VA FY 2017 budget anticipates expansion of telehealth services

Overall, President Barack Obama proposes $182.3 billion for the VA, the agency announced. VA's healthcare budget totals $68.6 billion, with $1.2 billion of that earmarked to fund telehealth.

FDA's Bakul Patel asks stakeholders to comment on med device interoperability draft guidance

Interoperability of medical devices is as much about sharing information as it is about safety, according to Bakul Patel, associate director for digital health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

IoT may lead to more healthcare security challenges

Although the healthcare industry has moved with "tremendous speed" in addressing security in the past couple of years, Internet of Things health devices are creating more potential for cyberattacks, cybersecurity expert Tyler Cohen Wood tells

ONC gets $22M boost in proposed FY 2017 budget

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Office for Civil Rights each receive funding boosts in President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, released Tuesday. ONC's proposed funding is $82 million, $22 million more than what the agency was allocated for FY 2016. OCR's proposed funding is $43 million, a $4 million increase from FY 2016.

HIMSS, CHIME praise NIST cybersecurity framework, but highlight areas for improvement

Comments are trickling in for the request for information proposed in December by the National Institute of Standards and Technology focusing on use of its cybersecurity framework, with organizations both praising the updates to the framework and offering suggestions on how to make it even stronger.


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