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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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Epic Systems, Leading Defense EHR Bidder, Slammed for Lack of Interoperability

October 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Epic Systems, considered the front-runner for the Defense Department’s $11 billion electronic health record contract, has come under sustained criticism for lack of interoperability with other EHRs, including most recently a front-page story in The New York Times last Sunday. The Times story reported the privately held Epic, which partnered ...

Military Health System Does Not Like Patient Safety Bad News

October 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Military Health System received overall good grades in a review ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the 765-page report, released yesterday, shows staffers in military hospitals feared retaliation for reporting patient safety problems. Much like personnel at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals who blew the whistle on poor ...

Who Needs an EHR? Some Defense Hospital Emergency Rooms Still Use Paper

October 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite investing billions of dollars in information technology over the past decade, three out of seven military hospitals surveyed in a review of the Military Health System reported their emergency rooms still use paper records. Released yesterday, the report said the current MHS IT infrastructure “and rigid network requirements resonate ...

Navy Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Nuclear Sub Force

October 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy celebrated yesterday the commissioning of the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine, 60 years ago, at a ceremony at the Submarine Force Museum and Library in Groton, Connecticut. The nuclear reactor in the Nautilus allowed it to stay underwater for four months, unlike the diesel-powered subs that had ...

Watchdog: Don’t Rule Out Organic Kitty Litter as Culprit in Nuclear Waste Radiation Leak

October 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kitty litter may yet turn out to be the culprit behind a radiation leak at a nuclear waste site earlier this year. An Energy Department inspector general report released yesterday raised once again the possibility that the addition of organic kitty litter to nuclear waste drums may well have led ...

Veterans Benefits Administration Gets New Communications Chief

September 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefits Administration signed on retired Army Brig. Gen. Lew Boone as its director of corporate communications last week. Based on his recent career history, Boone does not shirk from tough jobs. In his last military job, Boone served as director of the Army Disability Agency. Before that, he ...

VA CIO: Scheduling System Software Will Be Fielded by 2017, Not 2020

September 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to field a new, commercial patient scheduling system by 2017, not 2020 as it said in contract documents released Sept. 17, and reported by Nextgov last week. Stephen Warren, VA’s chief information officer, told Nextgov in an email a prominent, half-page chart in draft ...

No New VA Patient Schedule System Until 2020 (UPDATED)

September 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs said Sept. 30 it plans to field the scheduling system by 2017. See the new story here. The Department of Veterans Affairs will not install a new patient scheduling system to all of its 153 hospitals and 50,000 users until 2020, according to contract documents ...

IG: VA Overpays Some Temporary Disability Claims

September 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefit Administration improperly processed disability claims at its Chicago and Seattle regional offices, leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in overpayments, the Department of Veterans reported this week. At the Chicago office, an inspector general’s review found VA staff incorrectly processed 35 of the 89 cases examined ...

The Navy Wants a Tactical Cloud

September 25, 2014 The Office of Naval Research wants to harness the power of cloud computing and bring big data fusion capabilities to the warfighting environment. Last month, the office kicked off a five-year, $12.3 million project for a Navy tactical cloud, a project which could be performed by up to six research ...