Health Tech

Critical Update: Veterans Affairs Applies Mixed Reality Tech to Solve Real-World Health Issues

Department officials are exploring virtual worlds and using artificial intelligence to transform medical treatments.

Republican Senators Question the Security of Collecting Health Information from Airline Passengers

A group of Republican senators raised concerns over the CDC’s new order requesting select data from airline passengers to track the spread of COVID-19.

Two-Thirds of Staff at VA Medical Center Considering Quitting After One Year With New EHR

A survey of staff at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center shows plummeting morale tied directly to the Cerner Millennium electronic health record platform.

Health Agency Seeks Feedback on Personal Protective Technology Hub

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is looking for innovative ideas to maximize the protection different types of gear offers in different industry sectors. 

How a National Health Care Database Could Address Mission-Critical Health Data Gaps

It’s time to consider a cloud-based national health care database to make better public health decisions and prepare for any future health crises.

5 Ways to Keep Vaccine 'Cold Chain' Safe from Hackers

Health systems can prevent outsiders from tampering with the equipment that keeps vaccines ultra cold.

Federal Health Care Organizations Seek New Prescription for Managing Device Vulnerability 

The threat landscape in the medical sector is massive and expanding daily with exponential growth in connected medical devices.

DHS Wants Wearables to Track Employee Health at Work and at Home

The biometric tech will be used to help employees manage physical and mental health in high-stress mission areas.

Pentagon’s Top Science Official Adds to Tech-Breakthrough Wishlist

Heidi Shyu, research and development undersecretary, said she went looking for tech areas to trim—and found that some vital ones had been overlooked.

Health Technology in Action

In this special report, Nextgov examines how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping technology tools and policies in health care.

How the Pandemic Changed the Government’s Health-Focused Buying

Agencies with health missions had to figure out how to spend emergency funds fast in the face of COVID-19.

Defense Logistics Agency Is Building an EHR to Track Occupational Health

The agency seeks an enterprisewide view of records and whether facilities meet health and safety standards. 

How the Veterans Affairs Department Went Digital During the Pandemic

Senior officials shared details and numbers on the department’s COVID-19-specific deployments.

Over-the-Counter Rapid Antigen Tests Can Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 – Here’s How to Use Them Effectively

Rapid antigen COVID-19 tests, designed for use at home, can show results in 15 minutes.

How NIH’s Research-Driving, Centralized Hub for COVID-19 Patient Data is Evolving

Scientists are drawing insights via an enclave of patient records from 7.6 million individuals.

Air Force Wants to Spot Potential Outbreaks in Personnel Sooner with Wearables

Top officials are also looking into data integration and digital traceability tools to help keep staff healthy.

Data Privacy Laws in the US Protect Profit but Prevent Sharing Data for Public Good – People Want the Opposite

People produce mountains of data every day, but not all data is treated the same under the law.