Health IT

HHS panel to give fresh spin to federal health IT strategy

The stimulus law requires the Health and Human Services Department to revise the plan to show how health IT will be used to improve care quality, reduce errors, improve public health and address special needs.

HHS rules on electronic health records have broad impact

Panelists dissected the new HHS proposed rules for distributing $17 billion in incentive payments for health IT systems under the economic stimulus law.

Blog Briefs: Military spouses, Hollywood actors, health IT and vets debriefed

A roundup from the blog rolls of the federal government.

HHS plan calls for improved communications, IT systems

The Health and Human Services Department has released the nation's first health security strategy, which includes some technologies for improving communications.

HHS panel considers authentication standards for NHIN

A federal advisory panel met today to consider how to conduct identity proofing and authentication for the Nationwide Health Information Network.

VA, Kaiser seek to expand health data exchange project

The Veterans Affairs Department and Kaiser Permanente claim success for their data exchange effort for about 460 veterans in San Diego.

VistA: Ready for its close-up?

VistA, the Veterans Affairs Department's electronic health record software, might be the apex of what digital health care has to offer, but it also has problems that have prevented more widespread use.

HHS wants contractor to test privacy of 'anonymous' data

One of the important issues in the health IT discussion is whether patient medical data can be kept private and anonymous, and now the HHS is looking for a contractor to research that question.

Proposed rules set stage for e-health records incentives

The Health and Human Services Department has made available its long-awaited regulations for certification and meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems.

HHS pumps $60M into research on health IT adoption

HHS officials today announced a new program with $60 million for research on overcoming the barriers to adoption of electronic health records.

DHS biosurveillance center not getting enough data, GAO says

The DHS National Biosurveillance Integration Center is relying on Internet data at the moment because it has not been able to establish partnerships with federal agencies to get federal data, the GAO said in a new report.

Medical claims database could aid research on best treatments

The Health and Human Services Department announced plans to use economic stimulus law funding to create a new database of medical claims for all payors nationwide.