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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.

CMS not addressing EHR vulnerabilities, says OIG

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and its contractors have paid little attention to addressing potential fraud and abuse vulnerabilities in electronic health records, according to a  report  from Health and Human Services Department's Office of Inspector General. 

VA's pharmacy software project once again hits snags, says OIG

Since the Veterans Affairs Department restarted its pharmacy reengineering software development project, or PRE, in 2009 it has missed milestones, lacked appropriate oversight and faces an uncertain future in terms of compatibility with other VA electronic health record plans, finds a Dec. 23, 2013 office of inspector general  report  (.pdf).

DoD-VA ESB still moving forward, says DHA

The contract for the enterprise service bus meant to connect the electronic health records of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs has not been canceled, say military and industry officials, although an industry executive acknowledged that funding for it has been reduced.