Agency News: Health and Human Services

HHS doesn't have plan for IT pandemic surveillance, GAO says

A 2006 law requires the Health and Human Services Department to produce a strategic plan for monitoring public health electronically in near-real time, but the department hasn't done so, according to GAO.

Social media looms in regulations development

New Web 2.0 tools are changing the ways in which government makes and implements rules and regulations.

FDA says its surveillance network exceeds goals

The Food and Drug Administration said it's met its initial target of accessing health data for 25 million people for its Sentinel electronic surveillance network.

HHS to help push 'text4baby' service to 1 million

Mothers and mothers-to-be can sign up for the free text4baby mobile health program being expanded this month with help from the Health and Human Services Department.

HHS boosts rate for Medicaid enrollment IT systems

The Health and Human Services Department will increase the money paid to help states establish insurance exchanges.

HHS sweetens the pot for states building health exchanges

The Health and Human Services Department announced a grant program that will fund up to five states or consortiums to build exchanges that HHS hopes will serve as models for other states.

For continuity, build telework into operations

The technology is available to enable secure, efficient access for remote working emergencies and day-to-day operations, but planning ahead is critical. Two agencies show that it can be done.

New website to monitor fed travel excesses

A new independent issue website has been launched this month, focusing on publishing information on what its staff argue is wasteful travel by federal government employees.

CDC publishes social media toolkit online

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share the lessons they have learned by using Facebook, Twitter, podcasts, blogs and other social media.

CMS puts thinking cap on, will launch new innovation center

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will spend $10 billion during the next nine years on research into how to reduce health care costs while improving quality of care.

Focus on error-prone contractors to find improper payments, HHS IG says

Medicare could do better at identifying improper payments by looking to providers who are most likely to make errors, according to the Health and Human Services inspector general.

DOD cuts will slow overall fed IT spending growth

Federal spending on IT will increase slightly in the next five years. Who can expect to see their budgets grow and who faces cuts, according to new TechAmerica Foundation Vision survey forecasts.

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