Government & Policy

Senate bill would fast-track rules for firing bad VA employees
By Jessica Davis 01:58 pm May 12, 2017
The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act overhauls long-standing civil service protections that President Donald Trump said he would enact to hold the agency accountable.
Genevieve Morris ONC HIE
By Jessica Davis 01:26 pm May 12, 2017
Genevieve Morris has 10 years of health IT experience and worked with ONC in support of the State Health Information Exchange Program while working for Audacious Inquiry.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. General Vincent Stewart and Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Robert Cardillo testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on May 11.

By Mike Miliard 05:55 pm May 11, 2017
Regardless of how investigations into Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab’s software turn out, trusting data to China, India, Russia or other nations that might not respect U.S. cyber laws is "crazy," says CynergisTek CEO Mac McMillan.
Intermountain precision medicine, advanced imaging
By Bernie Monegain 04:06 pm May 11, 2017
New cancer test requires less DNA than previous versions.
VistA EHR Dr. David Shulkin

Dr. David Shulkin speaking at the Veterans Empowerment Collaboratory on May 9. Photo via Twitter

By Jessica Davis 01:28 pm May 11, 2017
Congress has continually railed on the Veterans’ Affairs EHR for being outdated, but its users say the platform is fast, secure and gets the job done.
GE healthcare new tech in Egyptian hospitals
By Bernie Monegain 11:11 am May 11, 2017
More than 400 pieces of technology have already been distributed to hospitals across the country.
Patient matching strategy supported by Congress
By Gus Venditto 04:06 pm May 10, 2017
A directive to HHS calls for a national standard on how patients are matched with their health records.

HHS Secretary Tom Price hosting a listening session on prescription drug costs on May 8. Photo via Twitter

By Kaiser Health News 12:22 pm May 10, 2017
Memo from HHS Secretary Tom Price's chief of staff instructed employees not to have "any communications" with Congress, staff without approval.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

By Jessica Davis 11:01 am May 10, 2017
Scott Gottlieb and Gopal Khanna round out the most recent government hires to head the agencies most important to health IT.
HIPAA breach fines
By Tom Sullivan and Jessica Davis 09:51 am May 10, 2017
There has to be a more sustainable way to get hospitals to put information security controls in place than taking millions out of operating budgets.

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