Health IT

  • Jared Serbu: DoD rolls out new health record system

    The Defense Department hit a major milestone a few weeks ago, bringing its new electronic health record system online at its first facility. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu visited Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington to talk with clinicians and Defense health officials about how the new system, MHS Genesis, is working so far. He filed this report on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Congress keeping watchful eye over DoD’s electronic health record roll out

    A new bill from House appropriators adds extra oversight to DoD’s electronic health records program, which is just being released on select bases.

  • DoD launches new electronic health record

    The Defense Department started deployment of its new electronic health record — a major milestone last week in the $4.3 billion program known as MHS Genesis.

  • Digital collaboration at the VA

    This week on Federal Tech Talk, host John Gilroy speaks with Blake Hall, founder & CEO of; Emily Tavoulareas, VA Digital Service, and Greg Gershman, co-founder/principal at Ad Hoc LLC. They will discuss a website called “” and how it opens up the world of collaboration in solving many issues with funneling 500 Department of Veterans’ Affairs websites into one portal. February 28, 2017

  • All things GITEC

    Government Information Technology Executive Council President Sean Kelley and Lou Anne Brossman, a member of council’s Executive Advisory Board, join host Mark Amtower to the upcoming GITEC summit and the value of networking in GovCon. February 20, 2017

  • DoD to mark first ‘go-live’ of its new electronic health record

    Almost exactly four years after the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments decided to go their separate ways in their projects to modernize their electronic health records, DoD’s brand new EHR is now up and running, at least at one base.

  • VA ‘confident we’re going to commercial’ for EHR, scheduling fixes

    The Government Accountability Office had some hard truths for the Veterans Affairs Department, which has failed to produce more modern, interoperable IT systems after years of failed pilots and heated congressional hearings. GAO says VA should drop its plans to modernize VistA and find a commercial option instead.

  • Advanced analytics & insider threats

    Dr. Steve Bennett, director of Global Government Practice at SAS, joins host John Gilroy on this week’s Federal Tech Talk to discuss advanced analytics, insider threats, data optimization, cyber analytics and big data. January 24, 2017

  • Anthony James: How secure are federal health care websites?

    According to cybersecurity firm TrapX, cyber attacks on health care organizations rose 39 percent last year with 93 major incidents. And a big way in is through unprotected medical device. Federal Drive with Tom Temin asks Anthony James, vice president of marketing at TRAPX Security, how vulnerable is the Veterans Affairs Department or TRICARE?

  • SEWP V & GWACs

    NASA SEWP Program Manager Joanne Woytek and Allen Federal President Larry Allen join host Mark Amtower on this week’s Amtower Off Center to discuss SEWP activity in 2016 and how GWACs help CIOs with FITARA. January 9, 2017

  • National Cancer Institute uses API to connect patients with clinical trials

    Just like weather or traffic apps make it easy to share massive amounts of information with users, the National Cancer Institute is using an application programming interface (API) to connect patients with clinical trial data they otherwise wouldn’t know about.

  • At NIH, ‘unified communications bridges the gap’ for collaboration

    Unified communications involves making sure everyone gets the message, no matter how it was sent. At the National Institutes of Health, it means combining phone, video, text and more to link doctors, administrators, researchers and patients with each other and outside organizations like universities.

  • Veterans program builds world’s largest genetic database

    The Million Veteran Program has collected blood samples for genetic analysis from more than 500,000 veterans so far, making it the biggest database of genetic material in the world.

  • How agencies use big data to improve health, security, save money

    While some agencies have jumped into the big data game without a clear plan for using it, others have been using data to improve their services for a while. One agency has even reached the point where it’s discovered that too much data can be just as much a hindrance as a help.

  • FPS 2.0 more user-friendly, but not for Medicare frauds

    The second iteration of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Fraud Prevention System will make it faster and easier for investigators to track down fraud and abuse.