Agency News: Health and Human Services

HHS offers widget for identifying health insurance choices

The Health and Human Services Department has an online widget to help people identify the health insurance plans are sold in their states.

Innovative NIH online purchasing system honored

National Institutes of Health's Purchasing Online Tracking System generates $1 million in savings a year by eliminating double data entry and reducing staffing and resource costs.

HHS' new strategic plan emphasizes health IT

The Health and Human Services Department has asked for feedback on its draft strategic plan for 2010 to 2015.

HHS to give states $1M each for health insurance exchanges

States and the District of Columbia will get $51 million to help them set up new insurance marketplaces.

NIH wins approval for third CIOSP contract

OMB officials have approved the governmentwide contract after recognizing agencies' new duties because of the major overhaul of the health-care system.

HHS employees, industry partners jump-start innovations

Todd Park is the go-to guy for open government at the Health and Human Services Department, where he's also involved with health reform and health information exchange.

The new CTOs: entrepreneurs in residence

The need to keep up with the fast pace of new technology is prompting many agencies to assign chief technology officers as dedicated lookouts for online opportunities.

Craigslist founder helps HHS with idea competition

The Health and Human Services Department is getting some help from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark with its employee-only innovation competition.

FCC, FDA take teamwork approach to telemedicine

The FCC and FDA have scheduled a joint public meeting in July on a teamwork approach to overseeing approval of telemedicine devices.

HHS tailors EHRs for children

A federal advisory group today examined whether health information technology should be adapted to meet the needs of pediatric patients and other groups.

Data expertise needed to map out Medicare reform

Is the Obama administration equipped to arbitrate the dispute over geographic disparities in Medicare spending?

HHS awards $84M for community EHR systems

The Health and Human Services Department will spend $84 million for health IT systems at community health centers.

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