Agency News: Health and Human Services

FDA strategic plan heavily reliant on IT

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.

CMS puts Medicare personal health data at your fingertips

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.

Health care agency to spend $473M on IT projects

A DHS agency will spend $473 million for comparative effectiveness research on allowing patients to compare treatments.

NIH builds a bridge to paperless processes

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.

National Library of Medicine opens application portal

The National Library of Medicine introduced a new website to help developers and the public create mashups.

CDC awards grants for public health performance management systems

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to boost the performance management capabilities of public health agencies with new funding.

Culture, management issues continue to affect consolidation efforts

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.

Mike Daconta

Beware of an impending e-records train wreck

Outdated technologies and inadequate transparency are hampering HHS's electronic health records effort, but the experience could provide lessons other agencies can use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.

HHS distributes $20M to rural hospitals for health IT

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.

Indian Health Service launches online best practices database

The Indian Health Service wants the public to add content to its new online inventory of best practices and services.

VA, Markle push blue buttons to download personal health data

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.

FDA flips switch on performance management app

The Food and Drug Administration has gone live with 40 online dashboards that track performance for more than 100 program offices.

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