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Pentagon Proposes New Military Healthcare Agency to Congress

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reported the Pentagon’s plans to integrate Military Health System operations to Congress Friday. The report includes three modifications to the current structure of the MHS. The plan includes establishing the Defense Health Agency, which Carter said will accept all TRICARE management responsibilities and assume liability for …

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VA’s $3B IT Budget Request Focuses on Maintenance, Integrated Health Record System

The Department of Veterans Affairs has requested $3.37 billion for its information technology budget and plans to set aside $1.45 billion for IT systems maintenance, NextGov reports. The amount requested for IT system maintenance increased $80 million from the 2012 budget. The VA’s IT systems are comprised of 360,000 desktop computers, 70,000 printers, 40,000 laptops …

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Report: VA to Roll Out Patient Wi-Fi Network

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to install patient wireless systems in all 152 of its hospitals, according to NextGov. Michael Lay, service delivery director for VA’s Southern and Midwest regionaoperations, told NextGov the agency aims to implement a nationwide patient Wi-Fi system. The VA started a procurement this week …

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VHA Looks to Have ER Triage Tablet by August

The Veterans Health Administration said it hopes to have emergency room triage software up and running by August, Fierce Mobile Healthcare reports. Orlando, Fla.-based DSHI Systems has provided the VHA with a call-center based triage service for 12 years. The VHA selected DHSI to develop triage software ER nurses can …

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Military Health IT Getting $1.4B, With a Catch

Among the many areas fully funded in the omnibus spending package is the Military Health System‘s information technology systems, with $1.4 billion allotted for fiscal year 2012. At the same time, the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2012 limits the Pentagon’s power to spend that money. The Act restricts …

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IOM Wants New Agency for Health IT Oversight

A new watchdog agency to monitor health information technology safety problems? That’s what the Institute of Medicine has proposed so that safety incidents tied to health IT tools including health records and health information exchanges can be effectively investigated. The IOM, in a report commissioned by the Office of the …

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