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By MobiHealthNews April 13, 2018
Last quarter, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs have both continued to seek public and private partnerships and investigate new technology. Despite controversy over the firing of former VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin, and external criticism from former Vice President Joe Biden toward the Trump administration for taking too long with...
By Jonah Comstock April 2, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services’ position of Chief Technology Officer is a relatively new one. President Barack Obama created the role in 2009 and appointed the first three people to hold the post: Todd Park, Bryan Sivak, and Susannah Fox. That makes Bruce Greenstein the first ever HHS CTO appointed by a Republican president, or even by a non-Obama president. But unlike many Executive...
By Laura Lovett March 13, 2018
As the US government continues its push to make data more accessible and give patients control of their EHRs, private companies are stepping up hoping to fill the gap.  Today Boston-based 1upHealth, a health data aggregation and centralization platform, was named one of the two phase 2 winners of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's “Oh the Places Data Goes:...
By Dave Muoio January 18, 2018
Artificial intelligence-driven health tools, including those built for mobile apps or other technologies, have the potential to conveniently delivery high-quality data and services to a growing share of the population, according to a recent JASON advisory report requested by and developed for HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). To do so, however, major players will need...
By Dave Muoio January 3, 2018
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at HHS announced that will be conducting a challenge competition this fall focused on developing new tools focused on patient-reported outcome (PRO) data. Specifically, the agency hopes to find user-friendly tools that will better enable collection of the data, as well as its integration into EHRs or other health IT products. “The patient's...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2017
Last week, the HHS' opioid crisis code-a-thon concluded with presentations by nine of the 50 teams that participated. Three of these teams were chosen as the competition's winners, and will receive $10,000 to further develop their ideas. “When the government holds a code-a-thon, there’s an admission in society that we have hit a roadblock, that we need help, and we go out to the polity to help us...
November 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General will audit Medicaid payments for telemedicine and telehealth payments to ensure compliance with reimbursement requirements. The report is scheduled for 2019, given the breadth and scope of the project. The audit was added to OIG’s work plan this week, as the agency noted a “significant increase in claims for these...
By Dave Muoio November 1, 2017
Deven McGraw, former deputy director for health information privacy at HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, has left public service for an unnamed Silicon Valley health technology startup, Politico reports. Iliana Peters, a senior adviser for compliance and enforcement in the Office, will at least temporarily step into the vacant position. While McGraw’s only hint as to her new destination was that the...
By Dave Muoio October 26, 2017
As an opioid epidemic continues to threaten the US, the government is looking to its tech-savvy citizens for support. Here at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, Department of Health and Human Services’ Chief Technology Officer Bruce Greenstein called for developers to participate in a government-sanctioned codeathon to devise a technological solution to the epidemic. “When the government...
By Jonah Comstock September 5, 2017
Increased investment in telehealth for providers, employers, and payers has become a reality, a forward momentum that is unlikely to be turned around. But even as adoption ticks up and state and national legislatures open the doors for more telehealth use and reimbursement, recent studies have shown mixed results about the efficacy of the technology.  About a year ago, in an effort to standardize...

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