Tag Archives: HHS

Francis Collins Ending Tenure as NIH Director

Francis Collins

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins will step down from his role by the end of year, concluding a 12-year tenure as the agency's leader. He will continue to lead a laboratory at NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), which conducts biological studies on type 2 diabetes, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

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HHS Awards $73M to 10 Universities Under Public Health IT Workforce Program; Secretary Xavier Becerra Quoted

Xavier Becerra

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $73 million in cooperative agreements to 10 higher education and minority-serving institutions through a program that seeks to train over 4,000 individuals in public health informatics and technology areas. "Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, we can invest in growing our nation's public health workforce today to better meet the needs of tomorrow,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

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HHS Names 6 Winners of Synthetic Health Data Challenge; Steve Posnack Quoted

Steve Posnack

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced six teams as winners of the Synthetic Health Data Challenge with a $100,000 prize pool. The winning groups developed improvements to the Synthea open-source technology that generates data from synthetic patients and models their medical histories, which would help ongoing and future health care research and information technology development, HHS said Tuesday.

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Awards Octo with Agile Coaching Contract; Charlie McQuillan Quoted

Charlie McQuillan

Octo Consulting has been awarded a five-year contract to lead the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Payment System Modernization (MPSM) program in the agency’s transition to modern technology platforms and adoption of Agile processes.

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GAO: HHS Should Strengthen Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Health and Human

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) facilitate threat information sharing to help improve coordination and collaboration on cybersecurity efforts. GAO made the recommendation after it found that the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, one of HHS entities, does not routinely secure threat information from the Healthcare Threat Operations Center. 

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HHS Aims to Diversify Public Health Informatics, Technology Workforce via Funding Initiative; Elise Sweeney Anthony Quoted

Health and Human

An $80 million funding initiative by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will focus on creating a diverse talent pipeline for public health informatics and technology. Elise Sweeney Anthony, executive director of HHS' policy office, noted that the PHIT Workforce Program is eyeing minority-serving institutions to identify candidates capable of forming and participating in consortiums.

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HHS Creates $80M Program to Build Up Public Health IT Workforce; Secretary Xavier Becerra Quoted

Xavier Becerra

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has received $80 million in funds through the American Rescue Plan for a program that seeks to train over 4,000 individuals in public health informatics and technology fields over a period of four years. Applications for the PHIT Workforce Program are due Aug. 11th. 

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White House Allocates $3B for COVID-19 Antiviral Drug R&D Program

Antiviral Program

The Biden administration plans to spend more than $3 billion on projects to discover, develop and manufacture antiviral drugs for the prevention of illness and death from COVID-19. This investment is for the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS said Thursday.

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BARDA, GHIC Form Venture Capital Partnership to Prevent Future Pandemics; Gary Disbrow Quoted

Gary Disbrow

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has partnered with the nonprofit Global Health Investment Corp. (GHIC) on a program meant to advance the use of venture capital practices to facilitate investments in medical technologies that could help prevent pandemics and other public health emergencies.

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