Health Data Banks

VA seeks contractors for paperless benefits system

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to award multiple contracts to develop its paperless benefits project.

Health information exchanges rise to 57

Fifty-seven community-based health information exchanges are operating, up from 42 the year before, according to a survey by the nonprofit eHealth Initiative.

GAO: Better management needed for e-health project

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are making progress on electronic health records interoperability, but the project's management needs to be improved, the Government Accountability Office said.

Senate committee OKs CTO nominee

Aneesh Chopra is one step closer to becoming the first federal chief technology officer after winning unanimous support from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Health IT program needs ID management

The Obama administration's health IT initiative needs strong identity management tools to protect patient privacy, according to vendors, providers and other experts at a panel today.

Health IT panel aims for middle road

The new federal panel that will advise on health IT standards begins discussing its goals.

Hacker demands $10M ransom for data

The FBI and state authorities are investigating a case in which a hacker wants $10 million for the return of sensitive information, according to media reports.

Health IT group wants incentives for EHRs

A health IT organization wants the Obama administration to take an incremental approach in implementing the economic stimulus law concerning electronic health records.

National network to speed disability benefits

The Social Security Administration will soon begin using the Nationwide Health Information Network to reduce the time needed to determine eligibility for disability benefits.

Privacy debate gets new urgency

Balancing patient privacy with electronic records has always been tricky, but the new emphasis on health IT as an economic engine creates new concerns.