Agency News: Health and Human Services


War games spark better-informed decisions

War games are not just for children and generals. The authors of a new book demonstrate how the concepts can apply to vexing business problems.

Calling for better mine safety

The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research launched a collaborative project with industry to create an innovative wireless emergency communications system to improve mine safety.

SSA seeks more access to NHIN

The agency is considering having providers use the Nationwide Health Information Network to submit medical records that help SSA determine applicants' eligibility for federal disability payments.

Health IT coordinator to harmonize record standards, network

The National Coordinator for Health IT plans to resolve differences between electronic patient records and the National Health Information Network data exchange system.

Some doctors to get health IT help

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology said he is dealing with the special health IT needs of doctors in small practices.

What is 'meaningful use?'

The Health IT Policy Committee is revising a proposed framework for defining and setting benchmarks for meaningful use of health IT.

Health IT: Agency pilots medical image-sharing technology

A federal agency is launching a pilot project to set up a network for medical digital image sharing.

Health IT 'meaningful use' framework proposed

The federal Health IT Policy Committee today began considering a detailed framework for defining "meaningful use" of health IT through 2015.

Kennedy moves toward health reform

House and Senate Democratic leaders are putting health care reform legislation on a fast track, with information technology provisions on board the train.

FDA stumbles toward transparency

Despite having little guidance on how to meet the Obama administration's transparency goals, the Food and Drug Administration is moving forward with plans.

Health care records should be user-friendly, patients say

Advocates for patient-centered health care are trying to get those principles incorporated into the upcoming regulations for spending $19 billion in incentives for health information technology. But some wonder if crafting health IT goals to give more power to patients is too big a pill to swallow.

Health IT panel to consider 'meaningful use' definition

The Health IT Policy Committee is expected to consider a definition for 'meaningful use' of records on June 16.