HHS' Connect software for health information exchange has been distributed to hundreds of organizations that who are starting to use it.
The H1N1 swine flu virus has created an urgent need for public health authorities to track where and how quickly the illness is spreading.
Critics say too many systems are collecting data on disease outbreaks with little coordination among them.
A workgroup hears about the problems in implementing common standards for an electronic health care data exchange.
HHS' inspector general will audit several IT systems and programs affected by the economic stimulus law.
The National Institutes of Health funded a $12.2 million "Facebook for Scientists" project to set up a network for researchers.
Emergency medical workers in Indianapolis and its suburbs now have access to electronic health records.
Medical labs vary widely in how prepared they are to use electronic medical records, according to testimony today.
Health IT vendor Cerner Corp. has set up a national flu tracking network in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control.
Just in time for flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have begun using new tools to track seasonal and H1N1 flu and educate the public about treatment.
HHS will spend almost $28 million for health IT projects in 21 states.
The use of electronic health records is being held back by a debate over patients' rights, industry officials said today.