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 15, 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.
November 09, 2012
The Veteran's Administration (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) both provide world-class healthcare to the nation's service members. Their integrated EHR is no slouch, either.
November 06, 2012
The TriCare Management Activity (TMA) Contract Operations Division (COD) has awarded Evolvent Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ManTech International Corporation (NAS: MANT) a contract to provide new development and sustainment support for the AHLTA-Theater application to include code optimization, database conversion, capability and new feature additions, mobile computing enhancements, and code upgrades. The contract has a one-year period of performance plus two option years and has a value of $20.5 million if all options are exercised.
November 06, 2012
Marking a bridge's beginning, ONC has made it official: eHealth Exchange is standing on its own as a non-federal, nonprofit entity. ONC announced the new status on Oct. 11.
November 05, 2012
When the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently selected Aegis.Net to establish a health IT test standard and interoperability as part of meaningful use of electronic health records, it highlighted the rising importance of interoperability testing.
November 03, 2012
It's been said time and time again. Simply putting paper records in a digital format does not transformation make. How would the data get to the patient or to the specialist who needs to see it, or to a hospital ER in another state across the country? It's the ability to move critical data where and when it's needed that makes the difference.
October 26, 2012
With sights set on tackling the U.S. heart disease epidemic, a new mobile health application allows consumers to use any smartphone camera to measure their heart rate in real time.