Agency News: Health and Human Services

FDA plans electronic filing for some safety reports

Proposed rules announced today would require that all mandatory post market reporting of adverse effects for drugs and medical devices be filed electronically, either through a gateway, a Web portal under development, or on disk or tape.

Panel backs phased-in standards for electronic records

A federal advisory group today endorsed the idea that standards for electronic health records should grow more detailed over time.

HHS could create health IT incentives for specialists

HHS may need to develop special health information technology incentives for medical specialists under the economic stimulus law, an advisory group says.

New NIH manager gives Acquisition Center a facelift

The center cut its assisted acquisition services and aimed those resources at customer service, manager says.

HHS walks a tightrope on health information exchange, advisory group says

HHS is walking a tightrope in trying to craft the right balance for health information exchanges, according to a federal advisory group's report.

Health IT panel endorses preliminary certification procedure

A federal advisory committee today endorsed the idea of setting up a new temporary procedure for certifying electronic health records.

NIH emphasizes health IT in its new $20 billion contract

National Institutes of Health officials expect to award the 10-year, $20 billion Chief Information Officer—Solutions and Partners 3 contract in early 2010.

Doctors need reasons to join health exchanges: HHS official

A senior HHS official says doctors need to get a positive return on investment from health data exchange.

States urged to start now on health exchanges

The State Alliance for e-Health released guidance for helping state governments plan for health information exchanges.

Araujo prescribes technology to improve CDC's outcomes

Rising Star John Araujo is in a unique and cross-disciplinary niche as he advances the role of IT at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Blumenthal: NHIN architecture a 'work in progress'

Dr. David Blumenthal, HHS' Naitonal Coordinator for Health IT, gives an exclusive interview to FCW on NHIN, health IT and health care reform.

Is the nation's health network healthy?

Although Congress is pumping billions of dollars into development of health IT, the nation's health information-sharing infrastructure is not yet ready for prime time. Some say it needs a total overhaul, while others argue for pressing on.

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