Agency News: Health and Human Services

CIO: CDC preparing for contract worth up to $2 billion

The CDC's CIO outlines plans for the agency's largest IT contract, which is also the first Multiple Award Contract.

Agencies play by different rules on contractor award fees, says GAO

Federal agencies are not being consistent in how they distribute contractor award fees, according to a senior GAO official.

Health IT exec Todd Park chosen HHS' CTO

The White House has named Todd Park of Athenahealth as CTO of the Health and Human Services Department.

U.K. agency releases 20-page policy for Twitter

In the U.S. and abroad, agencies determine how to deal with YouTube, Twitter and fake agencies.

EHR standard released by public/private group

The primary standards body for health IT has released a specification for EHRs designed for the economic stimulus law.

Official: Panel wants privacy protection for electronic medical records

A federal advisory panel wants encryption and access controls to protect patients' medical records. official says.

Health record haste sparks privacy fears

A privacy advocate warns that proposals for EHRs postpone several major privacy protections.

Health IT panel recommends 31 IT measures

A workgroup of the Health IT Standards Committee has recommended 31 performance measures for electronic health records.

Health IT: More certification groups could speed stimulus-related spending

A federal advisory group has recommended that multiple organizations be able to test and certify vendor systems to meet the economic stimulus law's requirements for electronic health records.

Agencies seek social-media contractors

Even though social-media tools are easy to use, some agencies want contractors to help anyway.

GAO: has serious weaknesses

The Government Accountability Office says the government portal that has information on more than 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards needs better management.

Surgeon General's next tobacco report to get Web 2.0 push

CDC officials plan to use Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook and Twitter to publicize information from the soon-to-be-released Surgeon General’s report on tobacco.

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