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Senate Confirms James Gfrerer as VA’s Information, Technology Leader

The VA finally has its first permanent CIO in two years after the Senate confirms James Gfrerer as assistant secretary of information and technology.

SVB Financial Group Completes Acquisition of Healthcare Investment Bank Leerink Partners

SVB Financial Group completes its acquisition of healthcare and life sciences investor Leerink Partners for $280 million in cash.

Livongo Names Lee Shapiro Chief Financial Officer

Livongo hires its board member and investor Lee Shapiro as CFO.

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  1. James Gfrerer has no healthcare background, but significant experience with cybersecurity and accountability. He might not love that this was the last assessment of the $16b project he’s been tasked with fast-tracking (last assessment that found the light of day, anyway):

    “Preliminary findings on Data Protection — The initial CVPA testing identified that the data stored within MHS GENESIS, including Personally Identifiable Information and Protected Health Information, is not protected in accordance with DOD standards. The SPAWAR Red Team demonstrated three pathways for users with low-level access to escalate privileges, thereby gaining more control over MHS GENESIS and the sensitive data stored within. The testing identified four other risk areas that the PMO should correct to improve the security of the system.”

    * “Survivability is undetermined because cybersecurity testing is ongoing.”

    * “Complete cybersecurity operational testing and continue to fix known deficiencies.”

    * “Delay further fielding until JITC completes the IOT&E at MAMC and the PMO corrects any outstanding deficiencies.”


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