Agency News: Health and Human Services

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.

Health IT panel approves intermediaries for data

Health and Human Services Department's Health IT Standards Committee has adopted a framework for the flow of patient data to be collected and aggregated to measure the quality of care.

Commission to start preliminary certifications for EHRs

A group that certifies electronic health records will give health care providers a head start on getting incentive payments under the economic stimulus law.

Patient safety data formats get update

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has updated the data formats for its program for providers to electronically submit data on patient safety.

CMS considers contractors for identifier program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is considering using contractors to operate a national system for assigning health providers unique identifying numbers.

HHS strikes out on search for new telehealth center

HHS says it hasn't gotten any applications to run a national telehealth center.

CDC starts Web discussions on swine flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sponsoring a Web-based discussion starting today to gauge public opinion on swine flu vaccinations.

How state CIOs can help with health IT

State CIOs can play a critical role in deployment of health IT, according to a new report.

FDA plans electronic medical device reports

The FDA has plans to convert its postmarket medical device reporting from paper forms to an electronic system.

NIH revamps acquisition center's image

The agency's IT acquisition center has shed its assisted-acquisition services and will instead focus on GWACs.

HHS to industry: Help assess health IT networks

HHS has asked industry to help conduct a nationwide analysis of health information exchange infrastructures.

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