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VA, DOD integrated health program makes some, but not enough progress, GAO says

The troubled effort by the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense to combine their electronic health records into a single system has partially met goals set by Congress. But investigators say improvement is needed before more funding can be allocated to the initiative.

Proactive social media monitoring drives online citizen services at HHS

Recent revelations of widespread government surveillance, or the "Snowden effect," may have given the practice of digital monitoring a bad rap, but a Health and Human Services Department official says proactive social media monitoring can drive positive citizen services.

Kass-Hout: FDA using cloud computing, new tools to store, access and analyze big data

The Food and Drug Administration is building an "innovative technology environment," which relies in part on cloud computing to handle an influx of big data as well as tools to identify, extract and analyze information, the regulatory agency's chief health informatics officer wrote in an agency blog.

HHS official presses NSTIC group to develop ID solution to spur EHR adoption

Better identity management solutions could go a long way in encouraging electronic health record adoption among patients and providers nationwide, said a Health and Human Services Department official June 19. Many of the health information technology efforts spearheaded by HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT rely heavily on credentials and authentication.

DoD EHR 'substantially' defined in latest draft RFP

After several draft versions, a request for proposal for the Defense Department's highly-anticipated electronic health record is taking shape. Draft solicitations for the DoD's Healthcare Management System Modernization, or DHMSM, have been updated several times since DoD  issued its first acquisition draft document  in January.

VA to buy, not build, new scheduling system for VistA

Within months the Veterans Affairs Department plans to issue a request for proposal for the purchase of a new patient scheduling module that would work within the Veterans Health Information System Technology Architecture, or VistA.

VA websites miss 508 compliance deadline, lack timeline for achievement

By January 2013 all Veterans Affairs Department websites were required to conform with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, but not only are many VA websites non-compliant, the department lacks a clear timeline for meeting the requirement. Section 508 requires federal agencies to make electronic content and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

VA seeks IT oversight, prioritization help; could outsource entire office

With a number of critical Veterans Affairs Department IT projects hanging in the balance, the Veterans Health Administration has decided to lean on the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University for independent strategic technical advice and analysis of its performance improvement and transformation activities. In the longer term, it could contract out its entire health IT oversight office.

Spotlight: House passes VA spending bill with VistA caveat

The fiscal 2015 Veterans Affairs Department appropriations bill (H.R.4486) passed in the House with restrictions on the department's electronic health record modernization program.

FBI issues warning, EHRs vulnerable to cyber attack, theft

The FBI is warning healthcare providers that lax cybersecurity standards will leave their computer systems more vulnerable to hackers as the industry transitions to electronic health records.