Agency News: Health and Human Services


CTO shares lessons learned from freeing HHS data

The Health and Human Services Department has been pushing out its data in recent months and the results have sparked innovation and helped consumers, Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said at a new media conference.

HHS joins federal info-sharing efforts

The Health and Human Services Department has become a partner in federal efforts to create common standards for sharing data.

FDA wants 33 percent budget increase

The Food and Drug Administration wants a $4.3 billion budget that has new spending on IT, food safety programs, generic drugs, vaccines and regulatory science.

HHS tests exchanging personal medical data over Internet

The Health and Human Services Department has begun testing direct, secure exchange of personal medical data over the Internet.

Broadband plan debate: federal bureaucracy or local initiative?

From reforming the Universal Service Fund to determining how grants are allocated, headaches remain for agencies in starting the National Broadband Plan.

Fed health IT leader submits resignation

Dr. David Blumenthal has been leading the federal effort to distribute about $20 billion in economic stimulus law funding for electronic health record implementations across the country.

CDC publishes social media metrics on dashboard

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is showcasing its digital activity in a new dashboard with data on website and social media use.

NIH, CDC sign global pact on data sharing

Several funders of public health research are coming closer to overcoming barriers to information sharing with a new global agreement, supporters say.

FDA outlines plan to be more transparent to industry

The Food and Drug Administration said it is taking a series of actions to make its activities more transparent to industry.

NIH agency tests waters with hybrid procurement

NIEHS is planning an enterprise IT services deal in which the contractor could provide support through a variety of procurement approaches.

HHS doesn't have plan for IT pandemic surveillance, GAO says

A 2006 law requires the Health and Human Services Department to produce a strategic plan for monitoring public health electronically in near-real time, but the department hasn't done so, according to GAO.

Social media looms in regulations development

New Web 2.0 tools are changing the ways in which government makes and implements rules and regulations.