Because an unprecedented amount of sensitive personal data will flow through health insurance exchanges, consumers and healthcare organizations must demand that robust security be driven into the operational fabric of the HIX, alongside proactive risk management that is pervasive at all levels of the ecosystem.
An iPad loaner program for 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets and their caregivers will offer self-management and data share apps, while an online and mobile scheduling system hints and future plans for easier appointment-making.
An integrated VA appointment system, personal air quality monitors and Medicaid provider fraud prevention software are among the solutions the federal government is seeking through more than 200 health challenges.
A security analyst who could have knocked out the internet in the late 1990s says the VA's hacking could be part of U.S.-China cyber salvos. Either way, the agency needs to standardize its web security, especially for PHI.
The VA has completed 97 percent of disability claims older than two years, on the road to processing all claims within 125 days by 2015. The news comes as the IAVA veterans group launches an interactive site featuring the stories of vets struggling to get benefits.
A former VA IT security official told a Congressional hearing that at least eight foreign organizations have hacked into VA systems, and IG officials said there's much security standardization to be done. The VA's acting CIO promises a "culture change."
Opting against the VA's VistA, the Defense Secretary explained that "commercial alternatives may offer reduced cost, reduced schedule and technical risk, and access to increased current capability and future growth in capability."
Along with scaling its digital claims processing system, the VA is trying to get more veterans to file fully developed claims -- putting more documentation responsibility on vets, but promising a faster response at the same time.
The ONC Policy Committee's Privacy and Security team says there's no need for limitations on providers trying to locate patient record for direct treatment, aside from patient choice. The issue does raise some policy questions, though, and the Committee asked for a reformulation of the team's suggestions.
As news of backlogs in veterans benefits continues to make headlines, lawmakers are pushing for answers on digital information exchange from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel -- who frankly described problems in the plans and cancelled an RFP, saying he'd have clarification plans soon.
The VA's Office of the Inspector General has found VA medical centers sending patient data unencrypted over the Internet and potentially exposing IP addresses, amid an apparent delay in IT security implementation.
Humetrix expands its mobile health information hub to arm Apple and Android devices with access to various Blue Button accounts and, in so doing, moves patients closer to the center of their own health records.