Health Data Management November 18, 2019
Greg Slabodkin

How the Department of Health and Human Services manages, shares and secures its data is among the top management and performance challenges facing the agency.

That’s the assessment of the HHS Office of Inspector General, which contends that failure to modernize the agency’s data practices will severely limit its ability to improve the health and well-being of Americans.

“HHS operations depend on the effective collection and use of a large amount of sensitive and important data about individuals, healthcare providers, key public health assets, and other entities and actors, which are vital to improving the health and welfare of individuals in the nation,” states an OIG report released on Monday. “However, having large amounts of data does not mean that...