Health IT

HHS joins federal info-sharing efforts

The Health and Human Services Department has become a partner in federal efforts to create common standards for sharing data.

VA improving IT performance, CIO says

After two years, CIO Roger Baker says he's seeing improvements in VA's troubled IT operations.

DOD, VA prepare recommendation on joint EHR for late March, official says

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have been working on a joint strategy for using electronic health records.

HHS tests exchanging personal medical data over Internet

The Health and Human Services Department has begun testing direct, secure exchange of personal medical data over the Internet.

Fed health IT leader submits resignation

Dr. David Blumenthal has been leading the federal effort to distribute about $20 billion in economic stimulus law funding for electronic health record implementations across the country.

DOD, VA not working well together on digital medical records, GAO says

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments aren't working effectively together on a strategy for joint digital medical records, a new report says.

NIH, CDC sign global pact on data sharing

Several funders of public health research are coming closer to overcoming barriers to information sharing with a new global agreement, supporters say.

Federal IT employees face good prospects in commercial job market

Federal IT employees interested in moving to the private sector should have no problem finding a job, as long as they tailor their résumés to specific positions and keep pace with new technology developments.

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.

President's Council seeks to accelerate government network advances

The PCAST report highlights areas of national priorities in IT R&D, such as health, education, transportation and energy, and the research frontiers the nation should tackle next.

SSA seen going 90 percent electronic

An advisory panel to the Social Security Administration strongly recommends expanding the agency's electronic transactions.

SSA will overhaul medical coding systems

The Social Security Administration received a good report card on its low rate of medical coding errors, but now it looks like a complete redo of the coding system is in the works.

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