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.
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.
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.
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.