The Food and Drug Administration set agencywide goals in its new draft Strategic Priorities Plan for 2011 to 2015 that touch on many uses of IT.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rolls out a new download capability to grant 47 million Medicare patients online access to their medical records.
A DHS agency will spend $473 million for comparative effectiveness research on allowing patients to compare treatments.
The National Cancer Institute and Bristol-Myers Squibb are using digital certificates to eliminate paper in a cancer therapy evaluation program, a trend that advocates hope will become more widespread in government.
The National Library of Medicine introduced a new website to help developers and the public create mashups.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to boost the performance management capabilities of public health agencies with new funding.
The success of data center consolidation initiatives will be determined more by culture and management issues than technology, according to federal managers and industry experts speaking at a recent conference on data center optimization.
Outdated technologies and inadequate transparency are hampering HHS's electronic health records effort, but the experience could provide lessons other agencies can use to avoid similar pitfalls, says columnist Michael Daconta.
The Indian Health Service wants the public to add content to its new online inventory of best practices and services.
The Health and Human Services Department has announced $20 million in additional economic stimulus law grants to help rural hospitals install electronic health record systems.
The Veterans Affairs Department and the Markle Foundation are promoting "blue button" applications that would allow patients to download their personal medical data from providers and insurers.
The Food and Drug Administration has gone live with 40 online dashboards that track performance for more than 100 program offices.