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White House recaps Precision Medicine progress, calls for public involvement

It's been one year since the White House launched its Precision Medicine Initiative, which aims to study the health records and DNA of 1 million volunteers. In his fiscal 2016 budget request, the president earmarked $215 million across agencies for the program.

McDonald: VA working toward single 'data backbone'

This year, the Veterans Affairs Department plans to develop a holistic veteran data management strategy, which will help ensure that veterans can go to any VA health facility and more easily receive care, said VA Secretary Bob McDonald in recent testimony.

FDA issues draft medical device cybersecurity guidance in advance of workshop

The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guide Jan. 15 for medical device manufacturers to protect their products from cybersecurity risks.

CMS moves from IT incentives to outcomes with MACRA implementation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has used its Meaningful Use program to help incentive healthcare providers and hospitals to bring new technology to the places healthcare is provided, but now it will move away from that program, according to CMS leadership.

ONC issues 2016 interoperability standards catalog

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, or ONC, issued late last month its 2016 catalog of standards for interoperable health IT, which incorporates two rounds of public comments and recommendations made in response to the inaugural 2015 document.

DHA plans to use Alliant GWAC, other GSA contracting vehicles for health IT

The Defense Health Agency said it plans to partner with the General Services Administration to utilize contractors on the Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract, or GWAC, program for health information technology projects.

Spotlight: enrollment hits 6M

Six million Americans have signed up on for coverage that starts Jan. 1, according to a Dec. 18 announcement from President Barack Obama.

VA sees jump in malware, intrusion attempts

Intrusion attempts and malware targeting Veterans Affairs Department systems increased in November compared to the prior month, according to the VA's information security monthly activity report to Congress.

Spotlight: VA gets new deputy CIO

Veterans Affairs Department Chief Information Officer LaVerne Council announced in an email to her staff Dec. 17 the appointment of Ron Thompson as VA's new principal deputy assistant secretary.

Health data breaches more common than previously thought, report finds

Ninety percent of industries have patient data breaches, and almost half of the U.S. population has been affected, a new report found.