January 18, 2019
The government shutdown was well underway for the entirety of JP Morgan week in San Francisco last week, but that didn’t stop HHS leaders from dropping by auxiliary events in the Bay Area.
National Coordinator Don Rucker delivered the opening address to HIMSS’s own Health 2.0 VentureConnect event, while HHS Chief Data Officer Dr. Mona Siddiqui swung by the StartUp Health Festival for a fireside...
January 2, 2019
As America rises to greet the new year, its leaders remain in a funding dispute over border security that has so far resulted in 13 days of a partial government shutdown. While the deadlock is certainly having a prolonged impact on more than 420,000 government employees who are working without pay, and the 380,000-plus who have been furloughed, each passing day threatens greater challenges for...
October 24, 2018
September 27, 2018
Focus on Innovation
In September, we take a deep dive into the cutting-edge development and disruption of healthcare innovation.
September 20, 2018
Looking to the private sector, Eric Hargan, deputy secretary of Health and Human Services, yesterday announced a new program called the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit. The year-long program seeks to link innovation and investment professionals to HHS representatives, facilitating conversations between the public and private sector about the future of healthcare innovation and...
August 28, 2018
The rise in big data has rocked nearly every sector from education to consumer tech, and in particular healthcare. But connecting the dots between the data sources has been a major hurtle in innovation. This is especially true when it comes to the government. The US government’s extensive stores of data are often siloed in different agencies and even departments. A tradition of government...
July 13, 2018
The US government has never been known for its easy-to-use web platforms. At one point getting Medicare or Medicaid information could turn into hours of navigating an antiquated platform. But some of these websites are getting a facelift and becoming faster, simpler, and easier to use. In part, that’s thanks to the brain power of the US Digital Service (USDS), a team of technologists that come to...
May 24, 2018
Bruce Greenstein, the chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services for the past year, has stepped down from his post to return to the private sector. He will join LHC Group, a provider of in-home and post-acute care services, as chief innovation and technology officer.
"Serving this department has been an honor and privilege for which I am incredibly grateful,"...
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...
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...