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LaVerne Council Highlights VA IT Transformation Achievements

LaVerne Council, chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, discussed three key objectives that guide VA’s information technology transformation efforts in a blog entry posted Monday She said that VA’s office of information and technology has worked to stabilize and streamline core processes and platforms; address material weaknesses; and institutionalize new functions to boost outcomes. …

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OMB Recommends HHS Use DLA-DHA Military Medical Electronics Catalog

The Office of Management and Budget has recommended the Department of Health and Human Services use an electronic catalog for military medical materials compiled by the Defense Health Agency and Defense Logistics Agency. DLA said Wednesday ECAT is an online system designed to allow customers to browse, compare and purchase medical supplies, such as pharmaceutical, …

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Trump Eyes Public-Private Option for Veteran Care

President-elect Donald Trump wants to tap private-sector physicians to provide medical care to veterans through a public-private partnership, Military Times reported Wednesday. Leo Shane III writes the public-private option is part of Trump’s plan to revamp veteran healthcare before he selects the next secretary of veterans affairs. Trump discussed future …

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Karen Guice: Military Health System on New Trajectory

Karen Guice, outgoing acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, believes the past five years have set a new trajectory for the Military Health System, DoD News reported Friday. Amaani Lyle writes Guice weighed in on the state of MHS during her five-and-a-half-year tenure at the Defense Department as she prepares …

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FDA Releases Final Guidance on Postmarket Mgmt of Medical Device Cybersecurity

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a final set of guidelines meant to help manufacturers secure medical devices from postmarket cyber vulnerabilities. Suzanne Schwartz, associate director for science and strategic partnerships at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday that the guidance complements a …

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Army Vet James Gilman Named Chief Exec of NIH Clinical Research Center; Francis Collins Comments

The National Institutes of Health has appointed James Gilman, a retired U.S. Army major general, as the first CEO of NIH’s clinical research center in a move that takes effect January 2017. NIH said Friday Gilman will oversee the 870,000-square-foot research center located inside NIH’s campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and guide the facility’s safety and …

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CBO: Senate’s Federal Health IT Bill Would Cost $122M Through 2021

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that it would cost $122 million over the 2017 to 2021 period to implement a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to expand federal health information technology programs. CBO said Friday the Senate’s Improving Health Information Technology Act would not affect direct spending or on-budget deficits through four consecutive 10-year periods beginning …

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