CQ Roll Call’s Kerry Young reports that Amazon has asked lawmakers to tweak federal health privacy law to allow freer data flow for research projects conducted through its cloud-services business while maintaining information security.
This week, activity on the Hill includes hearings on botnets and the future of the video marketplace as well as House consideration of a permanent ban on taxing Internet access. Elsewhere in Washington, events on the IP transition, data analytics and Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference are on tap.
The federal government’s efforts to enroll people into health insurance plans online might have been one of the most high-profile and contentious intersections of the federal government, health and technology, but it’s certainly not the only space where these issues come together. CQ HealthBeat’s Kerry Young writes about federal efforts to make health data more accessible:
In releasing a report on what went wrong with the rollout of HealthCare.gov, two GOP senators put out a rhetoric-heavy news release that criticized the 2010 health care law and scolded the Obama administration for implementing it. But as CQ HealthBeat’s Kerry Young notes, the purpose of the report itself is “at least partly to help the organization’s new chief” — Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell — “keep from repeating the same errors.”
The National Institutes of Health is using White House Maker Faire day to remind the world about its new exchange for 3D printer files related to health and science — such as plans for custom lab equipment and scientific models for human anatomy and tiny organisms. The goal is to improve research, assist in repairing and enhancing lab equipment, and help pre-game medical procedures.
The 3D printer community has taken the “human anatomy” thing to the next level, of course. It’s not just about models, it’s also about fabricating actual synthetic body parts. It’s a story best told through video:
Samsung today announced the Simband, a “reference design” for a wearable sensor gadget that would allow people to track their health data. Along with Apple’s rumored upcoming launch of an iWatch with health apps, the Samsung move pushes the concept of real-time tracking of consumers’ health information closer to the point where regulators and lawmakers will have to revisit the issue.
In answering written queries from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee members outside of her confirmation hearings, Health and Human Services secretary nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell indicated that Healthcare.gov has cost the government at least $834 million in IT spending so far, and another $200 million is being requested for fiscal 2015: