September 13, 2013
A bill introduced in Congress this week would enable healthcare providers to treat Medicare patients in other states via telemedicine without needing different licenses for each state.
August 28, 2013
Chock full of IT talent, the San Diego Beacon community is well positioned for a sustainable future. As its health information exchange gains momentum, it's starting to see "how the water flows through the pipes."
August 14, 2013
Global consulting giant Accenture recently announced it would acquire government contractor ASM Research in order to extend its reach into the federal government marketplace.
August 02, 2013
The deal will expand Accenture's capabilities and opportunities with the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. ASM Research, Inc. will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture Federal Services.
July 18, 2013
DX-D 100 mobile digital X-ray systems to be utilized in the basic biomedical equipment technician training curriculum.
July 14, 2013
"San Diego is an island," says Dan Chavez, newly hired executive director of San Diego Beacon community. "You have the ocean to the west, the Mexican border to the south, a desert to the east and a Marine base, Camp Pendleton, that completely borders us to the north."
June 14, 2013
At the Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Washington this week, chief information officers from the Military Health System and the U.S. Navy offered candid discussion about the way they make their IT decisions -- most notably with regard to the EHR system DoD is looking to acquire.
June 06, 2013
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s long-awaited (in health IT circles, anyway) decision on the Department of Defense’s core health IT system has been made. The VA’s VistA system is out as the preferred DoD. Unless it’s not.
May 30, 2013
As the Department of Defense looks for a new EHR system and aims to improve information sharing for veterans with lifetime digital health records, there are also several key patient privacy questions to consider.
May 22, 2013
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has notified the Department of Defense that it will look for an electronic health record system available on the commercial market rather than develop its own based on the Department of Veterans Affairs VistA system. In his memo, Hagel said he based his decision on the results of a 30-day review of the Integrated Electronic Health Record program by a group of leading senior DoD officials.
May 15, 2013
Members of Congress are lauding a bipartisan bill that limits funding for an integrated electronic health record system between VA and DoD and requires aggressive progress updates from both agencies, which have, in recent months, come under fire for the dilatory pace at which they're moving forward with the iEHR.
April 16, 2013
Before a congressional hearing Monday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki requested a $152.7 billion department budget for fiscal year 2014, including $3.7 billion for information technology systems. Some committee members, however, voiced concern over the request, citing the dilatory pace at which the department has moved toward an integrated electronic health record and recent decline in VA claims productivity.
April 14, 2013
With the U.S. government's priority set on fixing the federal deficit, developing an integrated electronic health record system for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense as previously planned has been forgone.
February 28, 2013
After a morning of Congressional tongue-lashings Wednesday during a House hearing on iEHR, the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments publicly issued a statement reasserting that they are jointly committed to working toward an iEHR endpoint similar to the project's original goal.
February 19, 2013
When Medicomp chief executive officer David Lareau hears U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park talk about the need to find the right technology to set data free and make it usable, Lareau wants to tell him he has just the thing.
February 11, 2013
Is the highly-anticipated joint iEHR that the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have been working on ready for a burial? Or not? "iEHR is having a Mark Twain moment," VA CIO Roger Baker answered. "Rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated."
February 06, 2013
Whereas the Defense and Veterans Affairs (VA) departments are working toward a joint iEHR that would, come 2017, wrap all patient data into a single record accessible to clinicians in both departments, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and VA's Secretary Eric Shinseki pushed their staffs to accelerate data exchange and interoperability where they can now, rather than waiting.
January 10, 2013
Everyone likes a good competition, particularly with a potential $9 million gold carrot available to the victors. On Wednesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a challenge for software developers to create a new medical scheduling system for the VA's nationwide health system.
December 07, 2012
In a Thursday press conference, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, announced they intend to expedite the electronic health record rollout for the Veterans benefits management system.
November 27, 2012
The stars seem to be aligned for rapid progress in health information exchange. We are fast approaching a point in the development of the Health Internet where ubiquitous exchange of health data to improve care coordination and health care quality and ultimately lower costs might be possible.