The Defense Department's next electronic health record will not be based on the open source architecture that supports the Veterans Affairs Department's EHR.
A graphical interface that allows electronic health records from the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to be viewed side-by-side will be pushed outside of the government's healthcare networks, according to a VA official.
The Government Accountability Office has designated information technology acquisitions and operations management as one of two new high-risk areas to a list that the agency has maintained on federal operations since 1990.
The Office of Personnel Management is monitoring whether the recently reported hacked database at Anthem Inc. has affected any of the 1.3 million federal employees that the health insurer covers.
VA's Office of Information and Technology, or OI&T, requests a total budget authority of $4.13 billion in fiscal 2016 – $231 million more than the fiscal 2015 enacted level and $430 million more than the fiscal 2014 budget.
The president's fiscal 2016 budget request proposes $83.8 billion for the Health and Human Services Department – or 6 percent more than the fiscal 2015 enacted level – that includes a sizable bump for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
The rapid growth of health data is helping federal agencies better chart the quality of care being provided and other trends nationwide, but it's also presenting some privacy and security challenges, said government officials.
The Health and Human Services Department wants to get more health information in the hands of clinicians and patients, and it's looking to information technology professionals – both internally and outside the organization – to advance access to health records data.
The roadmap, which was released by the department's National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, identifies ways and actions that providers can take to improve interoperability across different platforms and devices to share information.
The report summarizes a debate among participants at a November 19, 2013 workshop hosted by the FTC on the topic as well as other submitted public comments. The discussion was limited to IoT devices sold to or used by consumers, not those in a business-to-business context nor machine-to-machine communications.