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

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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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Paula Yoon: CDC Explores Data Collection Tech to Modernize Disease Surveillance Systems

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Paula Yoon, director of the health informatics and surveillance division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said CDC currently explores technologies as part of an initiative to modernize aging public health surveillance systems. Yoon wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that CDC eyes application programming interfaces and microservices that …

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Air Force Medical Service Continues EHR Development Work

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The Air Force Medical Service is working to develop a new electronic health record that can offer soldiers real-time data to help deliver treatment to wounded personnel deployed in harsh or isolated environments. The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday the Theater Medical -Information Program – Air Force project management office helps …

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DHA Adds 25 New Lab-Developed Tests for Tricare Availability

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The Defense Health Agency has updated its policies to make 25 additional laboratory developed tests available to Tricate patients via the DHA Evaluation of Non-U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approved Laboratory Developed Tests Demonstration Project. DHA said Friday the new set of LDTs include noninvasive prenatal screening tests that help providers …

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VA Unveils New Medical, Surgical Equipment Procurement Program

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled a new medical and surgical products acquisition program with the goal to simplify the procurement process at VA hospitals and clinics. VA said Thursday the Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor–Next Generation program will work to streamline the process for ordering, tracking and procurement methods of clinical  supplies. As part of the initiative, …

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Military Health System Works to Strengthen Data Security; DHA’s Servio Medina Comments

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The Military Health System has stepped up cybersecurity efforts in response to the increasing number of venues of access to information in today’s digital environment. Servio Medina, a cybersecurity leader at the Defense Health Agency‘s health information technology division, said in a statement published Friday on MHS’ website that he believes multiple data access venues increase …

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ONC Introduces Rule to Address Health IT Transparency, Accountability

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has introduced a new rule that seeks to address the reliability, transparency, accountability and safety of health information technology. The agency said Friday the “ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability” final rule aims to help the ONC Health IT Certification Program support technology development in …

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