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HHS Adds 9 Members to Health IT Advisory Committees

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The Department of Health and Human Services has elected new members to the department’s Health Information Technology Standards Committee and Health Information Technology Policy Committee. HITSC recommends standards, implement specifications and confirm criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health data while HITPC suggest policies for the adoption of a …

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Army Org Conducts Preclinical Research on Zika Vaccine Candidate

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and partners at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have conducted preclinical research on a vaccine candidate to potentially prevent the Zika virus in humans, the Defense Department news service reported Thursday. Cheryl Pellerin writes the U.S. Army research organization plans to commence human testing within the …

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CDC Director Tom Frieden Calls On Congress to Support $1.9B Zika Emergency Package

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Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agency, has urged the Congress to back President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request in emergency funds for Zika virus response efforts. Frieden wrote in a blog post published Monday the Department of Health and Human Services has repurposed funds to meet laboratory requirements, develop diagnostic …

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HHS’ ONC to Require Health IT Cost & Limitation Disclosures From Developers

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The Department of Health and Human Services‘ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released updated transparency requirements that obligate health IT providers to file full disclosures on product costs and limitations. ONC Policy Office Director Elise Sweeney Anthony and Steven Posnack, standards and technology lead, co-wrote in a blog …

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