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Roger That: VA to launch new electronic health record system

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to launch a new electronic health record system interface that can share data with the Department of Defense’s electronic health records, increasing interoperability between the agencies, FCW reports.

Called the Enterprise Health Management Platform, the VA system is web-based and relies on applications and widgets to provide data regarding patients’ allergies, lab results, medical conditions, clincal visits, vital signs and prescribed medications. In addition to sharing data with DOD, the interface will allow VA providers to access and update patient records at different facilities. The system also will allow providers to search medical records.

The poor linkage between the VA and DOD health records systems serving veterans and active duty military personnel is well-known and notorious — to the point that Jon Stewart spoofed it on the “Daily Show” in 2013.

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A state-owned Russian engineering company has developed and is now testing a new kind of super-high-frequency gun that is designed to shutdown unmanned aerial vehicles from more than six miles away, according to the tech site Gizmodo.

The new system is equipped with a high-power relativistic generator and reflector antenna, management and control system, and a transmission system which is fixed on the chassis of BUK surface-to-air missile systems. When mounted on a special platform, the ‘microwave gun’ is capable of ensuring perimeter defense at 360 degrees.

Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation is the maker of the device, which aims to render modern airborne systems — be they drones, fighter jets or high-precision ballistics — ineffective, by de-activating on-board radio electronic equipment. It’s suspected the new device will be demonstrated at a forthcoming military exposition, Army-2015, in the coming days, according to the Gizmodo story.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, wants top Pentagon officials to detail contracting fraud at the Department of Defense, according to a story on The Hill web site.

Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, wants to include an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual defense policy bill currently before the Senate, that would require Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to update Congress on fraud each year.

The report would have to include the total value of the Pentagon’s contracts with companies that have been convicted, indicted, fined or settled any charges from a federal department or agency related to contract fraud. The Vermont senator also wants recommendations from the DOD inspector general, or another department official, on how to punish contractors that are repeatedly involved in fraud.

Contact reporter Mike Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@bnd.com or 618-239-2533.

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