Department for Health and Human Services (HHS)

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AP: Administration Was Told Had 'High' Security Risk Four Days Before Launch

Adrianne Jeffries | The Verge | October 30, 2013

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the agency that oversaw the launch of the online health insurance marketplace received a memo warning of security risks shortly before the site was deployed. Read More »

Data Integration Issues Cost Health, Human Services Agencies $342B

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | August 24, 2015

The top challenge facing health and human services agencies is data integration, which is wreaking havoc on information systems, costing billions of dollars and reducing care quality. That’s the finding of a new survey of 155 IT executives and program managers working with healthcare and other social service agencies—85 percentof whom say their agency faces challenges when it comes to the eligibility and verification of beneficiaries.

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Health IT Now recommends HHS, Congress take steps against non-interoperable systems

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | June 18, 2014

Health IT Now, buoyed by RAND's recent report on electronic health records, has called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress to "decertify systems that require additional modules, expenses, and customization to share data," and to investigate business practices that prohibit or restrict data sharing in federal incentive programs.

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ONC Contract Guidance Attempts To Level The EHR Playing Field

Marla Durben Hirsch | Fierce EMR | August 1, 2013

Regular readers of FierceEMR know that I tend to be cynical about new developments. I don't take them at face value and delve deeper to see if there's anything in addition going on behind the scenes.  And so it is with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new "legal" guidance on EHR contract terms.

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Open App Challenge, Patent Wars, and more

Bailey McCann | CivSource | October 9, 2012

As the first part of a new $1 million Health Innovation Program, Allscripts, a US-based health care firm has announced an Open App Challenge which asks developers and vendors to to “Start a Revolution” by creating and integrating applications that become an extension of Allscripts’ Open Electronic Health Records software...Other health IT firms are working to build innovation and draw funding in similarly open source ways. Read More »

Virus Nails Hospital, Causes Massive Data Breach

Erin McCann | GovernnmentHealthIT | March 18, 2014

No hospital is too small, evidently, to serve as fodder for hackers. The latest hospital cyber-attack is reported by a small-town rural hospital in Colorado. The hospital discovered it had a computer virus that had collected and encrypted patient data in a hidden file system.

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