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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded 33 grants to VA facilities for projects that will improve emergency health care services for women Veterans, expand women’s health education programs for VA staff, and offer telehealth programs to female Veterans in rural areas.
In a Health Affairs commentary, Arthur Kellerman and Spencer Jones probe some of health IT's market challenges in producing interoperability and the pressure on healthcare to become more consumer-centric, with standards for more clinician- and patient-friendly software.
Introduced this week, the Telehealth Promotion Act of 2012 would increase access to telemedicine within Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, TRICARE, federal employee health plans and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association said during a panel discussion that the corner telehealth was expected to turn "has come and gone," and the next year will some "very important people joining the telehealth bandwagon."
The Department of Veterans Affairs launched its Million Veterans Program in September, and hopes to build participation in the project and build a database of genomic and clinical data from veterans, to drive better veteran care.
The Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency has awarded the nine year, $40 million contract to Acuo Technologies, for a universal clinical platform acting as a vendor neutral archive for enterprise patient imaging logistics.