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Blockchain-AI Tool to Help HSS Collect Live Acquisition Data

The Department of Health and Human Services received approval to use blockchain and artificial intelligence based tools to collect data from the contracting systems to provide live acquisition information, Federal News Network reported FridayHHS Accelerate received the authority to operate on Monday and is expected to immediately start gathering data from five federal contract-writing systems with nearly 100K contracts worth nearly $25B.

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Report: HHS Obtains Authority to Operate AI, Blockchain-Based Acquisition Tool

The Department of Health and Human Services received a full “authority to operate” certification for its ReImagine HHS Accelerate initiative that seeks to improve the department’s acquisition procedures, Fedscoop.com reported Tuesday. The HHS tested the platform with static acquisition data sets to assess its capability to use automation, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to develop microservices that cut acquisition times, create better-designed contracts and reduce costs.

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HHS Wants to Update Draft Strategy for Less Health IT Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment on a draft strategy to reduce regulations and reporting requirements for clinicians when using health information technology, such as electronic health records.

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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.

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HHS Opens Cybersecurity Coordination Center

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.

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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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Lead HHS Cyber Auditor Says Team ‘Well Aligned’ to Face Challenges

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.

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