Tag Archives: pandemic

BARDA, GHIC Form Venture Capital Partnership to Prevent Future Pandemics; Gary Disbrow Quoted

Gary Disbrow

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has partnered with the nonprofit Global Health Investment Corp. (GHIC) on a program meant to advance the use of venture capital practices to facilitate investments in medical technologies that could help prevent pandemics and other public health emergencies.

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Maximus Supports COVID-19 Vaccination Programs; Bruce Caswell Quoted

Bruce Caswell

Maximus has announced that the company is supporting seven state vaccination programs, including Calif., Colo., N.Y. and D.C., with COVID-19 vaccine information and hotline services, Maximus reported on Friday. As part of its support, Maximus will help answer common questions, address concerns about the vaccine, resolve complaints and coordinate vaccination appointments.

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Government Healthcare Practitioners Use AI to Support Cancer, COVID-19 Treatment

Healthcare Automation

Andrew Borkowski, who leads a molecular diagnostics laboratory within Florida-based James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, said artificial intelligence can support, but not replace, healthcare providers. He has been working on AI platforms designed to help healthcare practitioners detect lung, colon and colon cancer symptoms. NIH has also adopted AI for use in COVID-19 detection. 

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Report: Senate Issue Causes $9B Cancelation in Technology Modernization Fund

Capitol Hill

Congress members have canceled a $9 billion boost in the next planned COVID-19 relief package for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF). The cancelation follows petitions made in Jan. 2021 by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., for TMF increases in support of cybersecurity and information technology projects.

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CISA, HHS Offer Recommendations to Secure Public Health Data, Infrastructure

Ransomware Data

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have recommended measures for public and private sector organizations to protect data and infrastructure across the health care sector from targeted attacks. The two agencies produced infographics about COVID-19 cybersecurity trends in the HPH sector.

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Amentum Partners with Yellow Ribbon Fund to Support Service Members; John Vollmer Quoted

John Vollmer

Amentum has entered a long-term partnership with Yellow Ribbon Fund, a veteran service organization serving wounded, ill and injured service members, to support military members and families. “Our investment in Yellow Ribbon Fund will help enhance the lives of wounded, ill or injured service members by keeping their families together making them stronger during their life-long recovery process,” said John Vollmer, Amentum CEO and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient. 

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KBR Raises Over $532K to Support COVID-19 Frontline Workers; Stuart Bradie Quoted

Stuart Bradie

KBR has raised more than $532 thousand for nine local and national charities at its 14th annual charity golf tournament, the company reported on Monday. The tournament has raised over $6.5 million for nonprofit organizations that support health, education and safety, since its launch in 2007. 

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Army Contracting Command Awards DynCorp Task Order to Support DHS COVID-19 Vaccine Trials; George Krivo Quoted

George Krivo

The Army Contracting Command-Rock Island has awarded DynCorp International (DI) a six-month task order to provide facilities to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as the agency conducts Phase III COVID-19 vaccination clinical trial center expansion, the company reported on Tuesday. The company that began the task order on Sept. 2nd, 2020.

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Pegasystems to Support StepChange Financial Services; Kieran Tarrant Quoted

Pegasystems

Pegasystems has partnered with StepChange Debt Charity to provide an online product that will enable citizens in debt to apply for financial relief from the organization. "We've worked with StepChange for some time now and anticipated that their services would be vitally important in the wake of the financial crisis that was sure to follow the pandemic," said Kieran Tarrant, VP, UK & Ireland, Pegasystems. 

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MCA Names Michael Smith as CIO; Lisa Firestone Quoted

Michael Smith

Managed Care Advisors (MCA) has appointed Michael Smith as chief information officer (CIO) to support the organization’s growth strategy and business opportunities, following the recent award of  SaaS, Case Management and COVID-19 Management contracts. “We chose Michael Smith because of his solutions-oriented and innovative approach to solving complex challenges,” said Lisa Firestone, MCA president and CEO.

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