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Getting More From Government Health Investment


Data sharing is needed to realize government health ambitions.

5 tips for strengthening EHR data security


While electronic health records systems and databases have enabled the healthcare industry to modernize patient care and information collection, an unintended side effect is that these vulnerable systems have made also data more accessible to hackers.

Growth In U.S. Health Spending In 2013 Is Lowest Since 1960


National health spending grew 3.6 percent in 2013, the lowest annual increase since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began tracking the statistic in 1960, officials said Wednesday.

5 ways health data breaches are far worse than financial ones


Remember that song Janis Joplin made famous “Piece of My Heart?” I do, and it reminds me of the fundamental difference between financial and healthcare data breaches.

What Ebola tells us about health IT outbreak needs


The Ebola cases in the United States, despite their limited numbers, have generated considerable discussion and anxiety.

Ebola Fight Hampered By Poor Analytics


Researchers and clinicians need better data to supplement sketchy reports from the field about Ebola’s spread.

How VA hopes to fix its scheduling system


The Department of Veterans Affairs, which is in the midst of overhauling its culture, processes and technology after criticism over long wait times for appointments and scandal involving senior employees juking statistics to qualify for bonuses, announced on Aug. 25 that it would open bidding on a planned new, commercial scheduling system by the end of September.

FDA panel backs more restricted hydrocodone prescribing


Panel calls for tighter prescription controls on hydrocodone products to curtail abuse, misuse, and diversion of these painkillers.

FDA fielding app to track drug side effects during emergencies


The Food and Drug Administration is building a surveillance app for clinicians and regulators to monitor patients having bad reactions to experimental drugs administered during public health crises, agency officials said.

New rules allow small business “set asides” under GSA schedules


The new changes make clear that contracting officers can set aside task or delivery orders or Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) for small businesses under the GSA Multiple Award Schedules or on blanket purchase agreements, and on any other multiple-award contracts.