Government & Policy

veterans affairs booth at HIMSS18
By Jessica Davis 12:36 pm September 18, 2018
Beginning Sept. 21, VA will start accepting proposals for contractors to handle the technical and administrative services of its legacy EHR.
worker pressing button on fax machine
By Leontina Postelnicu 12:33 pm September 18, 2018
Countries around the globe are dealing with legacy fax machines and the UK organization is looking to get rid of its by 2019.
US Senate capital building exterior view of dome
By Mike Miliard 12:31 pm September 18, 2018
With a rare near-unanimous vote, the United States Senate passed The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 on Monday evening. It's a massive bill comprising a wide array of proposals drawn from five Senate committees, and has many implications for the use and funding of health IT.
FDA building sign

Credit: FDA

By Laura Lovett 01:55 pm September 14, 2018
Though not without critics, the FDA has advanced regulatory processes for apps, medical devices, genomics and clinical decision support.
GAO Carol Harris testifying at House VA hearing

Carol Harris from the GAO testifies at the House VA Subcommittee on Thursday. Credit: HouseVetAffairs

By Jessica Davis 01:47 pm September 14, 2018
The first House VA Subcommittee on Technology Modernization hearing revealed that officials and congressional members are not on the same page when it comes to governance.
Apple Watch with ECG feature
By Jonah Comstock 02:48 pm September 12, 2018
This is the first FDA clearance for Apple and pushes the Watch further into healthcare than ever before.
James Gfrerer testifying at the Senate Committee for Veterans Affairs

James Gfrerer testifying at the Senate Committee for Veterans Affairs. Credit: Senate.gov

By Jessica Davis 04:24 pm September 06, 2018
During the Wednesday confirmation hearing, James Gfrerer said he’d also be an advocate for maintaining VistA during the 10-year process to implement the new Cerner EHR.
NHS hospital in the UK
By Leontina Postelnicu 02:41 pm September 06, 2018
The UK agency said the goal is to provide access to genetic testing to drive personalized treatments and enable interventions for the whole country.
blockchain ledger flow
By Mike Miliard 05:00 pm September 05, 2018
Add this to blockchain’s growing list of innovative use cases: tracking prescription and population health data.
Ryuk ransomware

Credit: HHS Cybersecurity Program report

By Jessica Davis 03:26 pm September 05, 2018
Similar to the notorious SamSam variant that has wreaked havoc on the healthcare sector, the new ransomware only infects crucial assets and resources.

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