Healthcare IT

HHS Awards $73M to 10 Universities Under Public Health IT Workforce Program; Secretary Xavier Becerra Quoted

Xavier Becerra

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $73 million in cooperative agreements to 10 higher education and minority-serving institutions through a program that seeks to train over 4,000 individuals in public health informatics and technology areas. "Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, we can invest in growing our nation's public health workforce today to better meet the needs of tomorrow,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

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HHS Names 6 Winners of Synthetic Health Data Challenge; Steve Posnack Quoted

Steve Posnack

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced six teams as winners of the Synthetic Health Data Challenge with a $100,000 prize pool. The winning groups developed improvements to the Synthea open-source technology that generates data from synthetic patients and models their medical histories, which would help ongoing and future health care research and information technology development, HHS said Tuesday.

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GAO Reports on DOD’s Progress in MHS GENESIS EHR System Deployment

Electronic Health

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the Department of Defense (DOD) fielded the MHS GENESIS electronic health record system in six of the 24 planned deployment sites and those actual deployments involved approximately 41,600 users. According to the report, failure to address those identified incidents could result in challenges at future sites.

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VA Working on 5G, Augmented Reality-Enabled X-Ray Vision for Doctors; Thomas Osborne Quoted

Thomas Osborne

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) healthcare innovation office is eyeing the use of wireless 5G and augmented reality (AR) to enable the superimposition of medical imaging on patients. Thomas Osborne, National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI) director, explained that the goal is to provide doctors with an “X-ray vision” of their clients “for safer and more effective procedures."

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Dovel Subsidiary, Medical Science & Computing Wins Spot on $3.6B NIH IDIQ; Damon Griggs Quoted

Damon Griggs

Medical Science & Computing (MSC), a subsidiary of Dovel Technologies, has won one of five spots on a potential five-year, $3.6 billion Scientific, Operations, and Administrative Resources (SOAR) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MSC will be contracted to provide support in a range of activities that span-new and ongoing research, program deployment and implementation. 

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Awards Octo with Agile Coaching Contract; Charlie McQuillan Quoted

Charlie McQuillan

Octo Consulting has been awarded a five-year contract to lead the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Payment System Modernization (MPSM) program in the agency’s transition to modern technology platforms and adoption of Agile processes.

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Peraton Wins $60M for CDC Hybrid Cloud Managed Services; Tarik Reyes Quoted

Tarik Reyes

Peraton announced Monday that the national security contractor has received a potential five-year, $60 million contract award to provide the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with data center and cloud management services. The company will use an integrated self-service portal to manage and monitor hybrid private and public cloud services from existing CDC-contracted providers as well as provide and manage new cloud services.

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Denis McDonough: VA Rethinks EHR Project Management Strategy to Address User Concerns

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said that VA is considering developing an enterprise-wide framework for electronic health records modernization project governance after initial users of its new EHR platform voiced their concerns over the commercially built technology. McDonough added that the department also needs to adjust its timeline for deploying Cerner's Millennium platform to additional sites.

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Jon Rychalski: VA to Conduct Enterprisewide IT, Physical Infrastructure Review for EHR Program

Jon Rychalski

The Department of Veterans Affairs completed a strategic review of its electronic health record modernization program and Jon Rychalski, VA’s chief financial officer, told lawmakers Thursday that the department will also carry out an enterprisewide assessment of information technology and physical infrastructure needs for the EHR initiative.

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