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The president's 2016 budget request: Health and Human Services Department

The president's fiscal 2016 budget request proposes $83.8 billion for the Health and Human Services Department – or 6 percent more than the fiscal 2015 enacted level – that includes a sizable bump for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

HHS leans on IT to advance patient engagement strategy

The Health and Human Services Department wants to get more health information in the hands of clinicians and patients, and it's looking to information technology professionals – both internally and outside the organization – to advance access to health records data.

Feds release new draft guide to spur nationwide electronic health information exchange

The roadmap, which was released by the department's National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, identifies ways and actions that providers can take to improve interoperability across different platforms and devices to share information.

Federal health office shares vision for improving healthcare quality through IT

Healthcare quality and value can improve if a nationwide strategy is aligned with principles such as interoperability, system modularity and data capture and reuse, says the office responsible for setting the Health and Human Services Department's information technology strategy.

ONC releases early draft of interoperability roadmap

An early draft form of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's roadmap to interoperability is based on five elements that will help meet three-, six- and 10-year objectives.

ONC: Meaningful use incentive payments, electronic exchanges on the rise for doctors, hospitals

Doctors and hospitals continue to leverage health information technology at an increased rate, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report (pdf) to Congress.

HHS rule change lets more providers meet e-health records goals

More health care providers will now be able to meet goals with certified electronic health record technology, or CEHRT, because of a new rule allowing for more flexibility in how they use it.

Most hospitals, doctors now using electronic health record systems, reports find

The use of electronic health records by hospitals and doctors is up significantly in 2013, two new reports released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicated.

HHS IG: Vulnerabilities in EHR certification process potentially opens systems to attack

An internal Health and Human Services Department audit found insufficient oversight in ensuring that certified electronic health records securely protected patient health data.

HHS official presses NSTIC group to develop ID solution to spur EHR adoption

Better identity management solutions could go a long way in encouraging electronic health record adoption among patients and providers nationwide, said a Health and Human Services Department official June 19. Many of the health information technology efforts spearheaded by HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT rely heavily on credentials and authentication.