Government & Policy

WannaCry cybersecurity National Health Service

The WannaCry lock screen.

By Jessica Davis 01:19 pm April 20, 2018
Some NHS units failed because the Cyber Essentials Plus sets a high bar, while others simply have not patched their systems appropriately, the U.K. Commons Public Accounts committee found.
DEA prescription data opioids
By Jessica Davis 01:43 pm April 19, 2018
The latest federal move in the fight to combat opioid abuse will have states sharing PDMP data with the DEA.
FDA medical device cybersecurity
By Jessica Davis 04:23 pm April 18, 2018
The agency released a five-point plan outlining regulatory changes to bolster medical device safety, including requiring manufacturers ensure devices can be updated and patched.
VA loses acting CIO Scott Blackburn

Scott Blackburn is leaving Veteran Affairs. Credit: C-Span

By Jessica Davis 12:32 pm April 18, 2018
Just weeks after David Shulkin was ousted as VA Secretary, Scott Blackburn, one of the leaders of the department's EHR modernization project, announced his departure on Twitter.
DARPA Kryptowire smartphone-based health tracking
By Mike Miliard 03:58 pm April 17, 2018
The defense agency wants to assess service members' health using mobile device sensors for its Warfighter Analytics using Smartphones for Health program, but some privacy advocates are concerned.
VA outlines plans to get off GAO high-risk list
By Jessica Davis 02:30 pm April 17, 2018
The agency has been on the watchdog's list for three years due to a long list of vulnerabilities, from mismanagement to ambiguous policies.
Russia targeting internet routers, devices
By Jessica Davis 12:59 pm April 17, 2018
The rare joint alert says Russia, behind the global NotPetya attack, has been laying the groundwork for future cyberattacks and targeting critical infrastructure.
New EHR go-lives
By Healthcare IT News 10:14 am April 16, 2018
From community hospitals to major federal government agencies, this month has already seen a number of notable happenings in the electronic health record space.
Former HHS Cyber Chief Wlaschin lands private sector gig

Chris Wlaschin speaking at an ICIT briefing Oct. 2017. Credit: YouTube

By Jessica Davis 04:16 pm April 11, 2018
The longtime federal health IT leader joins Nebraska’s Election Systems and Software security team.
By 03:29 pm April 11, 2018
The Coast Guard just announced a partnership with DoD on its MHS Genesis EHR project, as the State Department put out an RFI for its own EHR: What’s next for the federal branch?

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