Agency News: Health and Human Services

NIH Pillbox prototype is easy to digest

The National Institutes of Health's online prototype pill verification system, Pillbox, owes its success to user-centered development, its project manager said.

Did CDC violate contract rules? Agency, auditors disagree

The HHS inspector general is accusing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of violating federal acquisition rules prohibiting personal services contracts, while CDC's director insists no violation has occurred.

EHRs: HHS walks a tightrope

The department needs to set the bar low enough to get broad adoption and high enough to achieve its goals for improving quality.

Data-driven health care: Will doctors buy in?

Many doctors are not convinced that data collection leads to better care or that the federal government can help them do their jobs better.

Prison computer recycling put staff, inmates at risk, NIOSH finds

Prisoners were exposed to toxins, but poor record-keeping makes it hard to know how extensively, according to a report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Grassley suspects health IT may cause medication errors

It seems counter-intuitive, but a Senator believes technology might be adding to health care problems rather than solving them.

National Cancer Institute seeks tools for electronic data management

The National Cancer Institute expects to issue a request for proposals next month to identify a contractor that can expand use of electronic data.

Key ingredient missing from e-health records, advisers say

The Health and Human Services Department might have missed an opportunity to improve health care quality by including physician narrative notes within Electronic Health Record systems, according to a federal advisory panel.

HHS rules on electronic health records have broad impact

Panelists dissected the new HHS proposed rules for distributing $17 billion in incentive payments for health IT systems under the economic stimulus law.

HHS plan calls for improved communications, IT systems

The Health and Human Services Department has released the nation's first health security strategy, which includes some technologies for improving communications.

HHS panel considers authentication standards for NHIN

A federal advisory panel met today to consider how to conduct identity proofing and authentication for the Nationwide Health Information Network.

HHS pumps $60M into research on health IT adoption

HHS officials today announced a new program with $60 million for research on overcoming the barriers to adoption of electronic health records.

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