Health IT

DHS biosurveillance center not getting enough data, GAO says

The DHS National Biosurveillance Integration Center is relying on Internet data at the moment because it has not been able to establish partnerships with federal agencies to get federal data, the GAO said in a new report.

Medical claims database could aid research on best treatments

The Health and Human Services Department announced plans to use economic stimulus law funding to create a new database of medical claims for all payors nationwide.

VA's VistA system is world-class but hard to maintain, says IAC's Meagher

The Industry Advisory Council is examining the Veterans Affairs Department's VistA electronic medical record system and wants to accentuate the system's good points while upgrading its outdated software.

NHIN needs a better provider directory, workgroup says

The next big step for the Nationwide Health Information Network is beefing up its provider directory, but that could be difficult, members of a workgroup said today.

HHS beefs up health IT coordinator's office

The Health and Human Services Department's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will double in size to prepare for regulations.

Stimulus funds to pay for EHRs at federal centers

The Obama administration said it will spend $88 million on electronic health record systems at networks of federally supported health centers.

FDA readies new data systems for drug safety

The Food and Drug Administration will expand its tracking of drug safety once the drugs enter the marketplace, according to a new report.

VA plans pilot projects for Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record initiative

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are seeking vendors for a series of pilot projects in anticipation of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program.

Better data could mean better care

Electronic health record technologies could facilitate the creation of aggregated reports on health care quality, creating opportunities to improve — but at some risk.

IG concludes that VistA outage compromised vets' health care

The inspector general's office has issued a new report criticizing VA for not following through on indications that VistA outages might be affecting patient care.

The dawn of the 2.0 presidency

The foremost story of 2009 has been the transition from the Bush administration to President Barack Obama's administration -- and all the power shifts that trickle down through technology, policy, procurement and management in government.

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