Agency News: Health and Human Services

Federal IT execs share approaches to working with industry

Senior federal information technology officials today discussed making government data available and working with industry during an event hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Bethesda Chapter.

FDA task force proposes 21 transparency initiatives

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comment on 21 draft ideas to improve transparency and disclosure at the agency.

HHS distributes $1 billion to research labs

The Health and Human Services Department will give $1 billion in economic stimulus law funding to academic and public health laboratories.

Agencies sponsor $12M IT innovation contest

Organizations can compete on six teams for the best innovations in smart grid, IT infrastructure and green technology.

Access granted: NIH opens doors to medical resources

In March, the National Institutes of Health became the first government agency to accept two types of industry-standard online identity credentials that people can get for free.

HHS releases rule on insurance Web portal

The Health and Human Services Department has released an interim final rule on a new Web portal for information to allow consumers to compare insurance coverage.

IT included in Sebelius' top priorities for HHS

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released her top strategic initiatives for the department, which include health IT elements.

Sankaran to leave HHS' Federal Health Architecture

Vish Sankaran, program director for the Federal Health Architecture system, announced his resignation today.

HHS panel wants database for health IT safety

An advisory panel wants a new national database to ensure the safe use of electronic health record systems.

HHS to make grants for prescription monitoring systems

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration will make grants to help states set up and improve prescription monitoring programs for controlled substances.

Winners and losers under the NHIN Direct project

The Health and Human Services Department's NHIN Direct may cost state health information exchanges a way to make money.

HHS publishes online list of patient data breaches

The Health and Human Services Department has started publishing an online list of data thefts and breaches that affect the health data of more than 500 patients.

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