Tag Archives: Healthcare

DoD, VA Address Healthcare Data Standardization Project

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs will develop a data management service that seeks to allow the agencies to seamlessly share electronic medical records, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Bob Brewin writes the system is a revision of a 2009 plan to create from scratch a new joint repository for electronic …

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Congressional Report: Pentagon Healthcare Fund Will be Exhausted by August

A House of Representatives Appropriations Committee report says the $2.6 billion healthcare funding reduction from sequestration might cause the defense-wide healthcare budget to run out by August 2013, according to a Military Times article. The report released Wednesday added that while funding for military treatment facilities maintenance will remain a priority, many …

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Ashton Carter Repeats Pentagon Request for New BRAC Round

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reiterated Tuesday the Pentagon’s request for another Base Realignment and Closure Commission round in an effort to help reduce the department’s budget, GovExec reports. Charles Clark writes Congress rejected that proposal last year along with the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2014 budget request to adjust military …

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Eric Shinseki: VA Integrated EHR Project to Go Forward

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has told Senate lawmakers the agency will go ahead in developing an integrated electronic health record system with the Defense Department. During testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Shinseki said the VA will need $344 million in fiscal year 2014 funds for iEHR, including …

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Janet Napolitano: DHS Prioritizing Future Cyber Attack Prevention

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee Thursday that DHS is focusing on preventing future cyber attacks over combating current cyber incidents, Nextgov reports. Aliya Sternstein writes Napolitano was addressing a question from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on the recent cybersecurity executive order’s ability to balance protecting intellectual …

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Peter Levin Stepping Down As VA CTO

Peter Levin, chief technology officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has told Fedscoop he plans to step down from his position as of March 1. David Stegon writes Levin led the department’s online Blue Button initiative, where the VA has recently made available a patient’s complete medical record except …

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Ashton Carter: Sequestration Puts Tricare Funding At Risk

The Defense Department may not have enough funds to run its Tricare program if it has to cut $46 billion from its fiscal year 2013 budget, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. According to Bloomberg, Carter said in prepared testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee that nearly every …

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