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By Allyn Moushey, Policy Advisor, HHS IDEA Lab
On Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:04pm

The HHS IDEA Lab has been researching the lack of information technology solutions for poor, multicultural and other underserved communities for the past few months.  Our initial analysis taught us that a key barrier to innovation in this space is a lack (or perceived lack) of interest from private investors and foundations.  So we thought to ourselves, since we are a “Lab,” why not test that assumption? Read more »
By Christopher Zeleznik
On Friday, December 12, 2014 - 10:03am

On November 14th, the HHS DATA Act Program Management Office (PMO) posted a blog announcing the DATA Act Summit being hosted on November 18th.  On behalf of the PMO, please accept our thanks for your interest in Summit!   The summit had approximately 80 attendees from across HHS, whose participation, viewpoints, and energy helped make the summit a success. The PMO received resounding feedback from the audience that each of the panels was informative, insightful and candid in assessing the opportunities and challenges posed by the DATA Act.  Read more »
By Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:28am

Efforts to improve patient safety result in 1.3 million fewer patient harms, 50,000 lives saved and $12 billion in health spending avoided
Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) decline by 17 percent over a three-year period Read more »
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By Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, CDC Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services
On Monday, December 8, 2014 - 9:15am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is improving the complicated job of public health record-keeping called disease surveillance. Surveillance is the ongoing systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data used for planning, implementation and evaluation of public health practice and is closely integrated with the timely dissemination of these data to those who need to know. Put another way, it is putting the right information in the right hands at the right time in the right format to take effective public health action. CDC has 86 data sets cataloged within, many of these data sets are produced by a surveillance system and are shared to enable discovery and broader use of public health data.
 CDC launched a new CDC Surveillance Strategy in February that works to: Read more »
By Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
On Friday, December 5, 2014 - 8:15am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) which will be led by Niall Brennan, the agency’s first Chief Data Officer (CDO), and tasked with overseeing improvements in data collection and dissemination as the agency strives to be more transparent. OEDA will help CMS better harness its vast data resources to guide decision-making and develop frameworks promoting appropriate external access to and use of data to drive higher quality, patient-centered care at a lower cost. Read more »