HHS awards over $87 million for health centers’ IT enhancements

16. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced more than $87 million in funding for 1,310 health centers in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin. “Health centers across the country are instrumental in providing high-quality, comprehensive primary health care to millions of people,” ...

New data show major improvements in health care access, affordability, and quality under the Affordable Care Act

15. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
American families saving $3,600 from slower growth in employer premiums since 2010 New studies released this week show Americans are experiencing slower growth in health care premiums, increased access to coverage, and higher quality of care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More Affordable: The average premium for families with employer-sponsored health plans grew just ...

Statement by Secretary Burwell on the Uninsured Rate

11. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell issued the following statement on news that the national uninsured rate dropped to a new low in the first official data reflecting the Marketplace’s 2016 open enrollment season: “Under the Affordable Care Act, our nation’s uninsured rate dropped in the first quarter of the year to 8.6 percent – the lowest level ...

HHS accelerates development of mRNA-based Zika vaccine

07. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today announced an $8.2 million contract award to Moderna Therapeutics of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to help speed the development of a novel vaccine to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.  ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority ...

HHS announces new standards to further strengthen the quality of Head Start programs

06. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new standards today to further improve and strengthen the Head Start program.  The Head Start program promotes the school readiness of children (from birth to age five) from low-income families through early learning, health and family services. Nationwide, Head Start programs have served more than ...

ONC announces Blockchain challenge winners

06. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Papers suggest new uses for Blockchain to protect and exchange electronic health information The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the winners of the Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-related Research Challenge.  A Blockchain—most commonly associated with digital currency—is a data ...

HHS awards $53 million to help address opioid epidemic

06. September 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Additional funding needed to ensure access to evidence-based treatment Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $53 million in funding to 44 States, four tribes and the District of Columbia to improve access to treatment for opioid use disorders, reduce opioid related deaths, and strengthen drug misuse prevention efforts. In addition, funding ...