Agency News: Health and Human Services

Amy Burnett dispenses public health information in a pinch

The public's overwhelming need for information during the H1N1 flu outbreak tested the limits of CDC's National Contact Center.

FDA wants ideas for transparency

The Food and Drug Administration is asking consumers and industry executives for ideas on how to improve the flow of information about the agency's activities.

HHS awards $162M for health data exchanges

The Health and Human Services Department has announced the final group of states that will get economic stimulus law money for statewide health information exchanges.

FDA broadens reach through widgets, content syndication

A widget embedded on partner Web sites drove more than 20 million visitors to to learn more about the peanut recall.

E-health record system certification requests rise sharply

Since Feb. 12, 46 vendors have applied for certification of their digital record systems from the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

FDA weighs tighter oversight of health IT apps to protect patients

The Food and Drug Administration is considering stepping up its oversight of patient safety related to health IT software, according to an FDA official.

HHS awards $100M for pediatric e-health records

The Health and Human Services Department is investing in the development of pediatric electronic health records in 18 states.

Surgeon general collaborates with Microsoft for online e-record management

The U.S. surgeon general is expanding its online tool to allow consumers to assemble their family medical histories by adding links to Microsoft's HealthVault Personal Health Record application.

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