Government & Policy

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?
VA EHR
By Jessica Davis 02:06 pm April 11, 2018
Spending on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces has decreased, as Veterans Affairs has ramped up IT modernization efforts, according to a Deltek report.
SamSam ransomware hackers targeting healthcare

Using two-factor authentication and restriction access behind firewalls can help keep the network safe against the brute force SamSam attacks plaguing the healthcare sector.

By Jessica Davis 12:27 pm April 11, 2018
The hackers behind the attack on Allscripts have hit 10 organizations in the last few months, levering open RDP connections to proliferate inside a network.
Acting VA Secretary Wilkie urges Congress to pass Choice reform

VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. Credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

By Jessica Davis 02:06 pm April 10, 2018
The Choice Program was designed to shorten wait times and ease travel burdens for veterans. But Congress failed to pass the reform package last month.

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