Health IT


HHS boosts rate for Medicaid enrollment IT systems

The Health and Human Services Department will increase the money paid to help states establish insurance exchanges.

HHS sweetens the pot for states building health exchanges

The Health and Human Services Department announced a grant program that will fund up to five states or consortiums to build exchanges that HHS hopes will serve as models for other states.

CMS puts thinking cap on, will launch new innovation center

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will spend $10 billion during the next nine years on research into how to reduce health care costs while improving quality of care.

What's on state CIOs' minds? Consolidation, cost control, health care.

Consolidation, virtualization, budget and health care are among the most critical policy or technology issues to be faced by state government in 2011, according to a recent NASCIO survey.

DOD, VA consider more integration for EHR systems, VA official says

The Veterans Affairs Department and the Defense Department are seeking to modernize their patient health record systems.

CMS puts Medicare personal health data at your fingertips

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rolls out a new download capability to grant 47 million Medicare patients online access to their medical records.

DOD brainstorms new digital health record system

The Defense Department is preparing for the next-generation Electronic Health Record Way Ahead project with a study of alternatives that will be discussed this month.

FedScoop, health IT conferences commence

A pair of conferences in Washington get under way and feature government executives speaking about innovation and other IT-related issues.

DOD unhappy with electronic records upgrade

The Defense Department should learn from the problems with its AHLTA medical records system before buying a new system, GAO says.

Health care agency to spend $473M on IT projects

A DHS agency will spend $473 million for comparative effectiveness research on allowing patients to compare treatments.

HHS works on framework for health IT standards

David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health IT, told a House subcommittee that HHS is working on a framework for standards and interoperability of health IT.

Mike Daconta

Beware of an impending e-records train wreck

Outdated technologies and inadequate transparency are hampering HHS's electronic health records effort, but the experience could provide lessons other agencies can use to avoid similar pitfalls, says columnist Michael Daconta.