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VA's hospital of the future

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently got its first "5G hospital," and now it's looking to expand the use of emerging technology at the Silicon Valley medical facility to give doctors and patients a more in-depth understanding of medical procedures and conditions. Project Convergence is a public-private partnership that includes 5G wireless connectivity from Verizon, augmented reality visualization software from Medivis and Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 headset. The program will bring “science fiction to life” with augmented reality, Thomas Osborne, director of the National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation at the VA, told FedScoop. “It opens doors to things we could only imagine before,” he said. Jackson Barnett interviewed Osborne.

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Court says AWS is ‘likely to succeed’ in JEDI protest

Amazon has a strong case in its protest of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract and is likely to succeed in showing that the Department of Defense erred, at least in part, in how it evaluated bids for the $10 billion contract, according to the judge ruling on the lawsuit. Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith details in a document unsealed Friday night why she recently decided in Amazon Web Services' favor to order an injunction under JEDI, preventing any further work between the Pentagon and winning bidder Microsoft under the contract while the protest is ongoing. The document shows for the first time that the court may be leaning toward ruling in Amazon’s favor in the protest. However, Campbell-Smith's order only keys in on one specific charge in Amazon’s larger complaint. Among the several evaluation missteps it says DOD made, AWS argues that it erred in evaluating Microsoft’s proposed offering for online storage, which it calls “noncompliant.” Billy Mitchell has the news.

National lab to pilot 5G

A national lab in Richland, Washington, is going to be the first to get 5G. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s main campus will test Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service in order to advise other agencies on deployment. The lab specializes in advanced mobile communications research and development for the Department of Energy. “They can take the smartest people in government that work for PNNL and really ideate and, with their folks on R&D, collaborate with us to explore how 5G can really transform the work that the federal government does,” Mike Maiorana, senior vice president of federal sales at Verizon, told FedScoop. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

Improve security practices with better data insights

Federal agencies preparing modern cyberdefense plans can minimize the ultimate impact of an attack with better insights across their networks. That’s why IT executives should consider investing in a platform that’s able to collect, leverage and understand enterprise data, according to a new Splunk report. The report details how modern platform solutions, capable of operating as a “security nerve center,” are better suited than many specialized tools at identifying gaps in network defenses. Read more here.

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