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CMS Launches Medicare Data Access Expansion Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is rolling out a pilot program that will enable clinicians to better access patients’ medical information through the Blue Button 2.0 Medicare data platform.

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HHS Officials on How AI, Data Sharing Could Help Transform Health Care

Department of Health and Human Services officials discussed the potential role of artificial intelligence and data sharing in the prevention and treatment of diseases during a panel discussion on Tuesday at the AI World Government Conference, Federal Times reported Thursday. “[It’s] a way of thinking about how health information flows across the country and the first step is getting it in digital format," said Paula Braun, entrepreneur-in-residence at HHS’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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HHS Digital Service Lead Describes How Expanded IT Affects Healthcare

Shannon Sartin, executive director of digital service at the Department of Health and Human Services, said that expanding information technology may have positive and negative impact on the federal healthcare system, Nextgov reported Monday. Having too many systems running within HHS could increase challenges to healthcare providers, such as additional administrative tasks, which could lead to impersonal, inefficient and expensive care, Sartin said.

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GAO: Feds Need New Guidance to Protect Online Applications

A new report by the Government Accountability Office calls for new guidance on implementing alternative methods for knowledge-based verification to better secure online applications for government benefits. 

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CMS Reports Data Breach Compromising Info of 75K Individuals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently revealed that hackers have broken into one of the agency’s online healthcare registration systems and compromised the data of 75,000 individuals. The CMS stated in a press release dated Oct. 19 that its personnel had monitored “anomalous activities” on the Direct Enrollment pathway, a system used by insurance brokers and agents to guide clients applying for health coverage. The agency subsequently began an investigation into the anomaly on Oct. 13 and confirmed the data breach by Oct. 16.

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Researchers Call Out HHS for Lack of Standardized Data Sharing Protocols

Researchers from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Chief Technology Officer have learned that HHS constituent agencies do not have a standardized mechanism for sharing restricted and nonpublic data. The researchers said in a September 2018 report that there is no uniform documentary requirement among HHS agencies for data requests, and, in many agencies, there is a lack of a "data governance group" that tracks requests and their outcomes. Such deficiencies result in procedural inefficiencies and the siloing of information.

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