Agency News: Health and Human Services

Panel seeks Rx for secure health data exchange

A workgroup hears about the problems in implementing common standards for an electronic health care data exchange.

Disease surveillance through a murky crystal ball

Critics say too many systems are collecting data on disease outbreaks with little coordination among them.

HHS' IG plans audits for some health IT programs

HHS' inspector general will audit several IT systems and programs affected by the economic stimulus law.

NIH funds a Facebook for scientists

The National Institutes of Health funded a $12.2 million "Facebook for Scientists" project to set up a network for researchers.

Wireless medical records system comes to Indianapolis

Emergency medical workers in Indianapolis and its suburbs now have access to electronic health records.

HHS faces hurdles on electronic exchange of medical lab results

Medical labs vary widely in how prepared they are to use electronic medical records, according to testimony today.

New IT tools to track swine flu

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.

Health IT vendor sets up CDC with free flu tracking network

Health IT vendor Cerner Corp. has set up a national flu tracking network in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control.

Health centers get $27.8M for health IT projects

HHS will spend almost $28 million for health IT projects in 21 states.

Progress still slow on electronic health record adoption

The use of electronic health records is being held back by a debate over patients' rights, industry officials said today.

Health data breach notification rule starts Sept. 23

A new Health and Human Services Department rule that requires health care organizations to notify patients when their data is disclosed without authorization goes into effect Sept. 23.

Electronic health records open patient privacy questions

An HHS advisory committee that will set rules for privacy of patients' health records considers consent rules.

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