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Chris Wlaschin: HHS to Establish Health Cybersecurity & Comms Integration Center

The Department of Health and Human Services will stand up its version of the Department of Homeland Security‘s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in a move to help providers and consumers secure healthcare data, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Nicole Ogrysko writes the Chris Wlaschin, chief information security officer of HHS, said …

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CSG Principal Amanda Starr Joins CMS’ Medicaid IT Architecture Governance Board

Amanda Starr, a principal of the healthcare and human services practice at CSG Government Solutions, has joined the Medicaid Information Technology Architecture Governance Board of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CSG said Monday the board works to ensure that the MITA Framework meets Medicaid regulations, policies and procedures and supports efforts to …

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HHS Seeks to Advance Blockchain-Based Tools Devt for Health IT Via Code-a-Thon

The Department of Health and Human Services has initiated efforts to advance the development and adoption of blockchain technology-based platforms designed to facilitate health records management and interactions between patients and health providers, Nextgov reported Thursday. Mohana Ravindranath writes HHS’ office of the national coordinator for health information technology partnered …

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DoD Implements Updated Military EHR System at Fairchild AF Base

The Defense Department has conducted a pilot deployment of its updated military electronic health record system at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, DoD News reported Wednesday. Terri Moon Cronk writes Fairchild’s 92nd Medical Group is the first military medical facility to implement the MHS Genesis integrated electronic inpatient and outpatient health record. …

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FDA Clears Army-Backed Hemorrhagic Shock Detection Tech

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a hemorrhagic shock detection device that U.S. Army researchers developed alongside scientists and engineers from the University of Colorado and Flashback Technologies. The Army Institute of Surgical Research said Wednesday it helped create a compensatory reserve index that works to detect whether a patient is on the verge of going into hemorrhagic …

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Navy Rolls Out Enterprise-Wide Healthcare Resource App

The U.S. Navy‘s medical organization has released a mobile application designed to offer  sailors, marines and their families information about the locations of military treatment facilities and available healthcare services. The app is designed to also help users access Defense Department hotlines, the RelayHealth patient-doctor communications service and links to Navy Medicine’s social media and health resources, …

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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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