Government & Policy

VA proposes CARE Act
By Jessica Davis 01:32 pm October 18, 2017
The bill - written by the VA and proposed to Congress - would expand care access for veterans and make it legally easier to share patient records between the VA and outside providers.
Immunization tracking method
By Jessica Davis 01:29 pm October 17, 2017
Immunization tracking method leverages an open source tool developed by NIST and can be fully integrated into EHRs and other clinical software.
Veterans Affairs’ Secretary David Shulkin
By Jessica Davis 11:58 am October 17, 2017
The much-liked holdover from the Obama administration is a top contender to fill the position abruptly left vacant by Tom Price.
NIH cancer immunotherapy work

Aerial photograph from the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center on the National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland campus. Photo via Wikipedia

By Bernie Monegain 01:01 pm October 13, 2017
The Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies - PACT - is a five-year, $215 million collaboration and part of the Cancer Moonshot.
Eric Hargan named acting HSS secretary
By Bill Siwicki 04:12 pm October 12, 2017
The just-confirmed deputy HHS secretary will lead the department he previously served in under the Bush administration.

Photo via White House on Twitter

By Jeff Lagasse 12:53 pm October 12, 2017
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order expanding access to "association health plans" Thursday, ostensibly to allow small business -- and perhaps individuals -
HIMSS interoperability call-to-action
By Tom Sullivan 11:11 am October 11, 2017
Improved interoperability requires integrating exchange frameworks, improving usability, earning the engagement of caregivers and patients, and more.
Cerner EHR rollout

Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Photo via Wikimedia

By Jessica Davis 09:21 am October 09, 2017
The lessons learned at the final MHS Genesis EHR pilot can prove valuable as the VA moves closer to securing its own Cerner contract.
unique patient identifiers

In Oct. 3 letter, Sens. Orrin Hatch, Elizabeth Warren and others asked for “clear recommendations for steps that federal agencies – specifically ONC – could take to develop improved patient matching methods.”

By Bernie Monegain 01:14 pm October 06, 2017
At the same time, Regenstrief has launched a five-year effort that it hopes can help solve the problem.
HHS, FDA, VA among 24 federal agencies with ineffective security
By Jessica Davis 12:45 pm October 06, 2017
Inspector generals and GAO have made hundreds of recommendations to these agencies about deficiencies in security controls, but many have yet to be fully implemented.

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