Health IT

FDA has a role to play in software updates to medical devices

The Food and Drug Administration wants input from manufacturers and others about when a software update to a medical device would require premarket notification.

Vet health progress propelled by partnership, vision and IT

The DOD and VA are focused on finding the right technology to serve troops over a lifetime -- even with bumps along the way -- and those closest to the effort say the stumbles are leading to progress.

Romney promises VA revamp

The presumptive Republican nominee for president has made reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs part of his campaign.

VA and DOD pick common medical vocabulary for electronic records

THe Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are adopting a common vocabulary and structured data system for medical terms for their upcoming joint digital record system.

HHS health IT office baseline gets a boost while stimulus funds trickle to a halt

The money that has been encouraging doctors to adopt electronic health records would end in 2013.

2013 budget proposal puts IT on short leash

Obama's 2013 budget proposal aims to cut federal IT but increase its use when it makes government more efficient.

Blue Button ready for all feds

Federal health plans to provide feds with access to medical records and health data with the click of a button.

Will VA real-time tracking plan include employees?

Procurement documents reveal a tracking system that may include collecting the movements of Veterans Affairs employees.

HHS updating regulations to fit new tech

The Health and Human Services Department has a plan for updating regulations that covers things such as telemedicine.

VA picks vendor for open-source ecosystem

The Veterans Affairs Department has selected a small business as the custodial agent for an open-source ecosystem development program to modernize the VA's VistA electronic health record system.

HHS to deploy new anti-fraud software for Medicare

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that new predictive fraud-catching tools for Medicare will go into effect on July 1.

Health data innovation 'at a crawl'

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius kicked off the department's second annual Health Data Initiative Forum with a plea for more innovation.

Warning: Mobile medical apps may be hazardous to your health

A National Cancer Institute program manager warned about mobile applications that promise health care benefits to consumers without being backed by scientific data.

HHS neglected some IT security standards, IG says

The Health and Human Services Department's oversight of $20 billion in health IT funding didn't go far enough to ensure privacy and security for patients' medical data, a report finds.

Green benefits of telework aren't just for Earth Day

Telecommuting is said to have many benefits for the environment.

HHS told to standardize consent, privacy in e-health record exchanges

Health care IT executives are urging the Health and Human Services Department to deal with how patient consent will be managed for release of health data.