BREAKING: CMS’ Tavenner to step down

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is stepping down from her position at the end of February.

HHS’ move to Microsoft cloud about more than email

When the Department of Health and Human Services begins rolling out its Microsoft 365 Email-as-a-Service cloud solution later this year, department Chief Information Officer Frank Baitman expects HHS to benefit from more than just the gained efficiencies of consolidating email systems.

Inside Frank Baitman’s plans to consolidate HHS IT in 2015

Frank Baitman has a long list of IT plans for HHS in 2015, but disconnect within the federated department is making things a bit tricky.

New IT subcommittee to debut in 114th Congress

Less than a week after the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act and several cybersecurity-related pieces of legislation passed the U.S. House and Senate to close out the 113th Congress, the head of the next Congress’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced a new subcommittee devoted solely to IT.

Exclusive: HHS to lead 2-year DATA Act pilot

The DATA Act is in full swing, and it’s well known that the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department are partnering to issue a governmentwide set of data standards by May 2015. What’s less known, however, is the Department of Health and Human Services’ role to lead a two-year pilot of the DATA Act beginning the same time next year.

Best places to work: Top 10 large federal agencies

Once again, NASA topped the list of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government among large agencies. The space agency garnered the No.1 spot for the past three years, despite budget cuts and the end of the space shuttle program.

ONC releases health IT strategic plan through 2020

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a strategic plan for the next five years of federal health IT expansion Monday that will act as the basis for next year’s forthcoming Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.

VanRoekel talks firsthand of Ebola-plagued West Africa

U.S. Agency for International Development Chief Innovation Officer Steven VanRoekel said the region’s ability to respond to the crisis was hampered by a crippling lack of infrastructure.

FDA official to innovators: be ‘charmingly persistent’

Federal officials talk about how private industry can help meet the needs of the federal government.

CDC testing big data defense against Ebola

Ebola may not be getting the media attention it did a few short months ago, but it’s still ravaging West Africa. And now the CDC is piloting a tool that merges health, population and movement data to predict the spread of the disease.

‘Dream team’ releases first U.S. open government playbook

A working group of more than 40 government agencies and nonprofits is asking for the public’s help in crafting a guide that details the best ways for the government to engage and collaborate with its citizens.

NCI: Consumer health big data needs clinical validation

Millions of Americans swear by their fitness apps and wearable health tracking devices. But researchers at the National Cancer Institute are hesitant to conclude this wearable tech revolution is clinically effective.

FDA’s Kass-Hout sees tech opportunities in personalized medicine

FDA’s first chief health informatics officer envisions a future where health care could be better tailored to the patent.

Democrats: Todd Park subpoena sends negative message to private innovators

Lawmakers got their chance Tuesday to question former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park about his involvement in the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov. And while Republicans focused on his accountability as a leader, Democrats expressed fear that his forced testimony could discourage private innovators from helping with the government’s major technology undertakings.

CMS creates chief data officer position, new data office

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has hired a chief data officer to lead a new data-focused office overseeing the use of the agency’s wealth of health data.

HHS launches new cohort of Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

IDEA Lab announced a new cohort for its Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program, which matches entrepreneurs from outside government with HHS employees to innovate on “high risk high reward projects” crowdsourced from within the agency.

ONC releases vision for IT enabled quality improvement

The nation has made tremendous improvements in growing its health IT infrastructure in the past decade, and the topic is continuing to grow as a critical focus in the federal health care community. But ONC recognizes that it will all be for naught if the technology and systems don’t achieve the end goal of improving the care quality patients are receiving.

Focus returns to Healthcare.gov tech this weekend

Come Nov. 15, all eyes will return to Healthcare.gov with memories of last year’s flawed technological launch top of mind as the the Affordable Care Act’s second enrollment period begins. But this time around, President Barack Obama and his Healthcare.gov team are confident that things will be different.

Verizon cloud earns FedRAMP authority to operate

FedRAMP gave the OK for Verizon’s enterprise cloud service to operate as a provider for HHS. Verizon was one the first cloud offerings available to the government.

HHS Buyers Club debuts website

The HHS Buyers Club, a platform looking to revolutionize the way the agency acquires new IT systems, has launched its official website.

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