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VA, Defense Department announce milestone in electronic health records storage

VA, Defense Department announce milestone in electronic health records storage

Business
July 31 (UPI) -- The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs announced the transfer of 78 billion health records for veterans this week, a milestone in their modernization efforts. The health records of 23.5 million veterans have been sent to contractor Cerner Corp. The 10-year, $ 16 billion electronic healthcare record (EHR) innovation is meant to improve patient care and support. It also prepares the VA for its planned "go live" event in 2021, in which the current health record system is "turned off" within a facility and the new EHR system is activated. The contracted solution, an off-the-shelf system called Centor Millennium, is designed with interoperability of VA, Defense Department and private health care providers. It can follow an active duty service member's transition to v...
U.S. Defense Department considers buying Israeli-made drones

U.S. Defense Department considers buying Israeli-made drones

Business
July 19 (UPI) -- An Israeli-made anti-tank drone is under consideration for purchase by the U.S. Defense Department. The Defense Department is seeking the approval of the U.S. Congress to transfer $ 6.9 million between accounts to buy an undisclosed number of Hero-120 "loitering drones," canister-launched anti-armor munitions. The proposed purchase is part of the $ 2.8 billion omnibus Pentagon budget sent to Congress in June. The drone fits a niche between cruise missiles and unmanned combat aerial vehicles. It loiters in the air around the target area, searches for targets, and attacks once a target is located. In 2018, the U.S. Marine Corps' Rapid Capabilities Office of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory submitted a request for information for an "organic precision fires" system w...
Taiwan’s $2.2B missile, tank purchase approved by State Department

Taiwan’s $2.2B missile, tank purchase approved by State Department

Business
July 9 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved two contracts worth $ 2.2 billion for possible foreign military sales to Taiwan of Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Monday notified Congress it approved a $ 2 billion deal for 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks and a $ 223.6 million deal for Man-Portable Air-Defense Stinger missiles, as well as related equipment and support, as negotiated by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office. The sales serve U.S. national, economic, and security interests, DSCA said, by supporting Taiwan's "continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability." DSCA said the sales will improve the security and assist in "maintaining political stability, military balance and e...
I-T department to share details of assets, accounts of loan defaulters with banks: CBDT

I-T department to share details of assets, accounts of loan defaulters with banks: CBDT

Finance
Income tax authorities will share details of assets of borrowers and their guarantors with public sector banks in case of loan defaults. The move is aimed at preventing promoters from siphoning off assets that are not disclosed to banks and comes close on the heels of the income tax department and goods and services tax authorities deciding to share details about taxpayers and defaulters with each other. Decision to share details to banks comes in the backdrop of borrowers not disclosing complete assets to lenders to safeguard them being party of any recovery proceedings But, banks will also have to do their bit for the department. Banks will need to furnish no objection certificate from jurisdictional Commissioner of the loan defaulter before appropriation of the surplus amount recovered ...