Health IT

VA sees problems in open-source development for VistA

The Veterans Affairs Department is evaluating whether to put VistA on an open-source development path.

HHS' new strategic plan emphasizes health IT

The Health and Human Services Department has asked for feedback on its draft strategic plan for 2010 to 2015.

Baker: VA making progress on lifetime electronic record system

Veterans Affairs Department CIO Roger Baker said the VA is moving on the VLER project and expects a decision by year's end on the VistA modernization project.

HHS to give states $1M each for health insurance exchanges

States and the District of Columbia will get $51 million to help them set up new insurance marketplaces.

HHS employees, industry partners jump-start innovations

Todd Park is the go-to guy for open government at the Health and Human Services Department, where he's also involved with health reform and health information exchange.

GAO incorporates new technologies into strategic plan

Advances in technology and the wide-ranging effects of networks and virtualization will influence federal programs during the next five years, the Government Accountability Office reported.

FCC, FDA take teamwork approach to telemedicine

The FCC and FDA have scheduled a joint public meeting in July on a teamwork approach to overseeing approval of telemedicine devices.

HHS tailors EHRs for children

A federal advisory group today examined whether health information technology should be adapted to meet the needs of pediatric patients and other groups.

Data expertise needed to map out Medicare reform

Is the Obama administration equipped to arbitrate the dispute over geographic disparities in Medicare spending?

HHS awards $84M for community EHR systems

The Health and Human Services Department will spend $84 million for health IT systems at community health centers.

Health IT evangelists find help in the cloud

The Health and Human Services Department recently purchased a cloud computing solution for its regional extention centers that not only helps them do their jobs, but also provides performance information back to HHS.

VA sets the telehealth table

VA's quiet leadership in telehealth is about to gain a much broader audience as policy-makers look to the technology as a possible means of reducing costs and improving access to care.

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