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HHS seeks to boost ONC, cut healthcare.gov funding in 2015 budget

The White House fiscal 2015 budget proposes $74.7 million for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a $14 million increase over the current year enacted amount.

2015 Budget Request: Veterans Affairs OI&T

The White House fiscal 2015 budget request designates $3.9 billion for the Office of Information and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department. In nominal terms, that's a $2 billion increased from the estimated current year amount of $3.7 billion.  

Two EHRs not necessarily cheaper than one, says GAO

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs lack credibility when they say their separate pursuit of electronic health record systems modernization is cheaper than a single EHR would have been, says the Government Accountability Office. A Feb. 27  report  from the legislative watchdog also shows how promises of close cooperation in health IT the two departments made during the  termination  of a program to develop a joint system have been significantly undermined.

Blue Button breaks new ground in pharmacy adoption

Major retail pharmacy chains and industry associations have pledged to adopt Blue Button technical standards to transmit prescription drug history data to customers, the White House  announced  earlier this month.

DoD launches DHMSM acquisition with draft RFP

The DoD has signaled its intent to buy a commercial EHR to replace its legacy systems since it and the Veterans Affairs Department  canceled  in February 2013 (citing cost reasons) an effort that would have resulted in a joint EHR running in both military and veterans medical systems.

VA post-iEHR strategy takes shape as VistA Evolution

Since the February 2013  cancelation  by the VA and Defense Department of a planned joint integrated EHR – the iEHR – the VA has faced the problem of modernizing its legacy EHR, officially known as the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, but referred to daily as VistA. Industry insiders describe VistA Evolution as preparatory work for what may be future procurements of specific EHR modules, such as those for pharmacy prescriptions or lab results.

Most physicians planned to apply for EHR incentive in 2013

Sixty-nine percent of physicians had applied or planned to apply for the federal electronic-health-record incentive program in 2013, according to a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

VA information technology appropriations go up under omnibus

Veterans Affairs Department information technology appropriations for the current fiscal year are set to reach $3.7 billion, an amount that exceeds the departmental  request  of $3.68 billion.

Mobile health to usher in nontraditional data into EHRs, say panelists

The intersection of mobile technology – devices and sensors – with healthcare delivery has great potential to improve outcomes, especially should nontraditional data sources become more available to physicians, said panelists during a Jan. 9 ACT-IAC panel in Washington, D.C.

DoD and VA face December 2016 deadline for running modernized EHRs

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs face a Dec. 31, 2016 deadline for deploying modernized electronic health record systems following passage of the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act into law.