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House OKs $622M Package for Zika Response Effort

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House lawmakers have cleared a $622.1 million funding package for response efforts that aim to help mitigate the threat from the Zika virus and prevent its spread. The Zika Response Appropriations Act received a vote of 241-184 to approve fiscal year 2016 funds for agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, …

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GSA to Assign New Special Item Number for Health IT Under Schedule 70; Roya Konzman Comments

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The General Services Administration plans to designate a new special item number for health information technology services under the agency’s Information Technology Schedule 70 acquisition vehicle, Federal Times reported Monday. Carten Cordell writes government agencies will have access to health IT services under 132-56 SIN. Roya Konzman, senior IT specialist at GSA, told Federal …

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ImmixGroup’s Lloyd McCoy: DoD’s FY 2017 Budget Request Seeks to Deploy Commercial EHR System by 2022

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Lloyd McCoy Jr., a market intelligence manager at immixGroup, has said the Defense Department’s budget request for fiscal year 2017 contains health information technology initiatives that would prioritize the deployment of a commercial electronic health record system. McCoy wrote in a Fedscoop commentary published Tuesday that DoD proposed the commercial …

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Raquel Bono: DHA Eyes Increased Patient Satisfaction Through Military Healthcare Transformation Efforts

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Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, has said she will prioritize initiatives to implement a modernized electronic healthcare records system and reform the Tricare health plan for U.S. military beneficiaries, Military Times reported Sunday. Patricia Kime writes Bono’s goal since she assumed the director role in November is to increase the agency’s support of …

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Federal Times: GSA to Handle All Health IT Contracts for DHA

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The General Services Administration will handle contracts for the Defense Health Agency‘s health information technology requirements under a DHA memo sent April 25, Federal Times reported Monday. Aaron Boyd writes that DHA Component Acquisition Executive Michael O’Bar signed the memo to require health agency procurement officers to use GSA’s governmentwide acquisition contracts and schedules for all IT …

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