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.

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.

HHS works on framework for health IT standards

David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health IT, told a House subcommittee that HHS is working on a framework for standards and interoperability of health IT.

Health IT evangelists find help in the cloud

The Health and Human Services Department recently purchased a cloud computing solution for its regional extention centers that not only helps them do their jobs, but also provides performance information back to HHS.

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.

Health IT gets a $220M funding transfusion

The Health and Human Services Department will give 15 nonprofit organizations $220 million for health IT pilot projects.

Incentives for health IT could include home monitoring equipment

A federal working group considers several requirements for patients to use health IT.

Sankaran to leave HHS' Federal Health Architecture

Vish Sankaran, program director for the Federal Health Architecture system, announced his resignation today.

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.

Patients should be partners in EHR systems, HHS panel told

An HHS advisory panel today heard ed recommendations to allow patients input and a central role in their own health data contained in digital record systems.

Winners and losers under the NHIN Direct project

The Health and Human Services Department's NHIN Direct may cost state health information exchanges a way to make money.

HHS awards $267M for health IT regional centers

The Health and Human Services Department funds centers designed to help doctors and rural hospitals use health IT.

HHS provides $144M for health IT training and research

The Health and Human Services Department is handing out $144 million to set up health IT workforce training programs and health IT research projects.

HHS' Blumenthal disputes rumors on health IT spying

HHS is collaborating with the Justice Department on nationwide health data exchange, but that does not mean the data will go to law enforcement or national security agencies, according to Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health IT.

Think tank finds complex benefits and risks in health IT

The Obama administration's drive for health information technology implementation is occurring while health IT risks and benefits are not well understood, according to a new think tank report.

HHS advisers consider new database for health IT safety

A workgroup for the Health and Human Services Department today proposed a new health IT patient safety national database and reporting system.

What role should government play in health IT?

An HHS federal advisory workgroup describes four strategic roles for the federal government to play in health IT.