January 21, 2021
The start of the Biden administration has signaled a changing of the guard throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For the FDA, Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn has stepped down and has been replaced by acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock. She joined the agency's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in 1984 and held the position of Center for Drug Evaluation and...
April 30, 2020
In many ways’ tech has made the world smaller and more interconnected. Information that once took days to reach new countries now takes milliseconds. Digital health is also shaking up the way patients receive care globally, and how they expect to receive care.
“Our consumer expectations, our knowledge that what we are getting as a consumer in healthcare isn’t matching up to what we are getting...
March 9, 2020
This morning the US Department of Health and Human Services dropped its long-awaited final rules on interoperability, information blocking and patient access.
While the two final documents from the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) specify a number of new requirements laid out in the 21st...
January 8, 2020
Dr. Vindell Washington, the head on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT from August 2016 to January 2017, is the latest to jump on board at Alphabet's Verily, according to tweets from fellow ONC vet-turned-Googler Dr. Karen DeSalvo, as well as from Verily’s communications lead. He comes directly from a position as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana’s chief medical officer....
May 31, 2019
Even as a number of IT organizations pressed the ONC to extend the comment period, and delay the implementation, of its new data sharing and information blocking rules, a group of entrepreneurs gathered in Boston to hear National Coordinator for Health IT Don Rucker discuss those rules and their implications for the innovation community.
At the 2.5-hour event, which also included a panel of...
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...
October 24, 2018
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:...
March 13, 2018
In January, Accenture completed its two-year contract with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to create a white paper to advise the industry about implementing patient-generated health data projects.
Emily Mitchell, a senior manager with the Accenture Federal Services Health and Public Service practice and one of the leaders of the project, sat down with MobiHealthNews to talk...