Government & Policy

Blockchain in healthcare
By Mike Miliard 09:53 am February 19, 2018
The federal agency aims to help IT decision makers sift through the hype to make "clear-eyed" choices about blockchain.
PDMPs prescription monitoring opioid crisis

HHS Secretary Alex Azar testified at the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on Thursday. Credit: YouTube

By Jessica Davis 04:14 pm February 16, 2018
As part of its FY19 budget request, the agency is looking into how to leverage PDMPs to track prescribing histories, as well as reporting suspected abuse to the DEA.
VA Cerner EHR

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, testifies at the House VA Committee meeting on Thursday. Credit: YouTube

By Jessica Davis 01:04 pm February 16, 2018
VA Committee Chair Phil Roe was also concerned that the amount doesn’t cover maintenance or the cost to update the infrastructure necessary to accommodate the new platform.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, released the agency’s budget requests for fiscal 2018 on Tuesday.

By Jessica Davis 02:09 pm February 15, 2018
Agency Chief Scott Gottlieb also will establish a Center of Excellence on Digital Health designed to create a new way to evaluate third-party certifiers and supported by a cybersecurity unit.
veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD. Credit: Veterans Affairs

By Jessica Davis 02:47 pm February 14, 2018
A report found David Shulkin, MD, also improperly accepted tickets to Wimbledon during his summer trip to Europe, but the secretary calls the report inaccurate and biased.
VA telehealth

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD. Credit: Twitter

By Jessica Davis 11:55 am February 13, 2018
The agency has revamped its healthcare program through text messaging, the Anywhere to Anywhere telemedicine program and other health programs over the last year.
What Trump's budget proposal means for hospitals

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By Tom Sullivan 11:41 am February 13, 2018
The administration’s plan could inhibit progress on improving interoperability, eradicating info blocking, and medical research but also funds cybersecurity and the VA’s EHR modernization.
VA-Cerner EHR

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, testifies before the House Appropriations Military Construction-VA Subcommittee. Credit: YouTube

By Jessica Davis 11:00 am February 13, 2018
The proposed funding is a substantial investment into the initiative, which the administration said will help to facilitate a seamless transition.
By Jessica Davis 05:06 pm February 12, 2018
The President's proposed budget makes deep cuts to health departments and public health initiatives while boosting budgets for the FDA and the NIH.

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By Bernie Monegain 01:37 pm February 12, 2018
Indiana University and the Regenstrief institute began a five-year $50 million initiative called Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge to tackle apply scientific research and community engagement to the state’s addiction problem.

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