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ONC Seeks Ideas on Blockchain Application to Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched a white paper solicitation on the use of blockchain technology in health IT applications in a move to address security, privacy and scalability needs in electronic health record management. ONC said Thursday it plans to award $1,500 to $5,000 in cash prizes to as …

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HHS Adds 9 Members to Health IT Advisory Committees

The Department of Health and Human Services has elected new members to the department’s Health Information Technology Standards Committee and Health Information Technology Policy Committee. HITSC recommends standards, implement specifications and confirm criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health data while HITPC suggest policies for the adoption of a …

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Colorado Springs Gazette: President Obama Opposes VA Privatization

President Barack Obama has outlined his opposition against the privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs in an interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette published Sunday. Megan Schrader writes Obama plans to address what issues remain at the VA over the remaining few months of his second term and called a proposal for the …

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NIEHS Picks 8 Recipients for Infectious Disease Response Training Grants

A National Institutes of Health organization plans to award $9 million in grant funds to eight institutions to conduct safety training sessions for clinicians and other workers that can potentially be exposed to infectious diseases. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several …

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Keith Salzman: On U.S. Funding of Healthcare and Social Services

Keith Salzman, IBM chief medical information officer for global business services, said the U.S. government under utilizes one third of its $3 trillion healthcare spending. Salzman wrote in a blog post published Tuesday the government should reallocate “misapplied” healthcare investment to social services initiatives to optimize the health of individuals without spending more. …

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Sen. David Vitter to Continue Hold on OPM Director Nomination

Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) David Vitter will continue his block of the nomination of Beth Cobert as director of the Office of Personnel Management on a full-time basis. Vitter told lawmakers in a letter posted Wednesday that his hold on Cobert — who currently serves as OPM acting director — remains in place due to concerns regarding the health …

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