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Bob Brewin

Editor at Large Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.
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From Nextgov.com: HHS head calls for voluntary e-health privacy guidelines

December 15, 2008 The head of the Health and Human Services Department called for the health care industry to develop voluntary guidelines to ensure the privacy of patient-controlled personal health records rather than allow the federal government to mandate rules. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

What's Brewin: Fast Track for Shinseki VA Confirmation

December 15, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee plans to hold a hearing on the presumptive nomination of former Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki for VA secretary. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chairman of the committee, says he will hold the hearing on Jan. 14, 2009, six days before Barack Obama is sworn ...

HHS head calls for voluntary e-health privacy guidelines

December 15, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The head of the Health and Human Services Department called for the health care industry to develop voluntary guidelines to ensure the privacy of patient-controlled personal health records rather than allow the federal government to mandate rules. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, speaking Monday at the Nationwide Health Information Network Forum ...

Obama pledges to pursue health IT, despite economic woes

December 12, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to pursue the use of health information technology aggressively, while his pick to head the Health and Human Services Department said he viewed health IT as a key part of the new administration's stimulus package. Obama, in remarks introducing Tom Daschle as his nominee ...

Lockheed and Defense officials find exchange program mutually beneficial

December 10, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the old saying goes, you can't understand another person's experience until you have walked a mile in his shoes. John "Mike" Moore, a top Lockheed Martin Corp. executive, has done just that during the past year as part of an exchange program in the Defense Department's chief information officer ...

Wearable supercomputer could provide training on the go

December 9, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who says you can't take it with you? A small Indiana company, MNB Technologies Inc., claims it can stuff the power of a supercomputer that supports a range of military and civil applications into a wearable 1-pound box. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership providing financial backing for ...

From Nextgov.com: Defense launches personal health record application test

December 8, 2008 The Defense Department began testing an application on Friday that allows soldiers, veterans and their families to manage their personal health records online using programs provided by Google and Microsoft. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Defense launches personal health record application test

December 8, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department began testing an application on Friday that allows soldiers, veterans and their families to manage their personal health records online using programs provided by Google and Microsoft. The department's Military Health System launched the feature, called MiCare, at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., where ...

From Nextgov.com: Requirements identical for Defense, VA health record system

December 3, 2008 Development of a joint inpatient electronic health records system will satisfy almost all the requirements of the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, according to a long sequestered report obtained by Nextgov.com. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Requirements identical for Defense, VA health record system

December 3, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Development of a joint inpatient electronic health records system will satisfy almost all the requirements of the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, according to a long sequestered report obtained by Nextgov. The report, prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton in January, said Defense and VA share a common definition of an ...