Defense Department officials announced during a Nov. 19 press briefing that the department's electronic health record is now interoperable with the system used by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The National Institutes of Health on Nov. 18 announced several new grant opportunities totaling $72 million to support the Obama administration's Precision Medicine Initiative in fiscal 2016.
The Health and Human Services Department is looking for someone with experience "building scalable infrastructure for data storage, exchange and analysis" to overhaul its disease surveillance system.
Precision medicine is a major priority for the Obama administration, but until now much of the research into how genetics and behavior can better guide clinicians to more effective treatments has been executed by Health and Human Services Department agencies.
The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments' Interagency Program Office was designed to be "a single point of accountability" for health record interoperability efforts, but lawmakers are right to question its very existence, said a Government Accountability Office official.
As the National Cancer Institute works to create its Genomic Data Analysis Network, the agency announced three new grant opportunities Oct. 22 that would deliver up to $8.5 million in funds to some 14 projects.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is switching gears to the challenging work of policy implementation, after earlier this month issuing updated rules for the meaningful use of health information technology for healthcare delivery.
This fourth round of projects are part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which is aimed at encouraging adoption of more secure, easy-to-use and interoperable identity credentials for access to various online services.
The agency said cybercriminals can gain access to personal or business networks through deficient security on such devices as well as people's lack of awareness regarding device security.
The companies will receive funding through the National Institute of Standards and Technology's small business program that also covers advanced manufacturing, climate change and clean energy, cyber-physical systems, healthcare and technology transfer challenges.