GAO: HHS, other feds blew $321M on redundant IT | MassDevice.com On Call

GAO: HHS, other feds blew $321M on redundant IT | MassDevice.com On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services and 2 other federal agencies may have blown some $321 million on IT systems that were already in place, according to a Government Accounting Office report.

The GAO identified 12 "potentially duplicative" investments at HHS, the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Defense Dept., out of the 590 it reviewed.

"These investments accounted for about $321 million in reported IT spending for fiscal years 2008 through 2013," according to the GAO.

The boondoggles included:

  • "Six potentially duplicative investments at HHS, which include 4 investments that support enterprise information security and 2 for Medicare coverage determination;
  • "Four such investments at DoD, which include 2 investments that track health care status of warfighters, with 1 since having been canceled, and 2 investments that manage dental care;
  • “Two potentially duplicative investments at DHS that support immigration enforcement booking management, which includes the processing of apprehended illegal aliens suspected of committing criminal violations of immigration law."

"GAO recommends that DoD develop a plan and DHS and HHS conduct analyses to address the potentially duplicative investments identified in this report. DOD and HHS agreed with GAO’s recommendations but DHS disagreed. GAO believes that analysis by DHS on why 1 system would not support both agencies’ requirements is needed," according to the report.

 Federal commission warns of looming long-term care crisis
There’s a crisis looming for U.S. long-term care, a federal commission said last week. The Commission on Long-Term Care said government agencies need to get on the stick before some 78 million Baby Boomers head into old age at the same time.
Read more

 Philips, GE vie for Indian healthcare market

Philips Healthcare (NYSE:PHG)
and GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) are slugging it out for the top spot in the Indian healthcare market.
Read more

 Carotid endarterectomy can benefit most patients
Despite the controversy surrounding it, carotid endarterectomy can benefit the majority of patients with severe carotid artery stenosis, according to a 12-year study published in Neural Regeneration Research.
Read more

 Iraq, Afghanistan troops show high rates of spinal injury
One out of 9 U.S. military personnel sustaining combat injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan incur spinal injuries, a much higher rate than in previous wars, according to a report in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine – perhaps because injuries that were once almost certainly fatal are no longer as deadly.
Read more

RSS From Medical Design & Outsourcing

  • 3-phase current transducer from PEM delivers all-in-one convenience
    The new RCTrms 3-ph current transducer from Power Electronic Measurements (PEM) delivers a convenient, safe and accurate solution for measuring current in three phases. It features a thin, clip-around, flexible sensor coil and provides accurate true rms measurement with 4-20 mA or 0-5 V output, enabling simple installation with PLC’s, SCADA systems or automation equipment. […]
  • Safety alert: Recall on two IV solutions from Baxter
    Baxter International announced it is voluntarily recalling two lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital and user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter. The particulate matter in each case was determined to be an insect and was identified as a result of a customer complaint. The matter was identified prior to […]
  • TSO3 begins shipment of STERIZONE VP4 Sterilizers to U.S.
    TSO3, a developer in sterilization technology for medical devices in healthcare settings, announced that the company has received purchase orders for multiple devices from the U.S. The orders are the result of the collaborative relationship between Getinge Infection Control, its sales and service provider, and TSO3. “Finally,” said R.M. Rumble, president and CEO of TSO3. “Our Vision is […]
  • Turkish medical company is seeking reseller and OEM partners in the U.S.
    UZUMCU Medical Equipment, one of Turkey’s first and largest manufacturers of medical devices, is seeking reseller and OEM partners in the U.S. The company has an array of FDA-certified OR tables, surgical lights, surgical suction units, electro devices and other medical equipment. “We want to bring our experience with distributors throughout Europe and the Middle […]
  • QImaging introduces new CCD cameras for microscopy with modern software to streamline image capture
    QImaging, a manufacturer of scientific cameras for life science and OEM applications, introduces a new series of Retiga CCD cameras, accompanied by QImaging’s new acquisition software to deliver high-performance tools for microscopy and imaging to researchers at an affordable price. The new QImaging Retiga R1, Retiga R3 and Retiga R6 cameras offer valuable technical features […]
  • Sigma-Aldrich announces a new certification to aid IVD customers
    Sigma-Aldrich, a life science and high technology company, announced the company has received ISO 13485 certification for expanded quality assurance capabilities at its Dekalb and Barton facilities located in St. Louis. The certification extends Sigma-Aldrich’s ability to manufacture and offer critical raw materials, such as enzymes, proteins and antibodies used in diagnostic assays, and supplies in vitro […]
  • Prescribing the right power supply: Important considerations for using batteries to power medical devices
    Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries Medical technology is advancing rapidly, requiring increasingly sophisticated power management solutions, especially when then the device needs to be self-powered. Battery-powered medical devices encompass a wide range of applications, including surgical drills, power tools, automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), infusion pumps, bone growth stimulators and other wearable devices, […]
  • Qosina announces the launch of its e-commerce website
    Qosina is pleased to announce the launch of its e-commerce website, making it easier to purchase thousands of medical device components from stock inventory. Visitors coming to the new Qosina.com will discover a new look and feel and improvements with every click including: · Easy navigation: A new category structure that mirrors the print catalog […]
  • Athermal laser machining for medical implants is the topic of Norman Noble’s latest whitepaper
    Thermal lasers have achieved extraordinary results in microprecision manufacturing of medical implants and devices the past 20 years. Devices we take for granted today, such as vascular stents, could not be produced without the technology; however, there are still significant limitations on what medical implant and device manufactures can produce using thermal lasers. One major issue […]
  • Sealevel announces the SeaISO family of USB isolators
    Sealevel announces the SeaISO family of USB isolators with 4 kV of medical-grade optical isolation between the host computer and connected USB equipment. SeaISO USB isolators are UL Recognized, in accordance with EN60601-1 3rd Edition, and protect both the power and data lines of connected USB devices from harmful ground loops, damaging transients and surges […]
  • The 21st Century Cures Discussion document recently released to the public
    It has been reported that among the 10,000 known diseases, 7,000 of which are considered rare, there are treatments for only 500. According to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it now takes “around 14 years and $2 billion or more” to develop a new drug and “more than 95% […]

Leave a Reply