The Government Accountability Office has called on eight federal departments and their component agencies to organize their policies and review and approval processes for their information technology budgets.Read More »
Presidential Innovation Fellows, HHS Partner on Tech Sprint to Improve Patient Experience, Treatment Access
Presidential Innovation Fellows and the Department of Health and Human Services have teamed up to conduct a tech sprint that seeks to improve patients’ experiences and access to health care. The 14-week sprint that commenced in October aims to convert open data from HHS, Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies into digital platforms, according to a Digital.gov blog post published Friday.Read More »
A facility that aims to strengthen cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services has recently opened as part of October's National Cybersecurity Awareness month and the Trump administration's National Cybersecurity Strategy.Read More »
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.Read More »
The head of cybersecurity at the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General recently said that he and his team are learning as much as they can about supply chain threats and application development security, to respond to such issues effectively, Federal News Network reported Friday. Jarvis Rodgers, HHS OIG Cybersecurity and IT Audit Division director, told Federal News Network via email that his unit is aware that risks related to global supply chains “present a unique set of challenges” and that poorly written code can result in costly and persistent security vulnerabilities.Read More »
The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a collaborative program that will explore new opportunities for the U.S. healthcare industry.
The Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit will be a year-long effort that will involve private sector innovators, investors and HHS personnel developing ways to boost investment and research in health services, the department said Wednesday.
The Department of Health and Human Services is awarding more than $1B in grants to address the opioid crisis. The grants support the department's Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which is showing progress based on studies indicating drops in drug use over recent years, the HHS said Wednesday.Read More »
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.Read More »
Four senators have asked the chief financial officers of 13 agencies to address their “use it or lose it” spending at the end of the fiscal year. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said Wednesday Sen. Ron Johnson, Claire McCaskill, Rand Paul and Gary Peters expressed concerns that agencies may possibly spend more money at the end of fiscal year 2018 compared to previous years.Read More »