2018 News

Small Business, Big Benefits: How Small Businesses Fit into Bundled Contracts

Posted by Mike G. Luby on Nov 27, 2018 10:18:55 AM
The trend to consolidate or “bundle” large-scale Government contracts has become more prevalent in recent years as policymakers and Government offices strive to find new ways to sustain critical services at a lower cost rather than just cutting them. The perspective offered by Governments is that spending on fewer providers helps minimize costs, streamline efforts, and secure lower prices from suppliers—which translate into lower costs for taxpayers. This consolidation trend has received pushback, however, from groups representing the interest of small businesses such as the House Small Business Committee, because it arguably creates an unfair advantage in the bidding process when several unrelated goods or services are lumped together into a single contract. Despite the debate, the welfare and viability of small businesses should not be viewed as being at odds with more efficient business models and cost savings for taxpayers. In fact, the small business model facilitates the cost-saving and efficient outcomes that contract bundling endeavors to create in many ways that big business model cannot.
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Topics: Innovation, Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Small Business

3 Reasons Why Medical Device Security is an Ongoing Challenge

Posted by Josh Dixon on Oct 23, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Healthcare leaders are concerned about medical device security, and for good reason. Security vulnerabilities in medical devices present real risks to patient safety, data privacy, and network stability. Healthcare organizations often have limited resources dedicated to addressing these security issues, yet the healthcare industry remains the largest target of cyberattacks compared to other industries. What are the key factors making medical device security such a critical issue, and how can we account for these factors in potential solutions? 

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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber Attacks, Healthcare, FDA

Ellumen Inc. is Awarded Contract with DoD DHA for LogiCole Documentation, Training and Independent Verification and Validation Testing Services

Posted by Mary Carroll on Aug 1, 2018 2:19:08 PM

Ellumen Inc. Increases Presence in Medical Logistics Arena with Additional Task Added to Incumbent Contract Award

Ellumen Inc., a trusted provider of professional services and IT solutions, was recently awarded a contract for incumbent work with the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Health Agency (DHA) for the LogiCole Documentation, Training and Independent Verification and Validation Testing Services (IV&V).  LogiCole represents the third iteration of the DHA integrated suite of business process applications that was initially known as DMLSS (Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support), and more recently DML-ES (Defense Medical Logistics—Enterprise Solution). DML-ES represents the DoD MEDLOG IT Portfolio of capabilities that provided a continuum of medical logistics support for the DHA. LogiCole is the technical refresh of DMLSS, transitioning all MEDLOG applications into a single, web-based application supporting all medical logistics functions in the Military Health System.

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Topics: Government Health IT, Department of Defense, Contract Award, Training, Medical Logistics, Documentation, IV&V

How Healthcare Interoperability and Modernization are Thriving at VA

Posted by Mary Carroll on May 22, 2018 3:27:54 PM

Whether it is a solo medical practice, rural hospital, or massive health system, sharing medical data securely between the complicated web of electronic health records (EHRs) is an ongoing challenge that both big and small healthcare providers face. As one of the largest health care delivery systems in America, interoperability is not a new concept at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In fact, in VA facilities enterprise-wide, our Veterans are benefiting from healthcare interoperability that is happening on a massive scale not only within the agency, but also with Department of Defense (DoD) facilities around the globe. Clinical data exchange between VA and DoD has been ongoing in some form or another since the early 2000s, but a major overhaul in 2016 replaced legacy data sharing services with a state-of-the-art, HL7 FHIR-based system which makes DoD clinical data from around the world easily accessible to VA clinicians in their existing desktop applications

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Topics: EHR, Interoperability, Healthcare, Veterans Affairs, Veteran Health, HIMSS2018

How Medical Logistics Provides Timely and Responsive Support for the Military

Posted by Josh Dixon on Mar 6, 2018 1:01:00 PM

A clinician in need of an otoscope to check an ear. A nurse in need of a syringe to deliver medication. A surgeon in need of a sterilized scalpel to perform surgery. All these individuals have something in common – a need for timely medical logistics support to ensure they have the medical materiel they need to do their job in an efficient, effective manner. For the Department of Defense, achieving this can be challenging as they support one of the largest active militaries in the world. So how does a modern military succeed at providing responsive medical logistics for service members stationed around the globe?

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Topics: Government Health IT, Healthcare, Training, Medical Logistics, Documentation