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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 Defense Health Agency‘s health IT needs according to 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 …

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Army Research Institute Creates Altitude Readiness App for Soldiers

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The U.S. Army‘s Medical Research and Materiel Command has rolled out an Android-based mission planning application created by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine for military personnel who perform high-altitude operations. The Altitude Readiness Management System works to predict the likelihood military personnel will suffer mountain sickness or experience reduced performance at various altitudes, the Army said Monday. …

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NIH Review Aims to Address Quality Control Concerns Over Clinical Drug Production

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The National Institutes of Health has partnered with two companies to evaluate agency facilities that produce sterile or infused medicines for clinical research use. NIH said Tuesday preliminary findings of the assessment identified quality and safety compliance problems at a cell-therapy production laboratory and a radiopharmaceutical compound production facility. The agency suspended operations …

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Bob McDonald, Sloan Gibson: VA Works to Transform Veterans Care System

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson have highlighted VA’s ongoing efforts to transform its healthcare system during a meeting with the Commission on Care in Washington, The Christian Science Monitor reported Tuesday. Ben Thompson writes the MacDonald and Gibson told the commission that 90 percent of veterans who responded to …

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Gayle Smith: USAID Contest to Seek Methods, Tools Against Zika Virus

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The U.S. Agency for International Development will invest $30 million in a competition for innovators worldwide to help create approaches and technologies to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. USAID Administrator Gayle Smith said Wednesday the agency will seek ideas on how healthcare organizations can stem the Zika outbreak and better prepare for public health threats through Combating …

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