HHS wants your input on plan for improving health care

The Health and Human Services Department is seeking public comments on a draft copy of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, which focuses on health IT adoption, information sharing and improved health outcomes.

VA improving IT performance, CIO says

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

Workforce

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.

IT Modernization

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.

IT Modernization

HHS to help push 'text4baby' service to 1 million

Mothers and mothers-to-be can sign up for the free text4baby mobile health program being expanded this month with help from the Health and Human Services Department.

Army sets up central medical care site for wounded warriors

A new website is geared toward helping soldiers and veterans who need complex medical care to navigate all the available information on benefits and other resources.

HHS sweetens the pot for states building health exchanges

The Health and Human Services Department announced a grant program that will fund up to five states or consortiums to build exchanges that HHS hopes will serve as models for other states.

What's on state CIOs' minds? Consolidation, cost control, health care.

Consolidation, virtualization, budget and health care are among the most critical policy or technology issues to be faced by state government in 2011, according to a recent NASCIO survey.

State, local health IT spending projected to be $10B by 2015

Spending on state and local health information technology systems is expected to rise by 19 percent during the next five years, according to market research firm Input Inc.

Workforce

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.

IT Modernization

GAO incorporates new technologies into strategic plan

Advances in technology and the wide-ranging effects of networks and virtualization will influence federal programs during the next five years, the Government Accountability Office reported.

Workforce

Data expertise needed to map out Medicare reform

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

VA sets the telehealth table

VA's quiet leadership in telehealth is about to gain a much broader audience as policy-makers look to the technology as a possible means of reducing costs and improving access to care.

HHS advisory panel considers patient privacy rules

A federal advisory panel considers whether more rules are needed for patients' consent when exchanging medical data electronically.

Baker responds to VA VistA report

Roger Baker, assistant secretary for information and technology at the VA, thanks the VistA advisory committee for its "exhaustive" report.

HHS advisory panel considers patient consent framework

An advisory group to the Health and Human Services Department is evaluating a framework for managing patients' consents to share their personal medical information.

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