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Air Force Revising Medical Treatment Model for Active, Non-Active Duty Airmen

The U.S. Air Force is reforming its health care model to establish separate treatment operations for active and non-active duty servicemen, Federal News Network reported Monday. Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, surgeon general for the Air Force, told the publication that the new model for preventative and personalized health care is aimed at clearly defining responsibilities under the military branch’s missions for medical readiness.

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HHS Forms Summit to Gather Quality Services Stakeholder Input

The Department of Health and Human Services has established a summit to foster discussions on further streamlining HHS-led quality programs. Eric Hargan, HHS deputy secretary, will chair the Quality Summit that would gather industry stakeholders and government officials to identify ways to further evaluate, adapt and streamline quality services for the country's patients, the department said Tuesday.

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DARPA Seeks to Develop Genetics-Based Med Tech

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a four-year effort to develop new genetics-based applications addressing two public health issues. DARPA said Thursday that its Preemptive Expression of Protective Alleles and Response Elements or PREPARE program aims to control protective genes for defense against influenza and ionizing radiation. 

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HHS Officials on How AI, Data Sharing Could Help Transform Health Care

Department of Health and Human Services officials discussed the potential role of artificial intelligence and data sharing in the prevention and treatment of diseases during a panel discussion on Tuesday at the AI World Government Conference, Federal Times reported Thursday. “[It’s] a way of thinking about how health information flows across the country and the first step is getting it in digital format," said Paula Braun, entrepreneur-in-residence at HHS’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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VA Continues Efforts to Implement Mission Act; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to augment its health care system with new implementations as part of the Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks or MISSION act. The legislation, passed in 2018, intends to streamline the delivery of health care services and help veterans access more care options that suit their needs, VA said Monday.

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Gene Dodaro: GAO Considers Cybersecurity a Top Priority for FY 2020

Gene Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office, said during a Senate subcommittee hearing that one of GAO’s priorities in fiscal year 2020 is cybersecurity, Federal News Network reported Friday. He said GAO expanded its cyber workforce from 140 to 175 employees this year and needs more resources to meet lawmaker requests around cybersecurity.

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DARPA Looking to Use Emerging Tech for Treating Combat Wounds

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched the Bioelectronics for Tissue Regeneration program to deploy emerging technology into treating combat wounds, DARPA said Wednesday. The four-year effort seeks researchers capable of using artificial intelligence, biosensors and actuators to develop a solution for stimulating real-time healing processes, accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.

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Study Shows Wait Time Reduction in VA-Based Care Services

The American Medical Association published a study reflecting the reduction of wait time in government-based veteran health care compared to private sector clinics. The "Comparison of Wait Times for New Patients Between the Private Sector and United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers” covered 15 major metropolitan locations and focused on primary care, dermatology, cardiology and orthopedics, VA said Friday.

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Senators Debate Defense Spending in FY 2018 Budget Talks

Senate lawmakers on Thursday discussed military spending matters as they work to strike a budget deal for fiscal 2018 before the current continuing resolution expires on Jan. 19, Defense News reported Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said Thursday in a floor speech that reductions to discretionary defense spending …

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