Veterans Affairs

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By Charles Ornstein 08:10 am December 31, 2015
After spending the past year reporting on loopholes and lax enforcement of the federal patient-privacy law known as HIPAA, ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein has come to realize that it's not just celebrity patients who are at risk. We all are.
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By Charles Ornstein 09:44 am December 30, 2015
Regulators have logged dozens, even hundreds, of complaints against some health providers for violating federal patient privacy law. Warnings are doled out privately, but sanctions are imposed only rarely. Companies say they take privacy seriously.
By Mike Miliard 10:59 am November 23, 2015
In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives this past week, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall wrote that DoD "has met the interoperability requirements" of the National Defense Authorization Act.
By Jessica Davis 10:38 am October 28, 2015
The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs were both admonished on Tuesday for their inability to work together to create a fully interoperable electronic health record system.
By Jessica Davis 09:15 am October 22, 2015
A new pilot program is designed to enhance precision medicine through analysis of retrieved patient data to ensure the right information is given to the correct medical professional in a timely manner.
Digital caduceus
By Erin McCann 10:59 am October 16, 2015
The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs and HHS' Indian Health Services division have become the first federal agencies to earn DirectTrust accreditation, officials announced late this week.
By Diana Manos 08:02 am October 05, 2015
Retired Army Captain hopes his story can remind health IT stakeholders of the value and importance of their work as well as what drew them to it in the first place.
Shield with computer code
By Erin McCann 10:18 am September 30, 2015
Think you've seen a lot of intrusion attempts and malware at your hospital? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates some 1,700 hospitals and healthcare facilities, reported more than 235 million blocked intrusion attempts just for the month of August.
By Jack McCarthy 08:01 am September 28, 2015
A pilot program at Vanderbilt University and VA found that patients, nearly three-quarter of whom preferred telehealth, received the same quality of care via video and phone as those who came into the hospital.
By Erin McCann 11:05 am August 27, 2015
Turns out the Department of Veterans Affairs uses a Web-based communication platform that isn't exactly secure. In fact, a new report suggests VA practices in this case might have put protected health information at serious risk.

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