Advances in genomics, medical sensors and data-driven health care increasingly are enabling doctors and patients to make personalized and targeted care decisions. But the effectiveness of these precision medicine capabilities depends on critical cybersecurity components to protect patient privacy and the integrity of patient data.
Agfa Healthcare, Greenville, South Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $768,000,000 fixed-price contract with economic-price-adjustment for digital imaging network-picture archive communication systems. This was a competitive acquisition with seven responses received. This is a five-year base contract with one five-year option period. The maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. Location of performance is South Carolina, with an August 11, 2026, performance completion date. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2026 defense working capital funds.
A report assembled by a team of government and private industry experts recommends new information technologies and warns of potential minefields as it plots a course for modernizing the Defense Health Agency. The industry authors, many of whom are stakeholders in the defense health community, also suggest ways of improving defense health data use that could be applied to other government organizations.
Historically, wounded troops on the battlefield have endured long waits either for medical care or for transport to better-equipped facilities. This same scenario also has played out in the aftermath of natural and manmade disasters. A consortium has formed to address this gap in reaction time, according to News Editor Rita Boland in her article "Medicine Joins Disaster Response" in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine. This group has laid the groundwork for the National Emergency Preparedness and Response (NEPR) Research Center.
"Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink."
-Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge