to run HealthCare.gov.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 03:54pm EDT

RFP officially begins DoD effort to modernize electronic health records

After more than a year of planning, the Defense Department issues the final solicitation for a commercial software to replace its AHLTA program. The Pentagon expects to make a single award for the contract that could be worth $11 billion over its lifetime.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:51am EDT

VA to start accepting bids for new patient scheduling system

VA, which has been eyeing a replacement for its scheduling system long before the current scandal, plans to issue a final request for proposals by the end of next month and make an award by the end of the year.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 05:18pm EDT
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