Health Information Technology

August 1, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Air Force captain logs patient information into an electronic health record system in Southwest Asia. A new chief information officer taking the reins at the Defense Health Agency will have an opportunity—as well as a challenge—to change business methodologies by modernizing the organization’s information systems.

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. 

July 16, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Information and Technology awarded a contract for technical management support services for its Health Products Support (HPS), an effort to provide seamless benefits and services to U.S. veterans.

Under the contract, Creative Computing Solutions Incorporated (CCSi) will provide the VA with two teams of subject matter experts to improve processes and manage the system workload and increased operational tempo.

The contract is part of the VA’s Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) contract vehicle. CCSi won the contract with a one-year base period of performance and the option of extending for two more years.

April 2, 2013

The National Institutes of Health is funding the development of a medical instrument that will quickly detect biothreat agents, including anthrax, ricin and botulinum as well as infectious diseases. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are creating the first of its kind point-of-care device that could be used in emergency rooms during a bioterrorism incident. To design the device, which will be able to detect a broader range of toxins and bacterial agents than is currently possible, the $4 million project will include comprehensive testing with animal samples.

December 6, 2012
By Max Cacas

To monitor the possible effects of radiation on Americans who were in Japan during the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the U.S. Army Public Health Command has launched the Operation Tomodachi Registry website. The site provides location-based radiation dose estimates for the approximately 70,000 department-affiliated adults and children who were in one of 13 mainland Japan locations at the time of the disaster, which included the release of radiation into the environment. It will serve as a public clearinghouse for information on the U.S. Defense Department's response to the crisis in which U.S.

September 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Wounded veterans aspiring to receive a college education can earn diplomas from a wide selection of disciplines at a uniquely conceived center that will offer the aid of state-of-the-art assisted and adaptive devices tailored specifically to meet their needs, irrespective of their disabilities. The facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign employs a range of advanced technologies to enable an environment for severely wounded veterans, along with any needed caregivers, to pursue educational goals that otherwise might be viewed as inaccessible.

March 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Homeland Security Conference 2014 Online Show Daily, Day 2

It is not surprising that cybersecurity would dominate the discussion on the second day of the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C. But the depth and breadth and variety of topics surrounding cybersecurity and information protection in all its forms indicates the degree to which the information security mission has engulfed every department and agency at all levels of government.

April 16, 2013
By George I. Seffers

Defense Department will decide on a path forward within 30 days.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told members of Congress on April 16 that he is personally committed to solving the database interoperability problems between the Defense Department (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that have left thousands of veterans waiting months while benefits claims are processed.

February 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Lt. Col. Rafael G. Semidei Sr., USA (on screen), psychiatrist with the 883rd Medical Detachment (Combat Stress Control), and Sgt. Marie Swieta, USA, noncommissioned officer in charge with the 547th Area Support Medical Company (Combat Stress Control), demonstrate the Tele-behavioral Health System in Baghdad, Iraq.

February 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

February 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

One application of FARSIGHT is to map the structure of complex tissues, including the structurally intricate brain tissue of a rat. The software, which has been enhanced with Office of Naval Research algorithms for locating and identifying undersea mines, is used for a wide array of medical purposes.