VA postpones EHR rollout in Boise (again).
“This isn’t a setback, but rather part of the process,” VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health stated. The VA announced last month that all of its originally planned software deployments for the year, with the exception of Boise, would be delayed until 2023, following a series of outages and logistical issues that have highlighted serious flaws in the EHR system. Despite his lackluster attempt to put a positive spin on it, it the fact remains that this is the third setback for Boise. And that hardly feels like “part of the process.” The deployment at Boise VA Medical Center was originally scheduled for June 25, before being pushed back to July 23. The most recent delay indefinitely postpones the software’s go-live date. The next EHR system deployments are currently scheduled for January 28, 2023, in Michigan’s Aleda E.Lutz VA Medical Center and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. In the meantime, the VA says that the $16 billion EHRM overhaul could triple in cost.
FCC and lawmakers get tangled up in privacy legislation.
At the same time that the FCC is looking to probe the nation’s top mobile internet providers’ privacy practices, Congress decided to take action on its own by terminating the FCC’s powers in the American Data Privacy and Protection Act. The legislation that the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed on Wednesday would void the FCC’s ability to exercise Section 222 of the Communications Act, for “Customer Proprietary Network Information.” The FCC exercised fines to four large wireless carriers for selling their customers’ location information, and they issued those fines citing Section 222 as the basis for their authority. Instead, the Committee turned those powers over to the FTC.
FAA says air performance is improving.
The Acting FAA chief says that air carrier performance is performing, although millions of Americans disagree. “We are keeping our eye on things,” said Billy Nolen. “We’ve seen good improvements. We can see overall delays are down…the airlines are working to right the size of their network.” Airlines have pointed the finger at the FAA for air traffic control staffing issues causing delays and cancellations, but Nolen, who has been running the FAA since April, said the “majority” of the problems “are not in any way shape or form related to air traffic (staffing) shortages.” Despite his really believable “Nuh-uh” defense, the FAA says they are on track to hire 1,000 controllers this year. For 1,500 positions, the FAA has accepted more than 57,000 applications. Nope, no staffing shortage there.
Labor Dept. announces 120-day cybersecurity apprenticeship sprint.
The Department of Labor is promoting registered apprenticeships as a way for industry sectors to train skilled cybersecurity workers with a 120-day sprint. Together with the White House Office of the National Cyber Director, Department of Commerce and other agencies, DOL will recruit employers, industry sector associations, labor unions, educational providers, and community-based organizations to join or launch registered apprenticeships through National Apprenticeship Week running Nov. 12-20, 2022. Non-joggers are welcome to apply too.